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    IMPORTANT DATES
     
    April 18, 2016
    Last date to register to vote
     
    April 20, 2016
    Early Voting Begins
     
    May 6, 2016
    Early Voting Requests Ends
     
    May 17, 2016
    Election day

    The Education Finance Amendment, Proposition 123 is a constitutional amendment the Arizona Legislature placed on the primary election ballot of May 17, 2016.


    Introduction

    The measure would allocate $3.5 billion for education funding. About $1.4 billion would come from general fund money and $2 billion would come from increasing annual distributions of the state trust land permanent funds to education. It would raise the distributions from 2.5 percent of the average value of the funds to 6.9 percent for the next 10 fiscal years.

    Why the funding increase?

    With this amendment, state officials hope to settle a five-year lawsuit over school funding. In 2010, K-12 school districts and charter schools alleged that during the Great Recession in 2007, the state ignored Proposition 301, a ballot measure approved by voters in 2000 that required "automatic inflation adjustments in the state aid to education base level or other components of a school district's revenue control limit." The schools allege they were shorted necessary funding required under the measure. For more information on this, visit the Arizona School Boards Association website.

    How much money would districts receive?

    Deer Valley Unified School District would receive an additional $6.1 million if Prop. 123 passes. The amount each school district and individual school receives depends on the number of students it has.

    Would Prop. 123 raise taxes?

    This plan would increase K-12 education funding without raising taxes. 
     
    The deadline to request an early ballot delivered to you by mail for the May special election for  Prop. 123, is May 6. For more information about early ballots, click here. You must be a registered voter to request an early ballot.