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RIch, I'm glad to hear your urging of voters to "say no" to more spending. To really stop wasteful spending, I hope you're urging government representatives to cut military spending. Just think, if the military were cut like schools have been cut, we could be protecting our country for half the cost of what we're paying now! What I'd really like to see is for Arizona school administrators to give a lesson to the Pentagon about how to cut the waste out of a budget.
......... A little history: From the late 1980s to 2000, education funding was cut more and more. WIth Prop 301 in 2001, funding started to improve until it hit a high in 2007. That "High point" was still LESS than 1987, and Arizona has been ranked in the bottom of states for per-pupil funding for 20 years. So 2007 really was not bountiful by any means. Since 2007, Arizona has cut education funding by 26%! .... During this time, Arizona's NAEP scores (national tests) have Improved! ( not a lot, but some. And other states' scores have improved better that Arizona, as they have invested more in schools.)
***** Just imagine if Military SPending were cut like that! We could have every bit of safety that we have now, plus some improvement, and we'd be spending 26% LESS than in 1987! But no, defense spending has Increased from $500 billion in the 1980s to over $700 billion now. (peak to peak, adjusted for defense inflation)
Why only demand that schools become more efficient?
Why not also demand that the military become more efficient, too?
Why not demand that prisons become more efficient? 6 months ago
Thanks EVTrib for this quick run-down of important local issues. I've been focused on Prop 204 and the school overrides, so I have not yet researched the city's questions on the ballot. It's a great thing to have a news source that covers more local and regional news and information! [beam]6 months ago
No, Governor Brewer, I do not want to wait for your solution.
Your solutions have been too little, too late.
The meager amounts you have proposed to improve funding to educatin were soundly ignored by the legislature time after time.
Vote YES on Prop 204 because our schools need to be funded adequately.
If you have no children in school (mine graduated and moved out of state)
Vote YES on Prop 204 so that your future DOCTOR, Car Mechanic, Accountant, and plumber, will have had a good education.
Propl 204 invests in education and infrastructure. Vote YES on Prop 204 if you want to drive over AZ bridges and feel confident that they are sound and safe. 8 months ago
Lefevre's organization, Joe Foss Institute, has a video in which a teacher says, 'Textbooks have become too liberal." The organization sends veterans to schools to tell their stories and the school children get the message, "War is glory. Veterans are heroes."
The challenge with "Civics Education" is in teaching it in a balanced way. Conservative organizations like Lefevre's group see his veterans-in-schools programs as, "civics," while those with a liberal perspective see his programs as, "Indoctrination to a culture of war."
To teach balanced civics, a classroom should bring in veterans to tell their stories, and war protesters to tell their stories. SInce those who fight in wars are heroes, those who protest so that a war will end are also heroes.
So it is for every civics action: Those who create taxes to support education and veterans' benefits are heroes. And those who protest those taxes are heroes. All perspectives are needed to keep our Independence balanced. 10 months ago
SB1204. COntact Governor Brewer and ask her to veto SB1204, the "Parent Intervention Options" bill because it takes away your rights as a voter!Feb 27, 2012
The Parent Trigger Bill (SB1204) also gives CRAZY_POWER to a few parents. In my neighborhood, as few as 251 parents could choose to close the neighborhood school down, leaving an abandoned building in my neighborhood. ABANDONED BUILDING! If it's a good idea to close a school, the district can do it and work with the community to not leave a blighted abandoned building.
*** More than anything else, this bill SLAPS VOTERS IN THE FACE ! It says, "I don't care about you 3400 voters in the neighborhood, or you 85,000 voters who elected the school board. It gives the power to make HUGE Decisions to only a few people. And those few people are not accountable to anybody! At least if the school board makes a crummy decision, you can email them, phone them, go to meetings and talk to them. But the parents in this parent-trigger law can make a terrible decision, and have no repercussions. NO Accountability is the name of this bill. - SB1204. COntact Governor Brewer and ask her to veto SB1204, the "Parent Intervention Options" bill because it takes away your rights as a voter! Feb 27, 2012
"They LIED to me and now it's a big old mess!" - That's the reaction of a parent living with the Parent Trigger bill in California. NONE of the reform options have been proven to work. The "Parent Intervention Options" (SB1204) has a list of lousy options. It does not provide meaningful parental involvement to find research-based solutions. Feb 27, 2012
So Sen. Don Shooter thinks that the education his grandparents had is good enough for today. Great. (sarcasm) What else would he like to be like those good ol' days? Model A cars with no roofs and dirt roads? Polio? Maybe he'd like to go back to when women could not vote? I think his constituents want their quality of life to be upheld and improved. That requires a modern-day education including the use of technology to solve problems. Feb 21, 2012
With great respect, Mr. Richardson, I invite you to do some research before you write an opinion piece. For starters, the list of "3s" is not nearly as long as you think. The 3 districts combine many, many operations from Legal Counsel to printing. All 3 districts combine operations to save money whenever it works. When combining does not create a benefit, they do not combine.
As for your disdain of Montessori programs and the move to provide a variety of learning environments, that is the goal of our legislators. Take it up with them. They want schools to offer families choices about how their children learn. Some can choose to have their children memorize from text books and take tests; while others can have their children learn from actually doing things like growing crops or building a house.
If we want a variety of innovative solutions for our future, it's a good idea to try some innovative approaches to learning. Jan 30, 2012