Questions to Ask Elected Leaders & Candidates
We need your help to ensure we have elected officials who are committed to supporting the policies and long-term funding solutions required to get there. Use our online platform to challenge your candidates with questions about education issues that matter most to you.
Please share a challenge or success story from a recent visit to a public school in Arizona – district or charter. (…a community college or university campus? …a quality early education program?)
What questions have you asked of local school leaders or educators and what have you learned as a result?
What strategies do you support to connect more young children with high-quality early learning in preschool and child care?
There are many factors that impact teacher recruitment and retention, including adequate student support staff (counselors, nurses, interventionists, etc.), class size, professional development opportunities, and respect for the profession. What ideas do you have for ensuring we have a high-quality teacher in every classroom?
Students across Arizona, particularly low-income and minority students, often do not have equal access to an excellent education. We also know that academic success requires attention to the needs of the whole student.
What investments or policies would you promote to support the success of every student regardless of their background, income or zip code?
What is your plan to support wrap-around services?
In order to attract new companies and jobs to Arizona we need both a talented workforce and a strong education system. Talk about the connection you see between early education, K-12, higher education and economic development and where you see the
greatest opportunity for change. What policies do you intend to pursue to help
drive that change?
Approximately 7-of-10 jobs require training or education beyond a high school diploma. Arizona’s ability to increase the number of people with such credentials will, in many ways, shape our future economic viability.
What is your plan to improve access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) and higher education and ensure Arizona businesses benefit from a skilled talent pool?
What ideas do you have to increase state-sponsored financial aid in order to increase access for more Arizonans to postsecondary education opportunities?
Arizona’s funding formula was developed 35 years ago. Who would you bring to the table for conversations about revising the education funding formula to ensure Arizona schools are able to provide every student equal access to an
Local bonds and overrides were created to allow school districts to request money above and beyond what is needed to operate successfully, yet many districts now rely on this funding for basic services. How would you ensure the state is doing its most
important job of providing general and uniform funding for basic education
Please explain your understanding of classroom versus non-classroom spending?
Do you believe that current P-20 education funding is sufficient? Please explain. (Or choose from the following funding questions.)
In general, would you say that the salaries that K-12 teachers receive in Arizona is too high, too low or just about right? Please explain.
In general, would you say that the amount of funding K-12 schools receive in the State of Arizona is too low, too high, or just about right? Please explain.
In general, would you say that the amount of funding for quality childcare and preschool programs in the State of Arizona is too low, too high, or just about right? Please explain.
In general, would you say that the amount of funding for the State of Arizona’s community colleges and universities is too low, too high, or just about right? Please explain.