Lawmakers approved the FY2020 budget late Monday night, and invested over $600 million in new funding for K-12 education bring the total to $7.5 billion for Arizona’s teachers and classrooms.

KTAR recently published an article on the state budget and interviewed A for Arizona Executive Director Emily Anne Gullickson. Below is an excerpt from the article originally published on May 29, 2019.

The budget includes millions of new dollars for education. It also funds the second of three phases for teacher pay raises that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey promised as part of his plan to give teachers 20% raises by 2020.

Emily Anne Gullickson, executive director of the advocacy group A for Arizona, said the “pro-education budget” makes significant investments into education. She pointed to the $136 million schools will be able to use for everything from textbooks and supplies to school buses and technology.

“The dollars are really focused on areas that can best set our students up for success,” she said.