Our Church and Society Ministry Team is looking forward to hosting the Valley Interfaith Project (VIP) Spring Convocation, “Reimagining Arizona,” on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. Speakers and guests from the state legislature, school districts and the business community will focus especially on education funding – what happens after Prop. 123, what the legislative session shows about the state’s new power players, and voter engagement efforts. The agenda also includes:

  • 25 years of VIP: Making History
  • Creating Strategies for Shared Prosperity
  • Stories and Key Strategies from the VIP Human Development Agenda: Education, Health Care, Immigration, Prison Reform, Workforce Training and Neighborhood Safety
  • Guest Reactions to VIP


Invited Guest Speakers and Representatives include:

  • Dick Foreman, President and CEO, AZ Business and Education Coalition
  • Dr. Jim Lee, PVUSD Superintendent
  • Judge Cecil Ash, Justice of the Peace and former AZ Legislator
  • State Rep Kate Brophy McGee, Legislative District 28
  • State Rep Eric Meyer, Legislative District 28


So, why should YOU go? Consider these three reasons to attend this important event:

1. You may learn something new, or be better informed about Prop 123 and education funding in Arizona.


2. Your presence will demonstrate the influence of our church and its affiliated faith and educational communities in developing public policies for the common good.


3. You’ll be supporting PVUMC’s mission to create community and transform lives as we bring God’s love into action.

Please sign-up in the courtyard after your church service or contact Dan Sagramoso (dansagramoso@cox.net, 602-499-6885).


Come and learn how you can influence public education through your vote and voice.


Click here to read more about Prop 123, which is on the May 17, 2016, ballot in Arizona. The link includes a list of individuals and organizations who are for or against the proposition, as well as arguments for and against Prop 123.

From the article posted on Ballotpedia:

The Arizona Education Finance Amendment, Proposition 123 is on the May 17, 2016, ballot in Arizona as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment.[1]

If approved by voters, the measure would increase education funding by $3.5 billion over the course of 10 years by allocating money from the general fund and increasing annual distributions of the state land trust permanent funds to education.[2][3]

A “yes” vote would devote $3.5 billion of the general fund and state land trust fund toward education.
A “no” vote would keep the current education funding levels from the land trust fund.

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