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Re: “Arizona Republicans Are All In For "Education Reform." Charter School Reform? Not So Much.

Thanks for providing this information.

If he was able to build new buildings on the paltry amount the state pays per student, while providing a good education to students, more power to him. Remember, charters can't do bonds or overrides for capital improvements. They do receive a small additional amount (I'm remembering roughly 10%) per student. It's a bit complicated once you throw in federal funds.

However, I still wonder if that's actually the case. He could've financed the buildings and paid some equity, enough to receive a $30 million payout. In any case, you are correct the system is ripe for corruption given the linkage of taxpayer funds and politicians and should receive stronger oversight. The profit element needs to be removed or strongly regulated.

On the other side of the coin, district schools are awful. If my kids were forced to go to the TUSD district high school, I'd move. There's little or no oversight or discipline.

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Posted by bslap on 09/18/2018 at 6:43 AM

Re: “What is the Cost of Free Speech?

Wow, they really have an echo chamber on that campus - and balanced and diverse viewpoints (eyeroll).

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Posted by bslap on 09/13/2018 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Nothing Scares an Arizona Republican More Than an Angry Educator

So now you're attacking the Tea Party - the patriots that literally founded your country. I've heard everything now.

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Posted by bslap on 09/12/2018 at 6:18 PM

Re: “A.G. Mark Brnovich is Shocked! Shocked! To Hear About Charter School Profiteering. (Does That Make Him the Education A.G.?)

Let's get one thing clear: charter schools are *not* evil. For-profit charters schools *are* evil.

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Posted by bslap on 09/10/2018 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Any Questions?

"the gap goes down to 11.1 percent." -- factor in summers off, winter break, fall break, spring break, more paid holidays than the private sector, it starts to look even better.
Now I know teachers work hard and are underpaid and I'd personally support additional taxation to give them a raise because then we'd attract better teachers and I think that's important and their job is incredibly important.
But in the end, taxpayers have nixed that idea with their votes. And the great thing about a free market is it's free. Teachers are free to pursue recapturing that 11.1 percent pay gap by pursuing another profession if they want to. If they did so en mass, salaries would go up to cover the shortage.
Non-teachers are also free to get qualified and pursue the noble profession of teaching while giving up some dollars.
Personally I don't find increased teacher pay worth the other things that would come with a Democratic governor like Garcia: open borders, high taxes, increased regulation and more socialism.

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Posted by bslap on 09/06/2018 at 7:59 AM

Re: “In Which I Get FOXed, But Not OutFOXed, On the John C. Scott Show

Good job debunking some misinformation. Misinformation, whether left-wing or right-wing, makes a poor foundation for decision-making.
Paranoia and hysteria are also poor foundations for decision-making. No matter how frightening school shootings are, your child's chance of being a victim of a shooting at school are dwarfed by their chances of being a victim of homicide outside school, a vehicular accident, a suicide, etc.

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Posted by bslap on 09/05/2018 at 9:29 AM

Re: “New York State Senate Candidate Supports Sex Worker Rights

What happens between consenting adults is nobody's business but their own.

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Posted by bslap on 08/25/2018 at 5:47 AM

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