I think I would have liked to have you as a teacher....
Scary when one of the godless heathens at Tucson Weekly can quote scripture as well as Mike Huckabee. :)
Who is Jonathan Hoffman? A paid employee of the Goldwater Institute? This post is written like a GI press release.
Her's some simple math - $120K annually for rent for 60 students, $118K annually for the principal's salary for 60 students. Those are both administrative costs. That means each student is contributing $4,000 of their state per pupil expenditure to administration. That's well over 50 percent of state funding going to administration. Great scoop by David Safier, this seems on its face to be either fraud or gross mismanagement.
It's interesting that while Ducey rails against the Common Core standards because they are "national", he cites NAEP, a test paid for by the federal government, to prove that AZ students are performing poorly. Presumably NAEP is based on some set of national standards. So he accepts national standards as part of the test, but not as the basis for the learning curriculum to help students do better on the national test? Ducey is demonstrating a completely incoherent philosophy driven entirely by Tea Party politics.
David, attending suburban Minnesota schools in the 60s and 70s the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) was an annual spring event. No high stakes involved, but principals and school board members certainly compared aggregate scores across the district.
When I worked in AZ state government in the 1980s there was a Blake's just south of the Capitol at about 15th Ave and Grant in Phoenix that was a frequent lunch spot for me and my fellow workers. We were sorry to see it fall to urban decay. I will be happy to revisit Blake's the next time I'm in Tucson!
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