“Support Our Kids” and “Citizens for a Quality Education” have joined forces to educate voters about two very critical upcoming ballot measures. On Nov. 3, Washington Elementary School District (WESD) and Glendale Union High School District (GUHSD) residents will determine if their respective budget overrides will be continued.
Here are a few reasons that both WESD’s K-3 override and GUHSD’s maintenance-and-operations override should be continued:
• Both measures provide funding for school programs and services that directly support student achievement and fundamentally impact student success.
• Both districts boast evidence of academic strength. Eighty-eight percent of WESD’s 32 schools have been identified by the Arizona Department of Education as “performing plus” or higher, and no schools are “underperforming.” Seven of GUHSD’s nine schools have been designated “excelling,” while the remaining two are “highly performing.” Override-funded programs have helped bolster achievement in both districts. The continuation of such programs is crucial, if achievement levels are to be sustained and/or improved.
• Upon completing eighth grade, WESD students attend GUHSD schools.
WESD must ensure that students are adequately prepared for the rigors of high school curriculum. Upon graduating from high school, GUHSD students will pursue higher education or enter the workforce. GUHSD must be certain that students are sufficiently prepared for those challenges. Ultimately, adequate funding of public education is essential to the future social and economic well-being of our shared community.
We invite you to visit our Web sites for further information, and we urge you to vote yes on school overrides on Nov. 3.
– Bev Kraft, Chairman, Support Our Kids
– Don DeBusk, Chairman, Citizens for a Quality Education