No one can say for sure when school buildings will reopen, but this much is certain:
Without immediate action by the federal government, school districts will be forced to make deep budget cuts at the worst possible time.
As a consequence of the COVID pandemic and the resulting steep decline in state revenue, state education funding — and our schools —face deep, damaging cuts.
Absent significant federal education funding support, schools will need to make very difficult budget decisions and cuts after an already difficult spring. Strong federal government assistance would make a major difference.
If the Senate fails to act soon and provide emergency funding, schools will have to lay off teachers and support staff who our children need more than ever, and the education and future of students will suffer
Please contact Senate leaders now and ask them to provide $200 billion in Education Stabilization funding and $4 billion for home learning access for public schools.
Forfeiting our children’s education and future is unacceptable and unnecessary.
From our families to yours, thank you for your support of public education.
Mark Joraanstad, Arizona School Administrators
Rebecca Gau, Stand for Children Arizona
Siman Qaasim, Children's Action Alliance
Beth Lewis, Save our Schools Arizona
Christine M. Thompson, Expect More Arizona