Katie Hobbs on Education



We must immediately override archaic funding cap

We must first address the potential catastrophe that will happen in just a few months if the legislature does not act to address the archaic funding cap--officially known as the Aggregate Expenditure Limit--by March 1. The solution is simple and it doesn't cost another penny. Representative David Cook has already introduced a resolution to override this outdated limit. This legislature should bring it to the floor. The Democrats in both chambers are ready to act on this immediately.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Arizona legislature , Jan 9, 2023

Vouchers lack accountability; will likely bankrupt the state

Rather than doing the right thing, the previous legislature passed a massive expansion of school vouchers that lacks accountability and will likely bankrupt this state. In fact, funding this expansion is poised to cost Arizona taxpayers an estimated $1.5 billion over the next 10 years if left unaddressed. That's why when my budget is delivered on Friday, you will see that it truly invests in public schools and students--ensuring we are a Prepared Arizona.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Arizona legislature , Jan 9, 2023

It's not an educator shortage; it's a retention crisis

The reality is, we don't have an educator shortage, what we have is a retention crisis. There are too many amazing professionals who have walked away from the career they love because of the uncompetitive salaries, onerous policies, and unfunded mandates this state has chosen to implement that rob educators of the joy of teaching. Teachers are creating the workforce and leaders of tomorrow, and it's time we started treating them with the respect they deserve.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Arizona legislature , Jan 9, 2023

Expand Arizona Promise Scholarship Program for state college

For tens of thousands of students, choosing to pursue a four-year degree from one of our state's major public universities is the right path. That's why we're expanding the Arizona Promise Scholarship Program, which last year made college more affordable for over 4,000 families, by including funding capacity for an additional 10,000 students who will now have an opportunity to pursue a college degree but otherwise would have been held back by the associated costs.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Arizona legislature , Jan 9, 2023

Expedite robust fixes to school buildings across the state

Students need an environment conducive to learning, and schools shouldn't need to jump through hoops to get crumbling classrooms fixed the right way--like fixing leaking roofs and replacing malfunctioning air conditioning systems. That's why Katie Hobbs will streamline and cut red tape at the Arizona School Facilities Board. Hobbs will also expedite robust fixes to school buildings across the state and aim to lower the costs of long-term maintenance.
Source: 2022 Arizona Gubernatorial campaign website KatieHobbs.org , Dec 20, 2021

New funding for STEM education grants and scholarships

We need to prioritize training students for good-paying jobs in our rapidly growing STEM sector. While STEM jobs pay double that of non-STEM fields on average, people of color and women are underrepresented. A Hobbs Administration will work with the Department of Education to provide new funding for grants and scholarships dedicated to creating more STEM educators and providing resources to build a pipeline of diverse students with the skills needed to land jobs with Arizona employers.
Source: 2022 Arizona Gubernatorial campaign website KatieHobbs.org , Dec 20, 2021

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KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2024:
DE: Gov. John Carney (D, term-limited);
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D)
vs. Matt Meyer (D)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
Sen. Mike Braun (R)
vs. Suzanne Crouch (R)
vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Tanner Smith (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024 (continued):
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Dale Folwell (R)
vs. Michael Morgan (D)
vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
vs. Andy Wells (R)
ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
vs. State Rep. Rick Becker (R)
NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
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vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
vs. Cinde Warmington (D)
UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
vs. State Rep. Phil Lyman (R)
VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
Hilary Franz (D, withdrew)
vs. State Sen. Mark Mullet (D)
vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
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vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
vs. WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (R)
vs. State Del. Moore Capito (R)
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