Does Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs and the Majority of the GOP not understand the crisis Arizona schools are facing? When Mr. Biggs says, “We have an excellent educational system at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual legislative kickoff lunch in Phoenix, he ignores that Arizona is one of the states that spends the least per student on public education. Arizona also ranks very poorly in overall dropout rates, Hispanic dropout rates, as well a low percentage of Arizona residents with college degrees.
If Arizona wants to attract new businesses and expect solid economic development, this is one big crisis that our elected officials have to face in this coming legislative session. Our educational system is far from excellent. Due to Proposition 204 failing, our public schools are going broke, schools are having to close, teachers salaries’ are lacking and overall school performances are failing.
I suggest that Mr. Biggs and the rest of the Republican-held houses face realities and make education funding a top priority. Our educational system can become excellent if our legislators work at it. The time is now.