"They (Kochs) cut, then they criticize the schools because they don't improve."
Schools did improve, at least up to 2015, despite the cuts or maybe because of the cuts and the Kochs spent a tone of money on ads in Arizona to say so. Arizona had the highest combined math and reading score gains in the nation from 2011 to 2015.
Make it simple for you. The ruling is that all children will be treated the same, all blind children, all children with autism, all children with downs syndrome, all children with cerebral palsy. The typical child on these scholarships will receive less than $5,600 as compared to the typical district public school child at $8,993.
Nationwide, the parents of special needs children sue public districts for hundreds of millions of dollars. These lawsuits are unbelievably destructive. The teacher quits the profession, the principal quits, the parent is alienated from the school community, the child has adverse educational outcomes.
Arizona districts have suffered zero of these level one lawsuits so far this year. Other similar states are averaging 40 per year.
We are empowering these parents with an inexpensive scholarship, not a lawyer.
Giving a bill a hearing means nothing. This is a bill which is not going to the finish line. However, we should develop a statewide consensus on extraordinary software and purchase a statewide contract on that software. This would bring the cost down by as much as 50% for all schools. Most of the cost of this software is marketing.
The article is incorrect. The contract would be fully subject to state procurement laws. But, it has a bigger problem - Arizona's four hour block has the best reclassification rate in the country and the software can't show a superior outcome to that. So, it will not likely make it to the finish line.