Why dropping Housing Values affect us all..school budgets slashed and burned…

Here is the battle we are facing in  Arizona..our DEM Governor has been tapped as DHS Secretary and our GOP SoS has taken over…the plummeting housing values have crippled the budget and here comes the GOP with their red pen..

This is why we NEED HOLC, we will not recover until a floor is put under housing….and frankly states with large immigrant populations that spend so much of their budgets on english as a second language need more money from the budget as long as that is in our mandate…

Republican Legislators Propose Heavy Education Cuts

Students begin to protest Republican cuts
House Appropriations Chairman John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills

On right, Senate counterpart, Russell Pearce, R-Mesa

PHOENIX (By Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic) — The state could eliminate all-day kindergarten and save $218.3 million next year, according to a plan presented to lawmakers this week.

And there could be an additional $218 million in savings in the budget year that starts July 1 if lawmakers opt to suspend money sent to the schools for such things as furniture, textbooks and school buses.

No cuts to these programs are proposed for the current year.

These are among the details contained in a phone-book-size document released Friday. It outlines more than 500 budget-cutting options from the state’s two budget chairmen to help the state close a $1.6 billion deficit this year, as well as an anticipated $3 billion deficit in 2009-10.

The proposal would phase out state money to help schools pay bonuses to experienced and excelling teachers. Schools would need to cut teaching positions and increase class sizes, said Tom Horne, state superintendent of public instruction.

“It would be harder to attract and retain qualified teachers, and that’s the real impact,” Horne said.

Lawmakers were presented with the generalized plan Thursday but didn’t get the details until Friday.

And some were quick to note that the “budget options” plan is far from a final deal.

“Those options are just that . . . options,” Rep. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, said in a news release. “Those options did not come from House leadership but do demonstrate how bad the state’s budget situation is for the foreseeable future.”

Crandall, chairman of the House Education Committee, said he was stung by the suggestion that the options represent the will of the Legislature’s Republican leadership.

Rather, they are ideas set out by House Appropriations Chairman John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, and his Senate counterpart, Russell Pearce, R-Mesa.

The two budget chairmen told lawmakers the options are a starting point for revising this year’s budget, as well as building a new budget for 2009-10.

But they cautioned that if any lawmaker wants to rule out an option, he or she must suggest a cut elsewhere to keep the plan in balance. And as far as the current-year budget is concerned, they said there is little time to spare. Kavanagh and Pearce said they want to get a revised fiscal 2009 budget finished by Jan. 31.

“You can’t wait.  Every day lawmakers delay, spending continues unabated,” Pearce said Thursday.

Among other details in the options budget:

• Eliminate the KidsCare health-care program, for a savings of $18.3 million this year and $35.6 million next year. The program provides health care to nearly 63,000 Arizona children. These children come from families that do not qualify for the state’s Medicare program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, but whose incomes fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty level of $21,200 for a family of four.

• Eliminate KidsCare Parents, a companion program to KidsCare that covers parents. Ending the program would save $4.7 million this year and $7.3 million next year.

• Cut funding to the Arizona Board of Regents by $26 million this year and $58 million next year. Among the options: Take the official enrollment count on the 45th day of the semester, rather than the current standard of the 21st day. Typically, enrollment is lower later in the semester.

• Save $115 million by cutting various university programs this year, mostly through lump-sum reductions. Another $178 million in savings is suggested for 2009-10.

In a news release, Arizona State University President Michael Crow called the options plan a blueprint for putting Arizona “on the path to resembling a Third World country.”

Colleges face their biggest cuts

Arizona State University officials said budget-reducing options proposed by the state Legislature would be the largest higher-education budget reduction in the state’s history. The proposal would cut the system’s budget by up to $243 million for the remaining few months of fiscal year 2009 and $388 million for fiscal year 2010.

ASU administrators said it is unreasonable to expect the university to suffer cuts close to the suggested magnitude without severely curtailing the service ASU provides its 67,000 students and reducing the enormously important role it plays in the state’s economy.

State officials have said the budget is one of the worst in Arizona’s history and will require severe cuts not only to universities but also to public schools and other entities.

Arizona State University would lose 26 percent of state money in 2009, spokeswoman Terri Shafer said. The proposed cuts for 2010 would equal 40 percent of state money or the equivalent to withdrawing funding for more than 40,000 students, Shafer said.

Budget work begins Tuesday in the Senate Appropriations Committee and continues Wednesday in House Appropriations.

Join the Facebook group, call your legislators, take action!

On January 16, 2009, the Arizona State legislative leadership put forward figures on possible cuts to higher education in the State of Arizona. They have suggested mid-year cuts to the university system that could total $243 million – approximately one-quarter of the entire budget, with a total reduction of $388 million into fiscal year 2010.We are very conscious of the difficult deficit challenge facing the state, but cuts of this magnitude would bring irreparable damage. It would force the closure of colleges, increase the costs for attendance, and ultimately cut access to the best hope of a better way of life for our young people.

This group is formed to show opposition to this proposal from Arizona Graduate and Professional Students.

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The University of Arizona’s Graduate and Professional Student Council
Scottsdale Parent Council

Dear Parents and Friends of Public Education,

You may have heard that some legislators are pushing to make some of the needed budget cuts by this week’s end.  Their goal is to impact the current fiscal year’s $1.6 billion deficit.Please keep in mind that two things are happening simultaneously:
Legislative Task 1. The Legislature is about to release its proposed plan to cut the current year budget to address the $1.6 billion revenue shortfall. K-12 education’s portion of that is expected to be around $90-$100 million. The legislation that is expected to be passed this week addresses this first task.Legislative Task 2. The Legislature has proposed a list of options to cut education that totals nearly $1 billion for 2010 (next school year) but nothing solid has started to move yet. NOW is our chance to impact that number and attempt to lower it.

Some of the talked-about cuts for the budget that will impact the current school year (see Task 1 above) have been on the table since December and according to SUSD leadership we are prepared to act if required to do so. In the meantime, we are doing all we can to inform our elected rep resentatives at the State Capitol about the catastrophic impact of the budget options for 2010 that were released more than a week ago.

See below on how to be informed on these proposals and their impact to SUSD, and how to engage with your legislators regarding the nearly $1 billion in cuts proposed for education next year.

1) Be informed
Our district leaders will be posting a power point presentation on the SUSD website explaining how the proposed cuts will affect our schools. This presentation will be made at Tuesday evening’s School Board meeting.  Take a minute to learn the facts, and help us begin a productive dialogue.

2) Contact your representatives and senators
Remember to be brief and polite, put something in the subject line indicating the purpose of your note, and sign with your full name and address.  A legislator can only represent your interests if s/he knows what they are!

3) Attend a House budget hearing
The House Democrats are taking business on the road, and holding 5 hearings around the State.  The Phoenix hearing is this Thursday at 8:30 pm.  Go here for complete information.

4) Attend an Education Committee hearing
The Education committee is also traveling in the next couple weeks to Tucson and Flagstaff.  Education Committee hearings at the House regularly happen at 2 pm on Mondays.

5) Register to comment on ALIS
ALIS (Arizona Legislature Information System) registration allows you to post a comment on any bill being heard in committee.  You must log in once at the Capitol, and then can comment from any computer thereafter.  SPC also allows you to register by proxy.  Download the form from our website and mail it in or deliver it to the SUSD Education Center.

We will be facing tough decisions and complicated situations in the near future, but our commitment to our kids and our schools will not falter.  Thank you for your time and your dedication to all the kids in our State.

Together we can make a difference!

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  1. littleriver replied:

    We got to stop thinking in terms of “slashed school budgets” and crank it up to a more useful “eliminating school budgets altogether” kind of thing.

    Schools do nothing but indoctrinate the kids and make them even more worthless than if they hadn’t attended at all.

    Let’s save our money and move on to something better.


    • ginaswo replied:

      Frankly I am starting to think about home schooling but then we lose soccer and most dialy contact with the other scouts….


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