By Expect More Arizona

Something for Everyone

Governor Ducey’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 (FY20, July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) includes important investments in all of education, including early childhood education, K-12 and postsecondary.

He continues to follow through on his commitment to increase teacher pay 20 percent by 2020 and restore district and charter additional assistance over five years. Additional new investments in K-12 will support the hiring of school counselors and social workers, increased career and technical education opportunities, K-12 school construction and more. His proposal also includes $104 million in new investments for Arizona’s universities and community colleges.

Our recent poll results show that education remains the top issue among Arizona voters, and that teacher pay and lack of funding are the leading concerns. Governor Ducey’s budget proposal puts approximately 50 percent of all new spending in FY20 into K-12 and higher education, which is good for our students and our state. New investments each year, combined with meaningful policy conversations and a willingness to work together, will help us meet our shared statewide goals.

Education unlocks the potential of individuals and communities. The success of every student is vital to our state’s economic prosperity and civic health and everyone’s quality of life. We look forward to working with the Governor and state leaders to advance all of the investment priorities outlined in the Roadmap for P-20 Education Funding.

Early Childhood Education

Child Care Subsidies – Last year’s federal budget increased funding to the Child Care Development Block Grant. Arizona’s share was $56 million, but the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) could not spend those dollars because the state’s budget did not include an expenditure authority to do so. Governor Ducey’s proposed FY20 budget does include the $56 million. The money will be added to the FY19 budget and carry forward into FY20 so that DES can begin spending the money now. Under his plan, 50 percent of the new funds will go toward increasing the average child care subsidy rate, affecting about 39,000 Arizona children. 

The average monthly child care subsidy rate will be increased by 16 percent at the Department of Child Safety and 17 percent at the Department of Economic Security. By upping the rates, Arizona’s maximum rate will now rank above neighboring states like Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. The remaining 50 percent of the funding will broaden the number of parents eligible to receive child care support, improving access to child care for the parents of an additional 5,100 Arizona children, which also allows these parents to work or advance their own education.