Cartwright School District #83 proudly serves the Maryvale community and has a long history of providing educational excellence. We have 20 schools - twelve (12) K-5 elementary schools, four (4) K-8 elementary schools, and four (4) 6th-8th grade middle schools that currently serve 19,000 students. Our teachers are highly qualified and certified in their subject areas. With an amazing team of teachers, support professionals and administrators, Cartwright School District #83 is providing a world class education to all students.
VOTERS WILL BE ASKED TO APPROVE CHANGES TO STATE LAND TRUST DISTRIBUTIONS AND K-12 INFLATION FACTORS INCLUDING ECONOMIC TRIGGERS.
THE FUNDING INCREASES TO K-12 EDUCATION WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED ONLY IF VOTERS APPROVE PROP 123
ONLY IF PROP. 123 PASSES WILL SCHOOLS RECEIVE NEW MONEY AS EARLY AS JUNE, 2016 AND NO STRINGS ARE ATTACHED TO THE UTILIZATION OF THESE DOLLARS.
Special Election May 17, 2016
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR SCHOOL FUNDING?
The compromise negotiated settlement on the K-12 inflation funding lawsuit agreed to by the Plaintiffs, Legislative Leadership and Governor Ducey was ratified in a special session held in October, 2015.
The agreement now needs voter approval to be implemented.
Upon voter approval, the agreement will provide approximately $3.5 billion to Arizona’s K-12 education system over a period of 10 years by:
- Increasing the per-student base funding level resulting in $248 million in partially restored funding this fiscal year.
- Increasing funding an additional $50 million annually, beginning this fiscal year, for five years (2016-2020); and then $75 million annually for the next five years (2021-2025).
The 10-year funding increase, after the passage of Proposition 123 by the voters, would come from the state general fund and an increase in the percentage of State Land Trust revenues distributed to K-12 schools from 2.5% to 6.9% per year.
After approval by the voters, the agreement also includes several “fiscal conditions” that may impact funding under specific extreme economic circumstances.
HOWEVER, it locks in a voter protected inflation factor permanently.
If the voters do not pass Proposition 123 at the May 17th election, the Plaintiffs will head back to court for a continued legal battle that could last more than 3 years. If the Plaintiffs are ultimately successful in court, they will likely end up in settlement negotiations again. If unsuccessful in court, the Plaintiffs and schools could end up with $0.
Additional funding from the passage of Prop 123 is a notable starting point for improving education in Arizona, but not the entire solution to all of the challenges Arizona’s education system faces.