Superintendent Douglas: Arizona kids can’t afford to wait for funding

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas revealed on Sept. 9, the first of many policy initiatives in her comprehensive AZ Kids Can’t Afford to Wait! Plan to fix Arizona’s education woes and turn our system into the best in the country. The dozens of other policy initiatives will be revealed at a press conference at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the Arizona Science Center, according to a press release. “As I traveled the state during the campaign, and then for several months on my We Are Listening Tour, the number one concern I heard was the lack of funding and support for teachers,” stated Superintendent Douglas in the release. “After seeing revenues so far above forecasts just a few months into this fiscal year, I believe that Arizonans can no longer afford to wait to provide higher quality education to our children. As a result, I’m calling for the immediate appropriation, for this fiscal year, of $400 million to go specifically to teachers in classrooms.”