This is really scary. On Friday Highground Public Affairs Consultants released results of a poll that surveyed likely Arizona voters that was done on 5/18 through 5/22. Paul Bentz, Senior Vice President of Research and Strategy for Highground, provided us with some information from the survey. Remember, that district and charter schools are public schools responsible to serve all students. The survey looked at a number of issues. However, one of the results showed that 18.3% of the voters with kids at home were “Definitely No” for allowing kids to go back to school. Also, another 15.1 % were “Probably No” to allowing kids to go back to school. This is scary because both school districts and charter schools receive state funding based upon the number of students receiving educational services from a district or charter school. With more than 30% of the respondents with kids at home having concerns about sending their students to school when districts and charters reopen  public schools face a significant loss of students which means a significant temporary loss of state funding that would put our Arizona public schools at great financial risk. The Arizona Legislature needs to provide some special legislation that will provide both districts and charters with some temporary  flexibility in the state funding formula to allow our public schools to survive the financial impacts of the coronavirus disease.

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