Governing Board passes resolutions related to legislation

Posted on: March 11, 2015

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The Tucson Unified School District Governing Board adopted resolutions regarding Arizona's proposed state budget at the March 11, 2015 meeting.

The resolution were brought forward by Dr. H.T. Sánchez, TUSD superintendent, to address legislative issues that were raised by Arizona legislators at the Feb. 24, 2015, Governing Board meeting.

"I think this will help support our Pima County as well as our Southern Arizona legislators who have stood for students, the sick, the poor and others who truly need the protection of what a government provides."

The resolutions included:

Before Board Clerk Kristel Foster introduced the budget resolution, she noted that many school districts in Arizona have adopted the resolution, including: Paradise Valley United School District, Glendale Union High School District, Cartwright Elementary School District, Creighton Elementary School District, Buckeye Elementary School District, Dysart Unified School District, Gila Bend Unified School District, Glendale Elementary School District, Holbrook Unified School District, Osborn Elementary School District, Patagonia Union High School High School, Patagonia Elementary, Tolleson Union High School District, Sedona Oak Creek  Joint Unified School District.


WHEREAS, the proposed Arizona state budget for FY 2015-16 includes substantial cuts to District Additional Assistance and JTED/school district funding formulas. It also mandates an increase in classroom spending without funding that increase, thus essentially mandating reductions to important instructional support programs including counselors, speech therapists, audiologists, teacher trainers, curriculum and special education directors, custodial services, and transportation;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the TUSD Governing Board opposes any further reductions to funding for Arizona public school districts, including but not limited to those provisions in the Governor's budget which result in a net reduction of funding for school district programming.

Adopted this 10th day of March, 2015.