You might not realize it, but the ballot in your mailbox means a lot to schools in Douglas. The candidates at every level will be able to impact our education system, so knowing where candidates stand on everything from school choice to school funding will matter.

For instance, did you know that state representatives and senators determine how much money schools receive? And that they regulate things like school choice? But it’s local school boards that decide how budgets are used and what curriculum is taught.

Visit ExpectMoreArizona.org/vote to see a video on how elected officials make their mark on schools. On the site, you’ll also find key questions that you can ask candidates to better understand their stance on important education issues, and how to contact them.

This year, there are also ballot propositions to consider. One is Prop 305, which will uphold a law passed last year to expand school voucher availability to all students, rather than the limited version which was open to youth in failing schools, those with disabilities, children of military and a few other special circumstances. Without improved accountability for how these vouchers are used, we shouldn’t be investing more tax dollars in the program.

Before you vote on Nov. 6, make sure you know who you’re voting for and make education a priority. By supporting our schools, we’ll support our whole community.

The Douglas Education Partnership Council is a local collaboration between community leaders and Expect More Arizona to advance a shared vision for education in Douglas and the state. We all believe that every child deserves an excellent education – every step of the way. To learn more, contact Selena Llamas at Selena@expectmorearizona.org or visit ExpectMoreArizona.org/Advisory.

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