Apr 29, 2014 8:05 PM by Kristi Tedesco & Edgar Ybarra
TUCSON - When the economy tanked in 2008, we all had to tighten our belts, including local government. According to the Children's Action Alliance of Southern Arizona, the following are the four worst cuts affecting children since 2009.
1) Child care subsidies $80 million dollars have been slashed, leaving more than 30,000 Arizona families on a waiting list for financial assistance with child care.
2) Cuts to CPS (Child Protective Services) Despite special legislation, this year and last, staffing remains a critical problem. There's a nearly 30% turnover rate of staff, every year.
3) K-12 public education Class sizes have gotten bigger, teacher and para professional positions have been cut. This includes librarians, counselors, art and p-e teachers.
4) Full day Kindergarten The Amphitheater Unified School District, for example, once offered free, all day kindergarten at all of its schools. Over the past 6 years, due to cuts by the legislature, Amphi now requires full day kindergarten tuition at five of its schools.
For more examples of how these cuts have affected local children, and to hear the experts' opinion about the cuts, watch the full report.
To see the Children's Action Alliance's legislative report cards, for the last several years, click the following links.