Editor's Note

Ballot Battered

I'm not sure why people continue to elect politicians who vote for policy that goes against the best interests of their constituents and the interests of the people of Arizona.

Seems like we've tried so many different strategies lately, but not much works and I don't think I'm the only one who has thrown up their hands—give up, this is Crazyland. But then the headlines and David Safier's blog posts on The Range ring clear that something is wrong when a state can't keep its teachers. There are more than 1,000 vacancies open in school across the state. How each district will deal with that challenge will often determine how school will go for students in our city's districts—will some students in some of our most challenged neighborhoods be stuck with a substitute teacher for math or a science class for a good chunk of the year, often the most important time, before or if a permanent instructor is hired. My family has experienced this in the past, and I know it can be detrimental to how a student progresses and how a classroom coalesces as the year moves forward. Those who think our state is going in the wrong direction may say that having this many teachers essentially leave our state or the education field is just the market economy doing its thing. But seriously, when do we get to that point where the Professor turns to Gilligan and Skipper to remind them that doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results is called insanity. I like that TV episode, with Ginger and Mary Ann and the Howells, happy someone finally said what's been on everyone's mind. But no, this isn't TV. This, my friends, really is Crazyland and we can hope voters get it at some point. They will, won't they?

— Mari Herreras, mherreras@tucsonweekly.com

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