Between 2008 and 2014 the Arizona Legislature cut $1.5 billion from the education budget, more than any other state in the nation. The Legislature restored only 19 percent of those cuts, so the public school budget is $1.2 billion less than it was almost a decade ago.

While our elected LD 6 representatives, Sylvia Allen, Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton, say they support education, they have consistently voted against adequately funding public education.

Our teachers are among the lowest paid in the nation. The situation is so dire that an organization exists here in Sedona that gives food cards to teachers to supplement their income.

Allen, Thorpe and Barton enthusiastically support the voucher program that will take tax money away from traditional public schools and give it to private and parochial schools, the majority of which are in Maricopa County. That will further cripple our public schools.

It’s time to vote Allen, Thorpe and Barton out of office and elect people who value our traditional public schools. The November 2018 election will give us all the opportunity to fix our public school system by voting for people who will vote to support public education, unlike Allen, Thorpe and Barton. It’s time for a change.

JESSICA WILLIAMSON

Sedona

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