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Education plays central role in Arizona governor's race

Posted at 12:11 PM, Aug 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-04 15:11:05-04

Education is one of the top issues in Arizona's gubernatorial race after anger about stagnating school funding bubbled over into a six-day walkout this spring.

Three Democrats and one Republican primary challenger are running to unseat GOP incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey. He's cast himself as a champion of public schools, pointing to a three-year plan to give teachers a 20 percent raise in this year's budget. And he pledges that he's not done yet. But he's coming out strong against any proposal to raise taxes, saying it would harm the business climate.

The three Democratic candidates have varying plans on how to fund schools, including tax increases or eliminating sales tax loopholes.