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Arizona school leaders voice concern about Ducey budget; classroom focus but overall cut

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PHOENIX — Arizona public school leaders are telling legislators and parents that Gov. Doug Ducey's proposed budget spells trouble.

More than 200 district superintendents signed a joint letter to legislators to express deep concern about how Ducey's budget proposal would cut school funding. Some superintendents also are urging parents to weigh in as well.

When he unveiled his budget proposal in January, Ducey touted it as putting $134 million more into classroom spending. However, various numerous additions, subtractions and transfers add up to a $15 million decrease of school funding overall.

Mesa Unified Michael Cowan said the proposed cuts would affect transportation, health services, libraries and security.

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said Ducey is trying to prioritize classroom spending at a time when cuts are needed to balance the budget.

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