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Vote YES on Prop 208!

Vote YES on Prop 208!

AZTESOL encourages its members to vote YES on Proposition 208, the Invest in Education Act.  A YES vote on Proposition 208 restores hundreds of millions of dollars annually in K-12 education funding to solve Arizona’s teacher-shortage crisis, lower class sizes, hire aides and counselors, and expand career and technical education.  Learn more about Proposition 208 here.

Why is AZTESOL endorsing Proposition 208?

Arizona is facing a devastating teacher shortage. This teacher shortage and resulting large class sizes directly impact Arizona’s English learners whose unique needs are best met by highly trained and experienced teachers of English. Proposition 208 addresses these issues by raising teacher salaries, hiring more teachers, and funding mentoring and retention programs for new teachers.

Arizona ranks 49th in the nation in median teacher salary. AZTESOL celebrates the professionalism of its many members who work in Arizona’s K-12 public schools, and believes that the state must raise its teacher salaries to be in line with the national average.  Proposition 208 moves the state’s teacher salaries in this direction.

How can you help?

  • Vote: Find your polling place, check your registration, and watch progress of your early ballot here.
  • Spread the word: Tell three people about your support for Proposition 208.  Ask them to vote YES and to spread the word to their families and friends.

Volunteer:  There are a variety of safe, flexible, and fun volunteer opportunities occurring every day until the election.  Help voters learn about why a YES vote on Proposition 208 is good for Arizona’s future.