David Lujan will discuss why voters should pass Prop. 208, the Invest In Ed ballot initiative. He is one of the authors of the 2018 and 2020 versions of the initiative.
Passage of Prop. 208 in November will mean:
- Arizona’s commitment to public schools will be restored.
- The state’s economy will benefit.
- Education funding, after a decade of overall cuts by politicians, will be restored and stabilized.
- It will help reduce teacher shortages.
- Class Sizes would become smaller.
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According to data provided by the Arizona Center for Economic Progress, voters should remember that:
- Public K-12 Education has not been fully funded since 2008.
- Arizona has a shortage of qualified teachers.
- Rural and poorer school districts are hardest hit with the teacher shortage.
- Teacher salaries in Arizona are still at the bottom of national rankings.
- Arizona, in 2016-17, had the highest student to teacher ratio in the country.
- Our state has the worst student to counselor ratio in the nation.
David Lujan is also the Director of the Arizona Center for Economic Progress. He is a former member of the state Senate and House of Representatives and has worked in public policy in Arizona for 20 years. He served as an assistant attorney general advising the School Facilities Board, legal counsel for the Arizona senate, a staff attorney providing legal services to abused and neglected children and, most recently, as a public policy director for Reading Partners, an organization that provides services to young children struggling in school.
David also served as the chief administrator for Arizona State University’s Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, a public charter school for preschool through 12th-grade students. David earned his law degree at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU.