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Prop 123 Supporters Launch Post Election Day Initiative

(Photo by Carrie Jung - KJZZ)
Beth Simek with Arizona PTA at a Prop 123 rally before it passed in the May special election.

A group of parents and public education advocates in support of education funding measure Proposition 123 say the push to improve Arizona schools needs to continue beyond next month’s election. To do that, they’ve launched a new sister initiative called "Prop 123 Go."

Leaders of the initiative say they support the proposition but add it shouldn’t be considered an end-all solution to the state’s school funding issues, but rather a first step.

Joe Thomas is the vice president of the Arizona Education Association. He says after the May 17 election he hopes to use the initiative’s momentum to fund more public school programs.

"An example would be district additional assistants, an example would be returning to state funded full-day kindergarten," Thomas explained. "Those might be things that we see on the menu. We know parents want top level tech in the class rooms."

Opponents of Prop 123 say it’s not a sustainable plan, arguing it takes too much money out of the state land trust rather than using funding from state budget surpluses.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story misidentified the Arizona Education Association official who spoke in support of the intiative.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.