#RedforEd Budget Approved by Governor Doug Ducey Includes $2 Million for ASDB Early Childhood Program

New Budget approved by Governor Doug Dicey after movement by teachers throughout the state of Arizona. #REDforED has helped teachers increase their pay by 20 percent by the year 2020. 

"PASSED! This is a big win for Arizona students, teachers and for public education."

Governor Doug Ducey tweeted that message before 6 a.m. on Thursday after Arizona Senate and House leaders pulled an all-nighter to discuss the approval of a state budget plan impacting Arizona teachers.

Jessica Wani an attorney from Scottsdale Arizona tweeted, 

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This tweet was in response to the tweet that is shown below by AZEdUnited. She tweeted this as a reminder to those that think the fight is over. There is always a possibility that this "bill that has been signed" Governor Doug Ducey has a lot of work ahead of him before he can truly say that problems have been solved in the state of Arizona for Education. 

The response on Twitter by AZEdUnited has helped the community be aware that this bill has indeed ended the walkout by teachers! 

$644.1 million for a 20% increase in teacher pay school year 2020; these raises will be ongoing, protected in the base of the budget and inflated

 $304.9 million for 10% teacher pay raise in FY 2018/FY 2019 (school year 2018)

 $164.7 million for 5% teacher pay raise in FY 2020 (school year 2019)

 $174.5 million for 5% teacher pay raise in FY 2021 (school year 2020)

 

$371 million to fully restore recession-era cuts to Additional District/Charter Assistance, phased-in over five years

• $100 million in FY 2019

• $168 million in FY 2020

• $236 million in FY 2021

• $303 million in FY 2022

• $371 million in FY 2023

  

$86 million in cash funding for the construction of new schools (three in Chandler, one in Tolleson Unified, one in Queen Creek)

$53 million for K-12 school building renewal, the highest level of funding since 2007

$27 million in capital funding for Arizona’s universities: ASU, NAU, and UofA

$8 million for resident student funding at Arizona’s universities

$5.3 million for ADE’s Education Learning and Accountability System

$3 million (plus $7 million in federal dollars) for behavioral and mental health specialists to enhance school safety

$2 million for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind to enhance the early childhood learning program 

$2 million for ASU’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and UofA’s Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

$1.8 million to fully fund the state formula for career and technical education (JTEDs)

$1 million to create a computer science professional development program