NO on Prop 305 to Save Arizona’s Schools

Arizona’s public school system currently ranks 47th in the nation. Despite this performance, a ballot measure will appear on the Arizona ballot this November that would drain more money from Arizona’s public school system in favor of school vouchers. In order to protect our education system, Arizonans should vote NO on Prop 305 on November 6th.

How Prop 305 Is Bad for Arizona Education

Arizona’s public schools lag behind the rest of the country, ranking at #47 in the nation. Since 2009, Arizona has cut $4.56 billion from its education budget and has continued to cut taxes at the expense of its schools. Arizona should address this issue by increasing funding to its public school system but instead, Arizona is trying to drain more money from its public schools and divert it to school voucher programs. School vouchers are funds given to parents to subsidize the cost of sending their children to private schools. This type of approach does not significantly improve performance — in fact, it leads to increased racial disparities in educational achievement.

In April 2017, the Arizona legislature passed and Gov. Ducey signed into law SB 1431, which would expand school vouchers to all 1.1 million students in the state. This school voucher program would be funded with money currently earmarked for public education, further damaging Arizona's already underfunded public schools. Because of a successful grassroots referendum campaign led by Arizona teachers and parents, the voucher expansion will go before the voters in November as Prop 305.

What Prop 305 Proposes to Do

Prop 305 would take funding from public schools and fund vouchers for private schools. Prop 305 is a referendum of SB 1431, meaning that Arizonans gets to vote directly on the law as if they were members of the legislature. SB 1431 expands Arizona’s school voucher program, known as the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program, to all students in Arizona. Specifically, the funding of the ESA expansion will come directly from money for public schools. Prop 305 will have no effect on current recipients of ESA vouchers, including military and foster children and those with special needs.

What You Can Do

Local Indivisibles have joined with Save our Schools AZ organizing canvassing events across the state to oppose Prop 305.

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