STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda (LD27), chair of the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus, released the following statement on the education lawsuit settlement plan passed today:
“There’s still much work to be done with regards to K-12 education funding, but let’s keep in mind what the task and the goal at hand was today - settling a lawsuit,” said Senator Miranda.
“As a Democrat, voting in favor of the three bills today was by no means easy for me, but I had to keep in mind that this was an all or nothing package - I saw no point in casting a symbolic vote. Prolonging the settlement of the lawsuit by only partially supporting the plan would only hurt the children and teachers that so desperately need the funding. The Democrats had a good plan that was dismissed and it saddens me to see members of the senate express themselves in a derogatory matter that frankly greatly diminished the arduous work that the democratic legislators put into devising that plan. As legislators, we must not let our vision be clouded by anything that will take the focus off what we were elected to office to fight for - the people of Arizona and their best interest. Perhaps it wasn’t the ideal compromise, however I saw it as the course of action that I needed to take in order to support Arizona’s education.”
“Still, I look forward to continuing the forward trajectory in the next session,” Senator Miranda concluded.