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Tucson Voters Reject Funding Schools Through Overrides And Bonds

Tucson voters failed to pass bond and override measures in three of four districts asking for help this election.

The state's second largest school district, Tucson Unified, watched its $180 million bond request go down with 59 percent of voters against it to 41 percent voting in favor.

Two smaller districts lost their bids for measures. At Sunnyside Unified School District, 64 percent of voters rejected a request for a $9.5 million override. Much like voters rejected a $2 million bond proposal for Marana Unified School District.

The lone winner among the districts asking for help was Flowing Wells Unified School District, where 61 percent of the voters approved a $24 million bond slated to help repair and renovate 50 year old school buildings, buy and repair buses and fix air conditioners.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, city council members see the lack of support for the three other districts as a sign voters want to stop relying on bonds and overrides and force lawmakers to appropriately fund education in the state budget.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.