I opposed Prop 123 but am alarmed by many of the comments above. I know David Safier & while we were on opposite sides of Prop 123, he is a thoughtful & passionate supporter of public education, which I am too. I have linked to the statement put out by the No Prop 123 committee which proudly points out what success we achieved for our efforts & what we should do in the future. I urge all of us who opposed Prop 123 to read the statement because I think it gives us reasons to be hopeful for the future.
The "wide public support" was from political elites not from ordinary citizens as the vote totals prove.
Nice article Dave. I appreciate the chart which shows that in 1964 when I was in grade school in Phoenix, Arizona did a good job funding public education. We owe it to our kids to give them the same chance I had as a child. Whatever the outcome on Tuesday, I will support efforts to support public education better than we have recently.
Thank you for your opposition to Prop 123 Betts.
Thanks, Bruce, for coming out against Prop 123. It helps a lot.
David, I think your comments make a lot of sense. Who wants to relive a bad experience? For those who enjoyed their school years, I think low pay is definitely a cause of the teacher shortage in Arizona. My daughter, Marie, had a great high school experience at CDO in Oro Valley. She went on to become a high school history teacher, but not in Tucson. Rather she moved to Omaha Neb., which pays its teachers 33% more than in Arizona. She's been there only 2 years but is closing on a home this month. She's willing to put up with midwestern winters, so she can happily live a middle class dream. I don't blame her.
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