Group seeking advocates to contest education cuts

Calling all school advocates. The Arizona School Boards Association wants concerned school supporters to attend a free advocacy training session tonight at the East Valley Institute of Technology campus in Mesa in a grass-roots effort to pressure legislators to stop budget cuts to K-12 schools, The Arizona Republic reports. Gov. Jan Brewer last week approved the Legislature’s $300 million budget cut, a large portion of which gouged K-12 school soft-capital funding that typically is spent on new desks, textbooks and other items that students work with in the classroom. Brewer, who previously had vetoed those same cuts in the summer, said this time she believed they were inevitable due to the state’s massive deficit. School district officials and board representatives anticipate many more cuts in the coming months. They aim to lessen the blow through advocacy and lobbying efforts.

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