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Gilbert Public Schools will lay off 152 teachers amid declining enrollment and a looming financial cliff brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman says her office was not consulted on the changes to the state’s health recommendations.
If passed, Prop 207 and Prop 208 are estimated to bring in "hundreds of millions" of extra funding dollars to K-12 schools and community colleges.
More than 40% of teachers who resigned or retired this school year said the COVID-19 pandemic was their primary reason for leaving.
Supporters of the Invest in Ed initiative say the increase in funding for schools will improve both Arizona's economy and its education system.
Prop 208 revenue would be used to hire more educators and support staff, fund vocational and mentoring programs, and invest in training future teachers.
District leaders said the decision to extend closures was based on the state’s COVID-19 health benchmarks for reopening schools.