Cronkite News Service Photo
Lattie F. Coor, founding chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona and former president of Arizona State University
Current users sign in here.
Vof Reason -- Go to the state auditor's site (Shows excellent summaries district by district -- this office is run by conservative Republicans). Also, go to the school board sites for each district -- Funds and how they are allocated are summed up in public finance statements. You really can trace specific expenditures. I have a good Republican friend who served on an advisery committee for GPS. She was against Prop 204, but she couldn't believe the erroneous information about the over-rides being touted as fact by candidates like Colvin and other TEA Party enthusiasts. The fact is, there are numerous reasonable places where your 9K per student goes. It's bad practice to use "back of the napkin" calculations, jump to conclusions, and miss a lot of the important specifics regarding school finance. The Goldwater Report investigates school waste in schools from time to time. I've read the latest -- There is waste, but it's what one would expect from a large organization or corporation of any kind -- a few hundred dollars here, a few thousand there -- There certainly aren't millions of dollars being hidden or wasted -- that idea, spread by my TEA Party friends, is simply false. Look it up.
Pd, student funding from all sources 9K per student. Class size 28 times 9K= $250K+. We cannot pay a teacher , keep a roof and educate a class for a quarter million. Please explain?
Chatmandu says: "Education, lots of spending but no appreciable results so far."
I left a business career to become a teacher in AZ over 20 years ago. I'm a true free-market conservative, but as an insider who keeps up on the financial data and sees the impact of the recent TEA Party victories in slashing education spending in the name of reducing "fat" and waste, I have to say that spending is not out of control. You can literally trace every dollar that is allocated for education (and there are poeple who do). Certainly we need to work to improve education, but I am weary of the TEA Party people screaming about waste in education -- attack Barack Obama's policies please, but leave our public schools alone. I'm also weary of my Republican colleagues who are personally profiting from the school reform legislation that they pass (i.e. charter schools).
Mr. Coor, I'd like to offer some help to you, and your list of goals.
Combine #6-8, since they all seem to be the same thing.
All in all, it's a nice framework...have you considered that a lot of these things are going to have to be presented to the local governments, and most of the people running these may resent being told just how bad a job they are doing?
Maybe if you dress it up as a conservative think tank, they'll listen (be sure to grease some palms, along the way)...
I will give old Lattie this, when he was President of ASU, tution stayed reasonable and pretty stable. Since Crow, not so much. Strange how Tempe around the campus looks more and more like Manhatten every year and the cost of tuition is flying up the charts. This is the problem with Educrats, they don't understand economics and don't think anyone on the outside considers that what they run up for the cost of education from K-12 to college doesn't make common sense to the rest of us.
Lattie, you have provided a very good list of goals.
Chatiedu, you have provided a list of deep bosh.
What are the results so far?
1. Education, lots of spending but no appreciable results so far.
2. 7.9%(Dec) unemployment rate. Not much improvement. But trying.
3. Suffering the effects of irrational federal EPA rules and regulations.
4. Infrastructure not to bad when compared to back east.
5. The Obamacare bomb has nullified this issue. There can be no healthcare cost savings.
6. Young talent? Heck all the young ever wanted was to legalize medical pot.
7. It's still the liberals versus the conservatives. With the libertarians setting on the fence.
8. Community involvement? With illegals all over the place, Californians abandoning their state and coming here, Canadians buying up property and so many part-time snowbirds, how could we have a sense of community.
Not much has changed in almost 4 years.
More from Columnists
East Valley Tribune
Phone number: 480-TRIBUNE
Address: 1620 W. Fountainhead Parkway, Ste. 219
Tempe, AZ 85282
More Contact Information...
Please be brief (no more than 250 words) and submit your contact information for verification purposes. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.
A Division of 10/13 Communications