Declining birth rates to impact Arizona high schools, require innovation

Chamber Business News
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Victoria Harker

Declining birth rates and open enrollment in Arizona will place financial and other pressures on public high schools in coming years, according to a recent report conducted by the Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA).

As student numbers decline and some schools fail to consolidate and adapt, taxpayers could be the ones footing the bill, said Sean McCarthy, senior research analyst for ATRA, which advocates for taxpayers at the local and state level.

“Taxpayers should understand what’s coming. It’s not just going to affect local school boards, but it’s also going to affect discussions at the Capitol as they talk about financing schools,” McCarthy said.