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Posted: January 16, 2018

Understanding the APS Budget

We've put together a five-minute video that helps explain the complexities and challenges of developing a budget for the coming school year.

No one said it would be easy.

When developing a budget for the coming school year, APS has to consider many factors from the needs of its students to the livelihood of its employees to the maintenance of its properties. 

We must take into consideration students living in poverty, students whose first language isn't English, students who have special needs.

We must respect the thousands of employees who not only work hard for a living but depend on an ever-shrinking paycheck to make ends meet.

We must figure out how to provide the best educational opportunities for students with fewer dollars and increasing costs.

Like we said, no easy task.

As state lawmakers consider funding that impacts public education, we thought you might find this straight-talking video helpful in understanding budget complexities and challenges.

We hope you'll take a few minutes to watch.