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Arizona's top education leader calls for more school funding

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman
Posted at 4:27 PM, Feb 02, 2021

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top education official says sustainable, long-term funding is critical for public schools to make sure students thrive during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman praised some of Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's budget proposals in her annual State of Education speech Tuesday.

But she slammed the governor's plan to enact tax cuts instead of fully funding schools and safety net programs.

She said the state has over $1 billion in its rainy day fund and a projected $2 billion surplus that can easily be tapped to help schools and families that are struggling.