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Ducey Promises Future Education Spending Increases Will Outpace Inflation

Arizona State of State Address
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey giving the State of the Sate Address on Jan. 8, 2018.

Gov. Doug Ducey spent several minutes of his State of the State address on Monday on education. He segued to the topic by pointing out that prison spending in Arizona is decreasing while education spending is on the rise.

Ducey highlighted gains like the fact that three Arizona schools ranked in the top 20 for academic improvement nationwide.

The governor also addressed school spending. He pointed out that state lawmakers have committed $1.7 billion in new state funding to public education over the last 3 years, and he pledged to ensure future school spending increases would be higher than inflation as long as he’s in office.

"This week I will release my budget," Ducey said. "It will include a full commitment to accelerate the state’s K-12 investment and restore long standing cuts from the recession made before many of us were here."

Ducey’s focus on education wrapped up with a salute to Arizona’s public universities for what he called encouraging debate and free speech. 

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.