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FUSD Schools Get Political As Voting Nears

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Parents of children at several local district Schools are receiving phone calls from their child’s school reminding them to register to vote before the October 9th deadline. The calls also tell parents that there are several very important education issues on the ballot and to pay very close attention to those issues. While these calls do not encourage people to vote a certain way, they do cross into a legal gray area when it comes to campaign laws and restrictions.

This is not the first time schools in the district have decided to get political. A couple years ago when FUSD was pushing for a tax override, the PAC supporting the override was caught handing out signs and bumper stickers on school property. A concerned parent reported the campaign effort to the County elections office and the district received a slap on the wrist.

This year, a newly formed PAC called YES for FUSD also ran into trouble with the County elections office when it was discovered that their website and signs did not comply with state law to include the required “Paid For By” disclaimer.

The district and political action committees are campaigning very aggressively for the following items on the November 6 election ballot:

A $21 million dollar “capital improvements” bond for buses, technology and investment into facilities.

Supporters say that this bond is essential to maintaining quality education in Flagstaff.

Opponents point to mismanagement in the past of district funds including transferring equipment/maintenance money to support salaries of administrators.  They also say that huge drops in enrollment have paved the way for school closures that should be saving the district money in the “capital improvement” category.

Prop 204 which will permanently extend the 1 cent sales tax that Governor Jan Brewer promoted and encouraged voters to approve in 2010.

Supporters say that this tax extension is critical for education in Arizona.

Opponents point out that the money is earmarked for many things that are not education related including giving one hundred million dollars a year to the “state infrastructure fund”.


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