Release: Ducey’s Extortion Must End

October 6, 2021
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Release: Ducey’s Extortion Must End

Statement from Aaron Lieberman


“I applaud Secretary Yellen and the federal government warning Governor Ducey to stop extorting Arizona’s public schools. 

“When it mattered most, our Governor chose political grandstanding over our children’s safety and started a bogus grant program to pay schools more money if they refused to follow CDC guidance around requiring masks during COVID outbreaks. If Governor Ducey decides to dig in, our state could lose roughly $100 million in federal funding. How is this the right course of action for Arizona?

“Governor Ducey, fund the schools and stop the games. I’ve said it before and I will say it again -- real leadership is taking a position that may not be popular with your base but is the right thing to do for kids and families. That’s what I’ll do as Governor. 

“When I am elected, these dangerous stunts will end. I’ll be focused on building an Arizona around strong schools and protecting our children not because it is easy but because it is the right thing to do.”


Rep. Aaron Lieberman is a state representative for Legislative District 28, a social entrepreneur, and a candidate for Arizona Governor. After seeing first-hand the effectiveness and success of early childhood intervention programs, Aaron launched Jumpstart, a national nonprofit to ensure all children had the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.  To date, more than 50,000 college students have served, working with more than 100,000 children and earning over $200 million in scholarships through AmeriCorps. Later, he founded Acelero Learning to close the achievement gap for Head Start children. Impacting over 40,000 kids every day, children enrolled in Acelero’s programs make gains at nearly three times the national average. Aaron was born and raised in Arizona. He and his wife live in Phoenix, where they’re raising their two sons. Aaron’s daughter is studying history at Yale, his alma mater.
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