Less Money, Less Future

By Jiahui Jia | Dec. 8, 2015

“My high school couldn’t purchase any paper for teachers, so all of our homework is either sent to by emails or all the work we need to finish in class but print them at home,” — Daniela Alcazar, 20, a sophomore in ASU — Chaparral High School

“It’s chaotic. A lot of bodies were in a small room, and I didn’t enjoy it. It’s too many distractions when you’re 15 years old.” — Jamie Burt, 21, a senior in ASU — Corona Del Sol High School

“This summer, I spent almost $500 to get everything ready. I never get the money back, and lot of teachers do the same.” — Nicole Burt, 26, a match teacher in Brisas Elementary School

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The education budget cut has had a bad influence on students and teachers in Arizona, but schools in the Phoenix metropolitan area have tried their best to keep the budget cuts from directly affecting students.

Receiving less money from the state has forced schools to cut resources, enlarge class sizes and fire more teachers.

“Last year, my class like have seven calculators, I don’t have any in my class now,” Corona Del Sol High School sophomore Kaycie Burt said. She said some of her classmates just use their phones or small calculators to calculate because they can’t afford the expensive one.

“My oldest daughter was in kindergarten, I think they kept children at 22, when they got over 20, they got an aid in that classroom. When my middle daughter went, they bumped up into 25, and no aid,” Diane Burt, 50, a homemaker of three children said. She thought it wasn’t a safe environment for her daughter. She and some parents came to school and were able to get an aid for her kid.

“We look at places we can save, we try to keep the budget hurt from our students and all the budget cuts kept for the teachers’ level,” Jessie Kinney, director of Federal and State Programs in Scottsdale Unified School District said.

Since 2008, The education budget cut has increased year by year in Scottsdale District. Less funding forced schools to cancel special classes which affected students and teachers seriously. Students now have less time study arts, music and PE. All the special teachers need to travel a lot among different schools to earn the previous salary. In addition, Less school bus stops bring inconvenient to many families.

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