Educational Opportunity, Early Literacy and Computer Science Top Gov. Ducey’s Education Priorities

Educational Opportunity, Early Literacy and Computer Science Top Gov. Ducey’s Education Priorities

January 16, 2018

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey continues his support for students by making a significant investment in support for all public schools, including Arizona’s innovative charter schools, computer science, career and technical education and early literacy in his fiscal year 2018-19 education budget. Appropriating $400 million in new funding, the governor’s education budget is the next step toward re-establishing a strong education funding foundation for all schools in Arizona.

“Governor Ducey works tirelessly for Arizona’s students by investing in their academic success from pre-K through graduation. His executive budget supports the youngest students by ensuring they have a strong reading foundation early on, and it prepares students entering the workforce with skills needed in today’s job market. We look forward to watching these executive priorities take shape and become reality in the legislative session now underway.”
J. Alex Kelly, ExcelinEd in Action National Legislative Director

Other highlights of the budget include:

  • $100 million in new per-pupil funding for district and public charter school capital and operations expenses, the first installment of a five-year commitment to restore $371 million in recession-era formula cuts.
  • $12 million to fund early literacy programs, including all-day kindergarten, preschool, reading interventions, reading coaches, longer K-3 school days or a longer school year. This is a $4 million increase over current funding.
  • $2.5 million to fund a Computer Science Pilot Program that offers opportunities for high-quality, rigorous training for new computer science teachers in public schools that do not currently offer computer science instruction.

For more information, read the full breakdown of the Governor’s education budget and the complete FY 19 Executive Budget.