/ Modified apr 26, 2019 4:46 p.m.

Education Issues This Legislative Session

A discussion with the Yellow Sheet's Hank Stephenson.

Education may not be as dominant at the Arizona Capitol this year compared to 2018's historic #RedForEd demonstrations, but it is on the minds of politicians and lawmakers. Yellow Sheet Report editor Hank Stephenson explained how the Legislature is handling funding for education this time around.

"There's a lot of money to go around, but there's a lot of money that's been tied up. You know 10 percent raises, 5 percent raises, they want some money for school counselors, they want money for universities, they want money for other state employees. So really, in order to solve the education funding crisis, it's going to take a new revenue stream," Stephenson said. "None of them are going to come through the Legislature. It will have to be a citizen's initiative on the 2020 ballot."

Stephenson also discussed obstacles facing Gov. Doug Ducey's proposal to improve school safety, the possibility policymakers will look toward tax increases to increase funding for schools and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman's first 100 days in office.

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