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Proposed education cuts prompt Capitol protest

Several hundred teachers, parents and students gathered outside the chambers March 5 to protest proposed cuts to public schools and state universities. (Photo by Rachel Leingang/Arizona Capitol Times.)

Several hundred teachers, parents and students gathered outside the chambers March 5 to protest proposed cuts to public schools and state universities. (Photo by Rachel Leingang/Arizona Capitol Times.)

While the Senate Appropriations Committee took testimony on the budget bills this afternoon, several hundred teachers, parents and students gathered outside the chambers to protest proposed cuts to public schools and state universities.

Thursday’s protest follows a similar protest last week against Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed cuts to education, which came before the Legislature announced its own budget compromise.

A group of Arizona State University students came from the downtown Phoenix campus to the Capitol to urge Ducey to consider cutting less to universities. Under the proposed budget, cuts to the state’s three major universities total $104 million, and community colleges’ funding is cut completely in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties.

Students chanted “Doug Ducey, step off it, choose students over profit.” One woman yelled that everyone needs to remember to vote, which spurred a chant of “votes matter.”

One comment

  1. Those who criticize this do not understand how it brilliantly fits in with the education goals of the state legislature: to make sure Arizonans do not learn to think critically and thus continuing voting Republican. Genius!

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