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Top 10 Priorities

ASBA’s Political Agenda Priorities for 2013 are to: 1. Encourage, assist and provide adequate financial support of the curriculum and instructional needs of Arizona’s public schools to ensure college and career readiness of all students. ADVOCACY FOR STUDENTS AND STUDENT NEEDS 2. Advocate for preservation of community governance of school districts through elected representation and oppose federal, tribal, state, county, city or administrative efforts to erode the authority of governing boards. LOCAL CONTROL/GOVERNANCE 3. Advocate for a complete revision of the school finance formula. FUNDING 4. Ensure that all schools receiving public funds are equally accountable financially to the public by complying with conflict of interest laws. Further, seek to ensure that charter funding systems are transparent, do not allow comingling of funds, and revert all public funds and property to the state, if a charter school ceases to operate or loses its charter. ACCOUNTABILITY 5. Reenact and fund voluntary, full-day kindergarten. FUNDING 6. Oppose unfunded and burdensome legislative mandates. LOCAL CONTROL/GOVERNANCE 7. Advocate structural change to Arizona’s tax system to ensure adequate funding for public education while opposing any change to the existing property tax structure unless a comprehensive tax reform proposal is implemented to adequately address the needs of public education. TAXATION/REVENUES 8. Oppose any measure that uses state monies to fund private schools, including vouchers and empowerment accounts. TAXATION/REVENUES 9. Enable Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs) to promote and expand programs, receive equal recognition and full funding benefits. FUNDING* 10. Provide additional funding to help low income and small rural/isolated schools,as well as high-need subject areas, to attract and retain highly qualified teachers. PERSONNEL * This priority has been paraphrased. See Item 10 on page 14 of the 2013 ASBA Political Agenda for the complete text.

Guiding the Political Agenda Process ASBA leadership and members of the association’s Governmental Relations and Legal Services staff guide the political agenda process in concert with the ASBA Legislative Committee.

Dr. Timothy L. Ogle Executive Director

Janice Palmer Director of Governmental Relations and Public Affairs

Randy Schiller 2013 President, Phoenix Union High School District

Geoff Esposito Government Relations Analyst

Chris Thomas General Counsel / Director of Legal and Policy Services

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