The statewide survey of 10,800 classroom teachers — mostly from Maricopa County, but with all counties represented — also revealed 56% of teachers had not been included in their school’s planning process for reopening.
“While no one knows what the next few weeks, months or even year will hold, it is essential that schools and other education decision-makers include student, parent and teacher voices in the process,” said Christine Thompson, president and CEO of Expect More Arizona, in a press release. “The large number of participants in our survey speaks volumes about educators’ desire to be heard.”
Property tax increase
Immediately prior to the regular school board meeting next week, FUSD will also hold a public hearing to discuss its budget for the 2021 fiscal year and an increase in property taxes for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
FUSD is proposing an increase in its primary property tax levy of $500,000. This amount would raise its primary property taxes on a $100,000 home by $3.61 — to $4.45 total.
In a June 9 report, Director of Finance Scott Walmer said these funds will support the Mount Elden Middle School renovation and the creation of the new Killip Elementary School.
The proposed FY21 budget, totaling about $72.4 million, includes a $1.6 million increase to the Maintenance and Operations budget due to “base support and student count.” Capital funding from the state has also increased by nearly $728,000.