“On behalf of the Arizona Charter Schools Association, including our state’s 600-plus charter schools serving approximately 160,000 students, we are pleased that today’s opinion by Attorney General Brnovich brings much-needed clarity when it comes to budget cuts to be endured in the next year by small, public charter schools.
“Especially gratifying is that this opinion makes it clear Governor Ducey and legislators never intended to exact an immediate, 100 percent cut from special funding provided to some of Arizona’s smallest and best public charter schools. With this information, we are hopeful the Arizona Department of Education will reverse its earlier position on this issue.
“Our work is not done as an Association. We will continue to work with Governor Ducey and legislators to assure education budget cuts are no larger than was intended and, to the greatest extent possible, to minimize their harm to the quality public education available to students and families of Arizona charter schools.”
Eileen Sigmund is the President and CEO of the Arizona Charter Schools Association.