December 2015 Survey Highlights

A survey conducted in late December on behalf of Expect More Arizona affirms that education is the most pressing issue on the minds of Arizona voters, above immigration and the economy.

When asked to name specific concerns related to education, increasing funding and teacher pay rose to the top. In fact, when asked what issue they would be willing to pay more in taxes to support, higher teacher pay was the top issue across all parties.

Other results from the telephone survey show that likely Arizona voters:

  • Overwhelmingly support efforts to close the achievement gap and provide a world-class education for every child, regardless of background, income or zip code.
  • Strongly believe that increasing the number of people who graduate from the state’s public community colleges and four-year colleges will help improve the state’s economy.
  • Want students to have access to great teachers and principals.
  • Support programs such as Career and Technical Education that help students receive real-world training.
  • Believe additional funding should be given to schools serving students from low-income backgrounds.

Survey respondents were also asked to dig deeper into the issue of funding. When asked what they believe are the best possible sources for funding education, surplus dollars, renewing and updating Proposition 301, and Proposition 123  were the most popular. Further, nearly two-thirds of likely voters surveyed agree Prop 123 is one important step toward solving education funding issues in Arizona and should be supported by additional new funding.

Additionally, a vast majority of Arizonans believe they have a role to play in supporting education and suggest voting, volunteering and having high expectations for kids in their families are the best ways to make a difference.

For more detailed poll results, click here.

Expect More Arizona’s 2016 Goals

With a better sense of how Arizonans feel about various education issues, Expect More Arizona will call on its growing network of individuals and organizations to collaborate with us around seven key goals in 2016. We urge support for:

  • A long-term solution to increase education funding that focuses on equity and excellence in results and allows schools to attract and keep great teachers and principals.
  • The passage of Proposition 123, as one important step toward a sustainable and dependable funding plan for K-12 education.
  • Restoration of the $30 million FY17 cut to Joint Technical Education Districts/Career and Technical Education, which is a proven strategy for increasing high school graduation rates and engaging disconnected youth.
  • Expenditure limitation relief for the state’s community colleges.
  • Reinvestment in the state’s public universities and moving toward funding 50% of in-state resident tuition.
  • Rigorous academic standards in English and math in Arizona classrooms.
  • The continued use of a high-quality statewide assessment that is aligned to the standards, provides teachers and parents with meaningful information, and has a proficiency score that indicates college and career readiness.

Everyone has a role to play. Take action today.

A high-quality education system doesn’t just benefit students, it impacts everyone’s quality of life.  We all have a role to play in ensuring every Arizona child receives a world-class education, from the early years through college and career.

The path to excellence requires students who are motivated and ready to learn, involved parents, trained and committed educators, informed voters, an engaged business and philanthropic community, and capable and supportive elected officials.

You can take the first step by sending a quick message to your elected leaders to encourage them to make education their top priority in 2016.