Christopher Long 
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Re: “The New Federal Education Law Could Be Good, Bad or Nothing Much for Arizona

There should be National Standards for k-12 education. Education standards should transcend into the college level as well in order to permit educators, nurses and other professions for example the opportunity to graduate with their degree and certification so that they could teach/work anywhere in the United States without a post state test to prove their qualifications.

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Posted by Christopher Long on 12/11/2015 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Arizona's Teacher Shortage (and How To Fix It)

AZ state legislature eliminated tenure and seniority two years ago. That action stifled many teachers voices across the state. Some small town districts are using this to eliminate quality educators who go to the wrong barbecue on Sunday, vote for the wrong political party, are NEA members or might have a different perspective than the conservative administrators. Educators are divided we have no union (AEA is a education association with little to no teeth) or legislators who will speak out for the teachers behalf. Nor are legislators concerned with finding consistent revenue streams to fund public education. According to the AZ auditor generals report, a garbage man who works for the city of Tucson starts out at a higher rate of pay and better benefits than many school districts across the state. ALEC, The Goldwater Institute and the Koch Bros. are decimating public education (read the Goldwater Institutes stance on education that can be found on their website) because education is one of the largest businesses/employers in the nation and they would like to control the financial resources for their own benefits. Teachers with multiple years of teaching experience are financially punished (most districts will start an experienced teacher of twenty years at the seven year mark on the pay scale) if they decide to leave their school district in order to relocate to a new school district. Does this happen to employees who work in the financial, business. IT, construction, health care or insurance industries?
How much money would districts save if all districts that pay into the state retirement system were to create one insurance consortium (combine all state employees, fire, police highway patrol into the consortium) for all state employees?
If we redirected maintenance and operations (M&O) funding from after school programs like sports (corporate, professional sports teams, and community donations would fund after school activities) back into the classroom many school districts would have millions of dollars to channel into the classroom and to hire more teachers and or increase their rate of pay.
Eliminate exorbitant salaries payed for by AZ tax dollars for superintendents ($280,000 plus benefits TUSD), state college/ university coaches (UofA basketball coach $1,600,000, assistant coaches $400,000 annually,see AZ auditor generals report).

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Posted by Christopher Long on 07/21/2015 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Bull Session

Discontinue to allow M&O (maintenance and operations) monies to fund extracurricular activities, realign those funds back into the classroom. Until Arizona raises it's national education ranking from 48th to the top 20th we shouldn't be spending classroom money on extras. Yes, Fine Arts and physical education would be more prevalent in daily K-12 schools curriculum across the state if we realigned these monies away from after school programs and back into the classroom. Yes sports have their place in our society but let us use education money to fund a culture learning. Why is America one of the few countries in the world that funds and promotes sports at university level?

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Posted by Christopher Long on 04/23/2015 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Hey, Diane Douglas Wants to Listen to Your State-of-Education Woes

Make it illegal to use maintenance and operations for extra curricular activities. Realign maintenance and operations monies so that the millions of dollars spent on extras go back into the classroom instead of funding an after school culture. Use M&O money to build more school libraries and hire more librarians, increase funding for curriculum based classes like art, music, fashion design, wood and auto shop into the daily instruction so that it will augment students abilities in other content areas. Stop paying $1,600,000 to the head basketball coach of U of A and $400,000 for each assistant coach especially when the head of surgical instruction at U of A earns less than $250,000 annually. University coaches who desire a seven figure salary should have to look at private universities and the professional sports in order to earn that kind of money. I
AZ schools are ranked 48th in the nation and yet we allow M&O money to pay for sports and extras, when I was a kid if I didn't retain a 'B' average then I wasn't allowed to play sports or play in the band (after school was for studying until my grades were acceptable). AZ schools grades are unacceptable compared to the national average. Where and why aren't the teachers, principals, superintendents and parents standing up and voice opposition to the legislation that would allow this gross mismanagement of fiscal resources and discontinue funding extracurricular activities until our state is ranked in the upper 20% (B average). The legislature claims that they have no funding for education and yet they allow school districts to spend millions of dollars of M&O monies each year to build a culture of sports while cutting curriculum based school programs.

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Posted by Christopher Long on 04/22/2015 at 3:38 PM

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