Thank you, to everyone who participated in Expect More Arizona’s Vote 4 Education campaign.  You canvassed your neighborhoods, participated in voter forums, held house parties and raised education up as a top priority in this election.   We appreciate the support, but most importantly, we appreciate your commitment to ensuring all Arizona students receive a world-class education.

Yesterday, Arizona’s voters decided not to pass Proposition 204, and Proposition 118 remains too close to call.  When the one-cent sales tax expires in May of 2013, this will mean a $1 billion shortfall in our state budget, leading to additional gaps in education funding.  The funding cliff will occur at the same time that we implement Arizona’s Common Core Standards, for all students, K-12th grade.  It is now more important than ever that we work together and make education the top  priority for our state.

There’s still a window of opportunity in the near-term to deliver much needed resources to Arizona’s students.  Over the next few months, as the state budget is developed, it will be critical to work with our elected leaders to prioritize the resources needed for education, particularly to help implement Arizona’s Common Core standards.  While many districts and schools have worked hard to reprioritize their scarce resources to train teachers and prepare students to meet a new, higher bar, additional resources are needed to ensure that teachers receive effective training and that schools have the necessary curriculum and technology in place.

We know that building a world-class education in Arizona is a long-term effort and will require your support and engagement over time.  We’re not going to get there tomorrow, but this is a vision that we can achieve, that we will achieve, if we stay committed and work together.  The economic future of our state and our overall quality of life depend on it.

We’ve only just begun.  Let’s work together to continue raising our voice in support of education in our state.  Let’s celebrate and support outstanding educators as they continue to do more with less.  Let’s hold our elected leaders accountable to make strategic investments in education, from birth-career.  And, together, let’s stay committed over the long-term to doing what it takes to ensure all Arizona students succeed in college, career and in life.

Expect More Arizona will continue to keep you informed of these key issues over the coming months, and ways that you can raise your voice to support education. Together, we can build a world-class education system for all Arizona students.

Paid for by Expect More Arizona PAC – Yes on 118 and 204.  Major funding provided by Expect More Arizona.  This political committee has not accepted any public funds.