Paradise Valley Unified No. 69
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What are the significant dates for the election?
- If you aren't already registered to vote, the last day to register in order to be eligible to vote in this election is Tuesday, October 10th, 2023.
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- Ballots will be mailed on October 11, 2023. The last day to request early ballot October 27
- VOTED BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 7 p.m., November 7th. MAIL ballots by October 31st.
Who can vote in this election?
All registered voters that reside in the Paradise Valley Unified School District will receive a ballot by mail with voting instructions in the envelope.
What policies did Paradise Valley Unified School District implement with my tax dollars?
- Assigned porn to High School Students - SOURCE
- Allows boys to use girls restrooms and lockers.
- Allows boys to stay with girls in overnight field trips.
- Would allow for boys to play in girls sports if state law did not forbid it. - SOURCE
- A PVUSD Social Studies teacher declared at the PVUSD meeting that the job of teachers is to change the culture of their students from the values their parents are raising them with - SOURCE
- Has at least 1 teacher who has signed a pledge to teach Critical Race Theory (CRT) and all other social justice-oriented curriculum to children, regardless of the law or the wishes of parents. - SOURCE
- Critical Race Theory teaches that systemic racism is part of American society - from education and housing to employment and healthcare. - SOURCE
- Strategic Goals incorporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. - SOURCE
- Equity teaches people and children that there is systemic racism, they are entitled to reparations and more because of the color of their skin. - SOURCE
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion teaches students and people that white people are oppressors. - SOURCE
- Dedicated to implementing and teaching Social Emotional Learning. - SOURCE
- CASEL, a leading organization for implementing SEL in schools, displays on their website a poster to illustrate what Social Emotional Learning is. “Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process through which children and adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. We need SEL skills for ourselves, our relationships, and our work. In OUSD, we believe that strengthening these skills enhances our ability to effectively and ethically connect across race, class, culture, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, learning needs, and age.” - SOURCE
- SEL uses emotional responses to generate student attention to drive learning. - SOURCE
Aren’t Paradise Valley Unified schools doing a good job?
- 87.86% Graduation Rate
- 51% of students are proficient or highly proficient at English Language Arts
- 44% of students are proficient or highly proficient at Math
Aren’t Paradise Valley Unified Teachers underpaid?
Paradise Valley Unified pays an average annual salary of $58,906 to teachers. The average annual salary in Paradise Valley is $62,000.
What are taxpayers in the Paradise Valley Unified School District being asked?
Voters will be asked to say yes or no on one measure:
- The sale of $340 million in new bonds
What are the current tax rates for the bond?
- The bond program is structured so that the tax rate for the bond will remain approximately the same at $48 per $100,000 of the assessed valuation of a home. The impact of the bond on taxes will depend on the assessed value of the taxpayer's property.
- Shows up on your tax bill as secondary property tax.
- Property taxes combined add up to thousands of dollars!
Is Paradise Valley Unified School District underfunded?
Paradise Valley Unified spends $14,884 per student per year.
If the bond fails, how will my taxes be affected?
Once any outstanding Bonds and Overrides are repaid, you won't have to continue paying Secondary property taxes related to the bond.
How has more funding impacted Paradise Valley Unified Public Schools?
Comparing to the 2018-2019 School Year Performance to the 2021-2022 School Year Performance
- Reduced Enrollment of 2,372 Students [Nearly 8% Drop]
- Increased Drop Out Rate from 1.4%% to 2.18%
- Drop in Graduation Rate of .3%
- 3% Drop in Math Proficiency
- 2% Increase in English Proficiency
- Reported Instances of Violence More than Doubled from 237 to 563 [More than 3 Instances per Day Based on 180 Days per Arizonan School Year]
- Total Students Reported as Harassed or Bullied Increased from 0 to 3
- Total Students with Chronic Absenteeism Decreased from 7,687 to 6,307
- Total Students Enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement Course Increased from 2,065 to 2,142
School officials claim there will be no new taxes. Is this accurate?
- Once any outstanding Bonds and Overrides are repaid, you won't have to continue paying Secondary property taxes related to the bond.
- If the measure passes, the current Secondary tax rates will remain the same; however;
- If the measure passes, the total amount of taxes paid will likely go higher if there is continued inflation related to property values.
What is a bond election?
It is a vote by the public to allow the School District to issue more debt for projects. The Bonds are NOT a continuation and is a separate item on the property tax statement. The $340 million in bonds is NOT a continuation and is a separate item on the property tax statement.
What does Paradise Valley Unified Schools intend to use the additional funds for?
How will the $340 Million of Bonds be spent?
- Construct, remodel, and improve school district facilities, buildings, and grounds (Admin and Non-Admin)
- $250.8 Million - Technology Improvements (including infrastructure, hardware, and software)
- $50.0 Million - Furniture and Equipment
- $16.0 Million - Pupil Transportation Vehicles
- $8.2 Million - Land (only if needed)
- $15.0 Million
I’m renting. Why should I care about this election?
- If the bond measure is defeated, your landlord’s taxes will go down and could mitigate future rent increases.
- Irrespective of being a property owner, we all want to see the kids receive a quality education.
What is the upcoming election about?
The Paradise Valley Unified School District is asking to sell $340 Million dollars in bonds.
The information above may have been compiled from the following additional sources:
Arizona School Report Cards (https://azreportcards.azed.gov/)
Center Square Website (https://www.thecentersquare.com)
Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Council (https://www.azjlbc.gov/)
Arizona Auditor General (azauditor.gov)
Zippia Website (zippia.com)
Maricopa County Treasurer (https://treasurer.maricopa.gov/Parcel/TaxBill.aspx)
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