Factual Information about Proposition 123IMPORTANT DATESApril 18, 2016
Last date to register to voteApril 20, 2016
Early Voting BeginsMay 6, 2016
Early Voting Requests EndsMay 17, 2016Election day
The Education Finance Amendment, Proposition 123 is a constitutional amendment the Arizona Legislature placed on the primary election ballot of May 17, 2016.
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.