Vouchers take more money away from our already underfunded schools. Official state estimates predict SB1431 will cost the state millions, all coming from cuts to public education. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Strong public schools make a strong state. Just as an educated population strengthens our state economy and maintains property values, a poorly funded public school system lowers wages and property values, discourages business from locating in Arizona, and depresses our economy overall. With 95% of Arizona families choosing public schools, our state must invest its resources in those students in order to succeed.
Arizona voters across all parties and professions consistently name education as the state’s top priority. Arizonans oppose voucher expansion by a margin of more than 2 to 1, and 97% of them name public education as central to Arizona’s success. (Source: polls conducted 12/2016, 10/2016, 9/2016, 1/2016, 5/2012,)