Thanks for this simple lens through which to view Arizona and even TUSD financial politics. It's a shell game and the details can be mind-numbing, (as attempts are made to get desegregation funds to pay for everything from football fields to additional behavior supports in the schools) but the basic foundation is NIMB.
And don't forget that just coincidentally the Sec'y of State was too busy campaigning FOR this crummy Proposition to actually get out a piece of information that laid out both sides of the argument to between 200,000 and 400,000 voters in time to inform their vote. Hmm, guess they had to find out about it on TV...Oh, who's on TV you say? Only the YES side, but there is no corruption here, none here, move along, nothing to see here.
Thats right David. And one way to say it is to counter the latest "pay my friends and screw the poor and young..." and vote NO on 123. Its not about school funding. Its about legislative theft.
And about those "somewhat moderate Republicans", I would tone down the partisanship....as a person really interested in seeing our schools funded, I am outright happy for the help from a few courageous outliers who are willing to buck their own party on this one instead of giving them faint praise. I still remember the so-called "non-partisan" education funding town hall at Catalina High where one of the "somewhat moderate Republicans" who happens to be really good on education was relegated to sitting in the audience while the Democrats, who are all just NOW practicing non-partisanship by supporting Prop 123 (in the name of the--yes, grossly underpaid--teachers) dominated the stage and patted themselves on the back for all the great things they are doing for the schools. If we really wanted to help the teachers our local (D) Education Heroes would stop spending all of our money on retaining administrators and the Superintendent, , and start putting more of it into retaining the people who really do the work of public schools--teaching the kids.
When the local Superintendent of a very very poor district teams up with Lisa Graham Keegan to discuss how to increase teacher recruitment , you've got a problem. When that same Superintendent promises to pay teachers more than the $500 increase that they received to make up for the longevity stipends that they (unwittingly) lost in the process, when that same Superintendent's "necessary" incentive to stay is a YUGE salary increase, you've got a problem. My heart goes out to teachers who are tired of being talked down to and bad about, but I am going to keep working for a deal that actually benefits them with money, not empty promises. And David, I would have thought that you would too. Guess you don't have grandkids in Arizona (who you might want to see have access to public education too) .....
David it continues to amaze me that you can write the stuff you write and then not come to the conclusion that you are leading to! Obviously, according to what you have written, after we are amazed and appalled we are supposed to vote YES on their NEXT cockamamie scheme to hurt our kids and grandkids--because thats the Arizona Way! We are supposed to continuously reward them for being criminals and liars by trusting them "just one more time".
I was not in the negotiations, and I cannot imagine what kind of threats and insinuations could have caused usually excellent legal teams to strike such a miserable deal. Clearly , the supes have built budgets around money that doesn't exist in order to build a constituency for a pittance that they made sure was UNDESIGNATED funding so that they can scare the living h^ll out of already starving teachers. I'll be interested to see just how LONG the Prop 123 money goes for teacher raises.....if at all.
HEADLINE IS SCREWED UP---ITS THIS THURSDAY!!!!!
Thomas Borin you are right on the money. Lets see how many of the "its the best we could get" prop 123 supporters also support a so-called minimum wage hike that isn't, because ITS the "best we could get". Until Arizona voters start being (dare I say it?) IDEALISTS and asking for what they actually WANT, we will get pathetic half-measures. When you start out by asking for "the best we can get" you get something far less. In fact, you get the Arizona legislature and Governor. All you education supporters out there, is that what our future should look like? I think not. I think our education future should look like truly well-funded teachers and schools, where all kids get a good public education: not a dystopic situation where we (horribly under-)fund public ed for today's kids at the expense of tomorrow's.
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