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In high schools across the nation today, teenagers will dutifully shuffle in to their classes, take their seats, and learn facts that they could easily Google. In doing so, our schools waste both the teachers’ and the students’ time and energy (and the taxpayers’ money) by focusing too much on memorization, too much on information that anyone with an internet connection and a vague understanding of how to use it can find in less than ten seconds.
As a parent of two Gilbert Public School students, I join with other parents, teachers and Gilbert Chamber of Commerce who fully endorse Charles Santa Cruz and Jill Humpherys for the Gilbert School Board. These two important candidates will bring an even-keeled approach to our board and will put our district back on the path supporting our public school system.
A federal judge is being asked to rule that “dark money” groups that now don't disclose the source of their contributions can also legally hide how they're spending the money — and on whose behalf.
Supporters of the Mesa Public Schools override say the $31.8 million dollars at stake are vital to keep the school district afloat, but opponents say the district would use those funds inefficiently.
The U.S. Justice Department wants a racial profiling ruling against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office to stand as the judgment on some of the federal government's allegations in a broader civil rights case against the sheriff's office.
Arizonans are painfully aware of the skyrocketing costs of health care. Both federal and state governments continue to ask for more tax dollars to pay for Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Taxpayers are contributing more than ever for health care for the less fortunate. Those below 133 percent of the federal poverty level now qualify for Medicaid and those using an ACA exchange receive a heavy subsidy. These programs will be inordinately expensive. Proposition 480 fails to acknowledge these massive changes and the sacrifices taxpayers are already making by asking for a 27-year, $1.6 billion bond and tax increase for the old way of doing health care business. At this point, the county hospital is only a true safety net for illegal immigrants because they do not qualify for AHCCCS or ACA, which begs the question why only Maricopa County property taxpayers should pay for a federal responsibility.
The Golder Ranch Fire District will celebrate employees at the annual Employee Recognition event held on Nov. 7 at the Canyon Del Oro High School auditorium. At the event, both administrative and field employees will be recognized for their outstanding work. Additionally, a community recognition award will be given to a community partner who displayed exceptional collaborative efforts over the last year.
The public is invited to a special event on Friday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. in the auditorium located at 1495 E. Ranch Vistoso Blvd. The program will feature Golder Ranch Fire Department EMS Battalion Chief Josh Hurguy and Oro Valley Water Utility Conservationist Karn Boyce.
Golder Ranch Fire District will kick off its annual Toys for Kids drive on Monday, Nov. 3. To donate to this program, please drop off new and unwrapped toys to any Golder Ranch Fire Station or Administration Building between the dates of Nov. 3 to Dec. 5, and between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It’s been interesting to check the mail over the last month. Instead of the regular junk mail and bills, we’ve seen a major influx of advertisements from candidates. It takes a couple of extra minutes each night to sift through the nonsense, and yes, it’s nonsense, before opening the bills and letters we actually check the mail for.
Having just read Mr. Cunnington’s letter about the Democrat Prime Directive I am at a loss. I am an elected Democratic Precinct Committeeman in and for Precinct No. 194, Pima County on the executive committees for the Pima County Democrats, (Legislative District 11), and Democrats of Oro Valley and have never heard of this Directive. I know that we do not endorse or campaign for any members of a different party but that is the extent of what he may be talking about. He may have a couple of his Tea Party Directives confused will the Democratic Party ideals.
Thank you for your recent article featuring the candidates seeking a seat on the Pima Community College Board. Of the two people running, Mark Hanna is the one who has the better sense of what PCC must do to move forward from its current difficulties so that it can best serve the young people of Southern Arizona. He is also well equipped to work alongside students, faculty, business leaders and the entire community in strengthening the college’s mission and vision.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and the students at Marana High School take the month very seriously.
Even if you do not have a child in the Gilbert Public Schools, the Gilbert School Board election is important to you. As the largest employer in Gilbert, the Gilbert Public School District is important to the economic development of the community. An unprecedented number of Gilbert teachers and administrators have resigned and are taking jobs in neighboring school districts where they will make more money and be treated with respect. Teacher applications for Gilbert school openings are down. Prospective homebuyers are asking questions about the Gilbert School Board as they consider where to buy a home in the East Valley. This is because three of the five school board members (Burk, Colvin and Smith) have focused on politics and ideology rather than enhancing student achievement. Remember how the three held up the approval of Apple to establish an operation in Mesa? Quality public schools are in the best interest of everyone in the community.
Citing concerns it broke state law – and despite insistence from its superintendent to the contrary – the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board voted to redact pages from its textbooks tied to abortion and reproduction.
With the 2014 election less than a week away, it’s important to remember that an election is a job review for legislators and elected officials. Let’s review.
You’re invited to celebrate the completion of the 14-mile Julian Wash Greenway segment of The Loop on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Calling it fiscally “impossible,” an attorney for lawmakers told a judge on Monday she should reject a bid by schools to get back the money the state illegally withheld from them for years.
As a very concerned Arizona resident and caring grandmother, I feel it is very important to inform Arizonans that their vote for superintendent of public instruction should be about qualifications, experience and expertise in the education field.
Roughly two years ago, I came home from work to find a letter on my front door. That letter was to inform me about a junior high school in my neighborhood that was closing. As any community member would, I simply asked why?
Two high schools in Gilbert are in the midst of a competition to get a burger named after them for a month at a new downtown restaurant.