Superintendent's Monthly Letters

2016-2017

 

Superintendent's Message
Dr. Debbi C. Burdick
April, 2017

Dear Parents, Community and CCUSD Staff,

 

The 2017 Arizona Legislative Session continues and many of you have asked where House Bill 2001 is currently (HB2001) in the Legislative process.  You may remember that the bill is sponsored by Representative Heather Carter, who represents the western portion of our school district (District 15).  For detail and history on the bill, please click here.

At this point in time, it appears that the bill, which would have allowed CCUSD taxpayer dollars to remain in CCUSD rather than being distributed to state-aid districts, is no longer viable.  However, the focus on CCUSD and the need for more equitable funding is still in discussion at the Capitol.  Last week, I sent out an email to all of our shareholders asking that they email our Legislators, the Speaker of the House, as well as other key Legislators on the Appropriations Committee, encouraging them to provide budget assistance for CCUSD.  We are continuing to work with key staffers and leadership to support CCUSD with temporary financial relief in the State Budget until there is a major overhaul of the School Finance System, which has become splintered and inequitable.

Governor Ducey had a diverse committee of educators, business people and parents that worked for a year to study and recommend a viable finance system that would provide equity for all Arizona's children and Arizona's schools.  The committee, named Classrooms First Initiative Council, was not able to come to consensus and no overhaul of the system resulted.  The original finance system, without all the changes and reductions that had been enacted for the recession, charter schools and private schools, was a reasonable and equitable system.  Just going back to that system, which funded for all students, would be preferable to the system we are currently using.

If you did not have the time to read or send an email last week, click here to access the information to do so.  Thank you for your support of our amazing schools.

Sincerely,

Debbi Burdick, Ed.D.