Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and education stakeholder groups from across the state sent a letter to Arizona’s Congressional Delegation to express their gratitude for earmarked K-12 Funding as a part of the CARES Act and shared the need for further funding.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already imposed new and unexpected costs. Furthermore, once schools can re-open their brick and mortar facilities, additional costly precautionary measures will have to be taken including cleaning and disinfecting school sites, providing personal protective equipment to those who need it, and implementing social-distancing measures as appropriate and feasible. Schools will have no choice but to address new and costly challenges at a time when revenues at all levels are expected to decline significantly as a result of the current economic downturn.
Given the uncertain nature of this public health crisis, and how the corresponding economic downfall will impact education funding, schools need significant additional support to plan for and implement learning opportunities in the next academic year to keep all children, families, and educators safe while continuing high-quality learning.
“In the face of a global pandemic Arizona schools and educators continue to be a beacon of hope for our communities. In addition to providing vital nutrition services, schools are working overtime to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of students,” said Superintendent Hoffman. “Schools will need ongoing resources in order to provide the critical supports families in Arizona rely on.”
The Yavapai County Education Service Agency is among the large number of education stakeholder signees across the state signing the letter to Arizona's Congressional delegation.