Court Rejects Legal Challenge to Prop 208

Current Events & News | 02/09/2021

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. 

The full poll is available here

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.  

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