Ducey meeting with legislative leadership to reach deal on education funding

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Marcus Dell’Artino with First Strategic (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Marcus Dell’Artino with First Strategic (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Rep. Kelly Townsend (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Rep. Kelly Townsend (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

The State house and senate are adjourned for the week, but that doesn’t mean lawmakers are not working to strike a deal on teacher pay and education funding. 

“We will be meeting with legislative leadership through the evening,” said Daniel Scarpinato, deputy chief of staff for communications and strategic planning for the governor’s office.

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Scarpinato said Gov. Doug Ducey met with ten educators Thursday including teachers, counselors and school psychologists from around the state.

“Like his last meeting with teachers, it was positive,” said Scarpinato.

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“Progress doesn't always happen on the floor,” says Marcus Dell’Artino with First Strategic. “Progress sometimes happens with one-on-one telephone conversations and one-on-one meetings."

Dell’Artino, a political strategist, says it sounds like the conversation is moving forward.

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“We're not talking about the amount of money anymore, we're talking about how the money gets distributed to the classroom and that's a good sign,” says Dell’Artino.

“We want it to go to the teachers,” says Rep. Kelly Townsend. “How to get it to the teachers and the trust in the process, I don’t know if that's necessarily agreed upon right now.”

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Townsend says she wants to learn more about the governor’s plan and make sure his revenue projections to fund education are accurate “instead of just promising money, or hoping for money, or raising taxes.”

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