COVID-19 Could Lead To Reductions In Arizona School Funding

Apr 27, 2020

Arizona education leaders say they fear a looming recession created by the coronavirus could once again mean reductions in school funding.

A runner passes a school closed sign Friday, April 24, 2020, in Phoenix. It took a decade for Arizona lawmakers to restore much of the school funding they cut in the wake of the Great Recession. Now, education leaders fear a looming recession created by the Coronavirus could once again mean reductions in school funding.
Credit (AP Photo/Matt York)

From 2008 to 2015, Arizona slashed more money for schools compared to any other state, dropping funding per student by more than 36%. The cuts brought criticism from some state education leaders.

The reduced education spending eventually prompted the #RedForEd movement in 2018, when teachers protested at the state Capitol for a week and brought public education to a halt.

Since then, lawmakers have returned some of the money cut since 2008 to the state’s education budget, but funding is still not back to pre-recession levels, according to the Arizona Republic.