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VIP Pushes Envelope on School Finance

1511 - VIP - School Finance ActionFour hundred Valley Interfaith Project leaders crowded into Scottsdale United Methodist church Nov. 5 to discuss state school finance with four area legislators.

This action came on the heels of a much publicized legal settlement to reinstate a portion of the inflation factor funds that were withheld from schools during the budget cutting of the recession. VIP sought commitments from legislators to move the needle and push Arizona per pupil funding up to the national average. The state ranks 49th in student spending, and the recently announced settlement will move the state up to … 48th.

Legislators in attendance were Representatives Kate Brophy McGee and Eric Meyer, along with Senators John Kavanagh and Adam Driggs.

VIP leaders also launched a voter education campaign that will extend into the spring and summer of 2016.

Scottsdale Cluster VIP Leaders Strategize on School Funding

1508 - VIP - Scottsdale Cluster Leaders MeetingLeaders from the Scottsdale cluster of Valley Interfaith Project gathered at Scottsdale United Methodist Church in a local follow up session to a larger leaders meeting in June. In photo, Rony Assali of the Scottsdale Education Association recounts the work in the recent Scottsdale School District override election and the need to build on that success in the fall.