Governor Doug Ducey campaigned as "the education governor," but he's left our education system in crisis.
- Ducey cut education spending significantly during his first year in office [AZ Daily Star, 2/3/2018].
- Today, Arizona public schools are still missing nearly $800 million a year compared to 2008 [AZ Schools Now]
- Low pay has created a teacher shortage crisis, with nearly 1,500 positions vacant as of September 2018 [9/3/2018].
- Arizona has also cut university funding by 50% compared to 2008 [Capitol Media Services, 5/24/17]
Ducey says he wants to invest in education – but the laws he has supported and enacted have sucked scarce funding from high-need students and sent it to the state's richest school districts.
- The laws Ducey has supported and enacted have sucked scarce funding from high-need students and sent it to rich school districts and private schools. Ducey’s proposed $38 million education program increased funding for Arizona’s wealthiest schools by $15 million – while low income school districts only received $13.5 million. [Arizona Republic, 4/24/17]
- Ducey’s education program directed 40% of the program’s funding to the highest-income area schools in the state – and most of those schools had zero percent of students considered low income. [Arizona Republic, 4/24/17]
Ducey claims to be an advocate for schools in Arizona, but his massive expansion of the state’s voucher program has continued to funnel millions of taxpayer funds into already-wealthy schools. The program's lack of oversight has led to instances of fraud amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
- Ducey signed a “massive” expansion of the state’s private school voucher program, which put him in good graces with national conservative groups – including the rich and powerful Koch Brothers network. [Associated Press, 4/11/17; Arizona Republic, 4/7/17; Arizona Republic, 10/31/2017]
- A report by the Arizona Republic found the state’s school voucher program had widely been used by more-affluent students in already high-performing school districts to attend private schools. [Arizona Republic, 2/23/16]
- Audits of the state voucher program uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars of fraud, forcing the state to pay for expanded accountability and monitoring staff and services to be paid for by taxpayers. [Arizona Republic, 2/1/17]