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Chuck Essigs, AASBO's Director of Governmental Relations, continuously monitors State Legislative activities and works closely with the Arizona Department of Education's Finance Department to ensure AASBO members get the latest information on issues affecting school finance.  The latest results of Chuck's efforts are listed here. You can find Chuck's archived items on the members only page.




2018 Important Links and Information


June 20128

Posted June 15, 2018

USFR Update

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May 2018

Posted May 30, 2018

School Funding Increases Were Long Overdue

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Posted May 23, 2018

Forms-School District Expenditure Budget Package

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April 2018

Posted April 25, 2018

Information from ADE Related to Teacher Strike

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Posted April 12, 2018

Chuck's Update on Governor's Budget Proposal Good For School Districts

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March 2018

Posted March 22, 2018 - Legislative Summary of SB 1390

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Posted March 21, 2018 - Ballot Language from Proposition 301 Election that was Approved by the Voters in 2000

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Posted March 5, 2018 - JLBC Fiscal Analysis of SB 1392

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February 2018

Posted February 26, 2018 - Important Information About Teacher Experience Index[TEI] and School District Employee Report[SDER] Due By March 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM

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Posted February 2, 2018 - Aug.-Nov. 2017 Unofficial Election Results

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January 2018

Posted January 23, 2018 - OSPB Analysis of Restoration of District Additional Assistance[DAA] Funding Cuts

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Posted January 9, 2018 - List of School District Rural Assistance Funding

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Posted January 3, 2018 - How Arizona Voters Feel About Education

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2017 Important Links and Information


December 2017

Posted December 19, 2017 - “Teacher Shortage Report From ASPAA”

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Posted December 18, 2017 - “AASBO Issues Report Card On Prop 301 Impact on Current Year K-12 Funding For Governor Jane D Hull Who Was Selected For This Year’s ASBA Barbara Robey Award"

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Posted December 15, 2017 - 2018 Legislative/State Board Agenda

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Posted December 15, 2017 - Arizona's $59M Volkswagen settlement could be used to buy new school buses

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Posted December 5, 2017 - Annual Reductions in State Funding to School District Capital Funding FY 2009-FY 2018

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November 2017

Posted Nov. 29, 2017- A Punishing Decade for School Funding

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Posted Nov. 27, 2017 - 110th Arizona Town Hall Report On K-12 Education Funding In Arizona

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Posted Nov. 11, 2017 - Funding preK-12 Education Report from the Town Hall Discussion at the October 26, 2017 AASBO Leadership Institute in Prescott

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Posted Nov. 6, 2017- Legislative Workshop Agenda


October 2017

Posted October 27, 2017- Randie Stein from Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. List of the districts that have elections scheduled for November 7, 2017

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Posted October 6, 2017 - Schools cover tab for lawmakers' failure to fund special education Article

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September 2017

Posted September 29, 2017 - Arizona Department of Administration/ Maximum, Mileage, Lodging, Meal, Parking and Incidental Expense Reimbursement Rates effective October 1, 2017

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Posted September 26, 2017 - Recent Study Indicates Teacher Shortage in Arizona Remains at a Crisis Levels

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August 2017

Posted August 29, 2017- Arizona State Board of Education Procedures for the Approval of Early Literacy Grants

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Posted August 8, 2017 - Average Teacher Salary up $1,800 after Proposition 123

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Posted August 3, 2017 - Upcoming Community Town Halls On Funding PreK-Education

Posted August 2, 2017 - Fraud Alert On Purchasing Scheme Issued By The Office of the Auditor General


June 2017

Posted June 27, 2017 - Form to record information regarding teachers coming from other districts as part of the 1.06% salary increase and Visions directions - Form developed by the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association (ASPAA) and Visions directions developed by AASBO's President, Ken Hicks CLICK HERE TO VIEW


Posted June 27, 2017 - Excel spreadsheet to use to track teacher information related to the 1.06% salary increase shared by AASBO's Vice President, Jill Barragan CLICK HERE TO VIEW


Posted June 14, 2017 - Information On Audit Requirements From The Office Of The Arizona Auditor General

Posted June 9, 2017 - Additional Guidance From The Office Of The Auditor General On The 1.06% Salary Increase

Posted June 9, 2017 - Setback for Groundbreaking School Choice Program Could Have Broader Fall Out - Education Week


May 2017

Posted May 2, 2017 - Capital Lawsuit Filed on May 1, 2017

Posted May 1, 2017 - Analysis of Graduates From Top 50 Districts in Arizona


April 2017

Posted April 20, 2017 - Information  from the ASRS on the Wade and Paddock v. ASRS Lawsuit


Posted April 19, 2017 - Ruling changes ASRS compensation definition regarding employer-paid deferred comp payments


Posted April 14, 2017 - AASBO and ASBA Weigh In On ESA’s 


March 2017

Posted March 30, 2017 - JLBC report  on Estimated Classroom Site Fund Per Pupil Amount for FY 2018

Posted March 22, 2017 - Students FIRST


February 2017

Posted February 27, 2017 - Arizona Classroom Spending Report For Fiscal Year 2016

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January 2017

Posted January 13, 2017- Summary of K-12 Major Education Components in Governor's Budget

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2016 Important Links and Information

December 2016

Posted December 19, 2016- Auditor General’s Report On Empowerment Scholarship Accounts[ESA’s]

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November 2016

Posted November 30, 2016- Stifel August/November 2016 Elections Results Report

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Posted November 22, 2016- History of the Capital Funding Lawsuit in Arizona

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October 2016

Posted October 21, 2016-Dick Foreman's Plan To Generate Increased Funding For Education

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Posted October 12, 2016- 2016 General Election Pamphlet

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September 2016 

Posted September 22, 2016- Districts And Charters Offering Full Day, Full Day and Half Day, and Half Day Kindergarten Programs

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August 2016

Public Education Finances:2014

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U.S. Department of Education issues guidance on education services for homeless students 

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 June 2016

June 14, 2016: Amount Per District For FY 2016 (this year) From Additional $50,000,000 From Prop 123 

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June 9, 2016:Important Information Regarding ADE SAIS-to AzEDs Transition Process

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Posted June 8, 2016: Attorney General Issues Opinion on Prop 123

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Click Here Potential Liability of State Board of Investment for Complying with Proposition 123



May 2016

Posted May 27, 2016: Guidance For Prop 123 For FY2016

Posted May 3, 2016: Important information from the Office of the Auditor General on Revised Chart of Accounts  in the Uniform System of Financial Records for Arizona School Districts[USFR]   USFR & VIDEO 



February 2016

Posted February 26, 2016:Five Messages Districts Can Do

Posted February 19, 2016: ADE Report On The Impact Of Current Year Funding

Posted February 16, 2016: Powerpoint On New JTED Legislation To Restore $28 Million Budget Cut

Posted February 12, 2016: Do’s and Don’ts Related To Prop 123


 January 2016

Posted January 15, 2016: Fisical Year 2017 Executive Budget

Posted January 11, 2016: Governor Ducey’s January 11, 2016 State of State Speech

Posted January 11, 2016: 2016 Democratic Legislative Priorities

Posted January 4, 2016: Change to Fiscal Year 2016 District Additional Assistance Growth

Posted January 8, 2016: 2016 Legislative/State Board Agenda


2015 Important Links and Information


December 2015

Posted December 2, 2015: Webinar: Inflation Settlement-The Facts and YOUR Questions Answered: Click Here to View PowerPoint


November 2015

Posted November 20, 2015: Current Year Funding Concerns

Posted November 12, 2015: Arizona 2015 School District Election Results

Posted November 12, 2015: Stifel August/November 2015 Election Results Report


August 2015

Posted August 12, 2015: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - Title 13. Public Safety

Posted August 6, 2015:Overview of K-12 Per Pupil Funding for School Districts and Charter Schools


June 2015

Posted June 4, 2015: Information Comparing Arizona School Funding to the U.S. Average


 May 2015

Posted May 22, 2015: Information About the New Classroom First Initiative Council

Posted May 18, 2015: In Memoriam of Nina Lewis


April 2015

Posted April 24, 2015: Classroom First Initiative; Increased Dollars to the Classroom

Posted April 23, 2015: Classroom Spending Report/Now and Looking Forward... Understanding and Avoiding Coding Errors.

Posted April 22, 2015: FY16 Budget and 2015 Legislative Wrap Up PowerPoint

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March 2015

Posted March 4, 2015: Legislative Analysis of District by District Projected Impact of Proposed Executive Budget


February 2015

Posted February 2, 2015: Webinar:
     Calculation and Issues Related To Percentage of Dollars In The Classroom


January 2015

Posted January 28, 2015: Arizona Ranked Low in Today's Report

Posted January 20, 2015: Major Items from FY2016 Budget Proposal

Posted January 30, 2015: History of Students FIRST- Arizona Capital Funding Lawsuit

Posted January 13, 2015: 2015 Legislative/State Agenda

2014 Important Links and Information


December 2014

105th Recommendations Report

Posted December 4, 2014: Update: ARS 39-121.03


October 2014

Posted October 20, 2014: Latest Update on the status of the Arizona State Retirement



September 2014

Posted September 25, 2014: List of Districts Impacted by Minimum Tax as Provided by ARS 15-992


August 2014

Posted August 21, 2014: Court Judgement on Base Level for FY 2010-2015


July 2014
Posted July 29, 2014: Building and Renovating Schools in Today’s Economy

January 2014

Posted January 6: 2014 2013 Rankings of the 43 States That Have Charter School Laws

Posted January 6, 2014: Arizona Capitol Times Article on Lawsuit on Education Inflation Funding

2013 Archived Information

December 2014

Posted December 13, 2013: Arizona's Education Financing/Elementary and Secondary Education: 2002-2011

October 2013

Posted October 11, 2013: Information About Performance Audit Schedule

September 2013

Posted September 9, 2013: Latest Legislative Report [FY 2012] on Per Pupil Funding for School Districts and Charter Schools

August 2013

Posted August 13, 2013: NSBA Article on Paying Coaches a Stipend

July 2013

Posted July 22, 2013:Arizona School Funding - The Past to the Future

Posted July 1, 2013:2013 Legislative & Budget Wrap-Up

June 2013

Posted June 19, 2013: Update to District Additional Assistance Reduction Amounts

Posted June 19, 2013:FY 2014 Revised Budget Forms

Posted June 14, 2013: Report On Estimated Cost To The State For Districts Converting District Schools To Charter Schools

Posted June 13, 2013: AASBO Legislative Analysis

May 2013

Posted May 28, 2013: Information on a Solar Net Metering Workshop to be held by the Residential Utility Consumer Office[RUCO] on May 29, 2013 at Arizona State University

April 2013

Posted April 26, 2013: From the Office of the Auditor General: Guidance on Classroom Site Fund (CSF) Supplanting

Posted April 25, 2013: State Budget/Legislative Update & Classroom Site Fund (Prop 301) Details - Presentation for Yavapai County School Administrators

Posted April 22, 2013: Court Rules Against Charter Schools In Craven Lawsuit

Posted April 4:2013 Classroom Site Fund Shortfall Payment Report

March 2013

Posted March 14:State’s Appeal to the Supreme Court on the Prop 301 Inflation Decision


February 2013

Posted February 14:How to calculate the percentage of dollars in the classroom from the Office of the Auditor General

January 2013

Posted January 14:ASBA and AASBO Survey to Determine Estimated Implementation Costs for Common Core Standards for the 2013-14 School Year and Ongoing Costs After 2013-14

Posted January 10:Report of Findings of SB 1609 Retirement Committee

Posted January 2:Requirements of A.R.S. Section 41-725 which requires a searchable data base of expenditures and revenue[Transparency Web Site] for the state, a county, city, or town with a population of more than 25,000 persons, any community college district and school district having a student count of more than 600 pupils, and a state university requirements of A.R.S. Section 41-725 which requires a searchable data base of expenditures and revenue[Transparency Web Site] for the state, a county, city, or town with a population of more than 25,000 persons, any community college district and school district having a student count of more than 600 pupils, and a state university




Posted December 2012 and before:


AASBO 2013 Legislative/ State Board Agenda
House Committee Assignments for 2013

Senate Committee Assignments for 2013


Arizona Bond and Override Election Results from November 6, 2012 Election presented by WEDBUSH

August-November 2012 Election Results presented by Stone & Youngberg


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