Arizona lawmakers are in special session working on a new school funding plan that would increase the education budget by $3.5 billion dollars over the next 10 years. It would also settle a long-running school funding lawsuit.
According to AZcentral.com:
“Republican legislative leaders, Gov. Doug Ducey and education officials agreed to the plan, which would increase K-12 funding by $3.5 billion over the next decade. It needs legislative approval and then voter approval in what is expected to be a May special election.”
Below is a video from KNXV-TV in Phoenix on the plan, which could be voted on later today.
Education is a strong predictor of future health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the infographic below that claims education not only leads to better jobs and income – but also to longer, healthier lives. In fact….it suggests that college graduates can expect to live at least five years longer than people who have not finished high school.
In the most recent national health rankings released by the United Health Foundation, Arizona ranked 39th in high school graduation rates and our state ranks 48th in education-based health status disparities. The AzHHA Policy Agenda offers support for the funding plan and part of that support read –
“Recent studies show there is a significant relationship between educational achievement and health status, including risk factors and disabilities. As such, policies that promote educational attainment, including adequate K-12 and post-secondary funding, are smart strategies for reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases in later years….In order to achieve a healthier Arizona, AzHHA supports policies that promote education, including adequate funding for K-12, community colleges and universities.“
We talk a lot about our vision of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation, but we cannot reach that goal without understanding there is a deep connection between education and better health. Let us know what you think about the ties between education and health. We’d love to hear from you.