Mr. Butcher’s assault on Mr. McClellan, an advocate of the one-cent sales tax increase, is a collection of irrelevancies masquerading as a logical presentation against the sales tax increase. Of course the Arizona Education Association and many others support an increase in public school funding. That’s hardly a lethal argument. Does the NRA support various gun laws? Wow, that’s shocking!
Arizona’s per-pupil expenditures are increasing? Will that move us from near the bottom of the US per-pupil expenditure charts? That number does not necessarily always correlate directly with academic success, but were I the owner of a growing software company, would my employees be thrilled with our state legislators’ disinterest in education?
And finally the dusty, old voucher program argument. Just what standards are used to measure the success of voucher-supported schools? The same as those of public schools? Even I could run a fantastic school if every troubled or low-achieving student could be whisked off back to a public school.
Mr. Butcher needs to study critical analysis. Does the Goldwater Institute offer a course in that?