Editor’s Note

Wanted: No Teachers

"Let's move here honey and get jobs in education. I'm sure this beautiful landscape is made of great people who support and value education."

Oh, boy, those poor kids. Right now I'm thinking of my favorite classic horror movies and every naïve character who decides it would be a good idea to go into that dark basement or bedroom or that little forest patch in the backyard. Everyone in the audience is yelling, "Don't do it, dude. Don't go there."

Right now Arizona is that horror flick and our teachers are those people who have to head into the dark basement of education every day. Well, Arizona has been in this cinematic scenario for a long time. But right now, we're a bit shell-shocked with Gov. Flim Flam expanding scholarship accounts ... vouchers. Forget public schools now that you can ask the state for a voucher up to $5,600 and send your kids to any school you want.

What are the majority Republicans who supported this nightmare going to get for giving their vote to Flim Flam's ongoing strategy to dismantle public education in this state?

So now what? Please don't tell me you're just going to sit at home and feel bad for your kid's teachers. I hope you're looking them in the eye telling them you're going to do something about it.

If not, if you just want to keep things the way they are and have been for a long time (what the hell are you drinking?), then join us for the next best thing: let's get those signs up at our state borders. After all, we don't want young, educated people moving to Arizona thinking this is a state that cares about its children, their education, our economic progress and, oh yeah, their teachers.

— Mari Herreras, mari@tucsonlocalmedia.com

(Correction: The Editor's Note originally referenced that one Democrat voted in favor of the expanded vouchers. That was incorrect. A change as we headed to press was left off that a handful of Democrats were absent for the vote. However, it's important to note that even in their absence, Gov. Flim Flam was able to strong arm enough Republicans to make it happen. We apologize for the error. Get voting.)