David, another good article on education in spite of some nay-sayer commenters. Very interesting article on the same subject in the December 15th issue of Forbes (hardly a liberal journal) that describes five ideas that will generate $2.25 Trillion by turning US education around. The five ideas are: Increase teacher salaries, universal pre-k, empower school principals, blended learning (computers with teachers), and common core.
Unfortunately, in this state at least, the unceasing mantra of "lower taxes, reduced regulation" an idea that hasn't worked in the past and shows no sign of working now or in the future drowns out any reasonable suggestion to improve education.
Keep up the good work.
David: Is this being recorded.? I'd like to have been there but live in Prescott (but follow your comments on the Range) would like to see it - You Tube or whatever
The bill also increased the amount of money that individuals can give to political parties - anybody else think there is too much money from special interests as it is?
The bill also bought more F-35's that the Pentagon did not request.
The bill also cut WIC funding.
Ever wonder why our Legislature thinks its OK for a felon to buy a gun without any form of identification because to require ID would deprive said felon of his constitutional rights but all of us law abiding citizens have to show photo ID at the polls in order to vote, what happened to our rights?
When I first came to Arizona in the mid-80's. Terry Goddard was the Mayor of Phoenix. My wife and I volunteered our services to help the City move forward. It was a very inclusive, "Hi, what do do, let's go to work!" experience. We were on community committees and indeed did a small part to move the City forward. Terry is a very inclusive, consensus building, leader for everybody. He is a dedicated public servant. I would welcome a way to expose "dark money", to eliminate the inordinate influence on local politics by national business interests and self-serving special interest groups and would hope to see Terry Goddard as our Secretary of State.
Excellent article once again, David! I have met Diane and, indeed, she is a one trick pony. "Kill Common Core". End of platform, end of ideas, further deponent sayeth not. Now as I have previously opined, Common Core is far from ideal; though reportedly developed by the States, it has been embraced by the Federal government so there will be more fed money for states that drink the koolaid - read more loss of local control. It has also been embraced by the test designers (read big corporations) that stand to make lots of money. It replaces one form of high stakes testing with another. Finally, it was never tested before it was enthusiastically embraced, so our kids are the beta test platform.
Never the less, it apparently is working in at least one school district in the State. Osborn District in Central Phoenix reportedly has had great success with their kids so it's probably not all bad. My suggestion, work with it, fix it as we go let's not throw it out at this point and inflict a whole new yet to be developed initiative on our schools, our teachers and our kids
David: Thank you for this. I think that most of us have had a teacher that made a difference in our developing lives. I know that I do. And the fact that your colleague, Tom wrote about his mentor with such eloquence is as fitting and appropriate as it is moving. Like you, I am sure, I have little patience with those who would dismantle our system of public education. I admire teachers and respect the sacrifices that they must and do make to educate our kids and perhaps even turn a life around. That's why I am involved with adopt a classroom (www.adoptaclassroom.org) so that we citizens can reach into a classroom and directly support a teacher.
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