A WIN FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS: COURT REJECTS INITIAL CHALLENGE TO PROP 208 – INVEST IN EDUCATION ACT
With almost a billion dollars of education funding on the line, the legal challenge seeking to enjoin voter-approved Prop 208 - Invest in Ed has been rejected by the Superior Court of Arizona.
(PHOENIX)-- Today, the Superior Court of Arizona denied plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction to halt implementation of the new voter-approved tax on the wealthy to fund education. Passed in November, Prop 208 – Invest in Ed is expected to raise almost $1 billion for Arizona schools in its first year alone. In an attempt to undermine the will of the voters, opponents have tried to hold it up in court through a legal challenge that included a request for an immediate injunction.
The preliminary injunction would have prohibited the state government and the Department of Revenue from “taking any action to enforce Proposition 208 . . . levying any surcharge, or appropriating general fund public monies . . . to pay for costs associated with Proposition 208.” The court released its ruling this morning, “IT IS ORDERED the plaintiffs’ request for preliminary injunctive relief is denied.”
“This is a win for students and teachers,” said Rebecca Gau, Executive Director of Stand for Children Arizona. “We think this is a very positive sign that the courts will do what is right and just, which is to uphold the voter-approved Invest in Education Act that our students and teachers so desperately need.”
A recent Stand for Children opinion poll shows emphatic support for additional education funding and opposition to any attempt to bypass taxes from Prop 208 – Invest in Ed. 72% of Arizona voters believe there is still a need for additional funds for Arizona public schools, even with the additional funds from Prop 208 – Invest in Ed. Arizonans also oppose the legal challenge, as well as tax cuts on the wealthy to offset its impact.
Our legal defense team has done a great job by keeping one step ahead of those trying to dismantle the voter-approved law for education funding. But there are more challenges coming.