|A quartet of religious right bills undercutting public education is getting close to law… but there is still time to make a difference.|
SB1657 and SB1707 would once again expand the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account (tuition voucher) program, which sucks money out of public schools and redistributes it to wealthy families and ineffective private (and religious) schools.
HB2495 is an old-fashioned book ban. It prohibits schools from using nearly any book mentioning any facet of human sexuality, even the most trivial. This would have the effect of censoring materials teaching about healthy relationships, human biology, and LGBTQ+ issues. It would also be used to stifle access to meaningful literature of all types—especially that which does not conform to white Christian nationalist viewpoints.
SB1269 is a rushed 101-page “striker” bill reshaping our school funding system so that the poorest schools would actually receive less money, while charters and well-off schools get more.
These bills are all headed for final floor votes. If they pass, the next stop is the Governor’s desk.
Here’s what you can do about them:
- Contact your own Representative about these bills. Use our form below or look up their contact info here.
- Share this alert with friends!
When it comes to education, the majority of Arizonans are on our side. Let’s make sure they hear from all of us!