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Re: “Back When Arizonans Cared About Public Education, and Were Willing to Fight For Their Initiative Rights

In the May 2 Star I read that Governor Ducey has heard no concern about Arizona being near the bottom of all states in per-student funding. And his proposed budget, about to be introduced in the legislature, will be a home run for education. Among the devices featured in his plan is $38 million for results-based funding with about 65% of it going to schools doing very well while situated in relatively well-off neighborhoods and districts, with a disproportionate share going to charter schools. This is but one of the dozen or so gimmicks intended to show how well the governor is treating public education while failing to address the critical backlog of capital needs in the schools or the cruel underpayment of the states teachers, to mention just two of the critical issues he prefers not to notice.
I suggest that every reader who has concern about our states inadequate funding for public education contact her legislators, who may listen and hear her concerns while Governor Ducey has made it all too evident that he will not.

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Posted by franklymydears on 05/02/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Show Us the Money

Maybe Secretary Reagan would prefer to postpone an improved campaign finance reporting system until after she has run for reelection in 2018.

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Posted by franklymydears on 03/30/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Larger Than Life

Martin was a blessing to his family, his community, his party and his country. Long and fondly will he be remembered.

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Posted by franklymydears on 02/23/2017 at 7:36 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Colonel Retired McSally, she who served in USAF 22 years and calls it 26, does something good -- the mental health legislation and has to try to add something not so good at all at all: letting people who should probably not be allowed near firearms to possess them more easily than they can presently. There's a commonality here: not letting well enough alone. And all this while, after crushing her opponent in the election, she's whining about her desperate need for more money to fend off her next opponent.

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Posted by franklymydears on 12/16/2016 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

If I remember correctly, Steve first left the Republican party and then registered and ran for his second term as a Democrat because the Republican party, even here in Pima County, proved inhospitable to a centrist Republican council member. Republican or Democrat, Steve is the same intelligent, honest, hard-working council member for whom I wish I could vote.

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Posted by franklymydears on 12/01/2016 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Republican Clodfelter Moves Ahead in Central Tucson House Race

If Clodfelter wins, Tucson and Pima County lose. Nice guy but doubtfully willing or strong enough to stand up to the Maricopa-centric GOP caucus in the House. His site quotes Bruce Wheeler as saying Dems are ineffective in the legislature. He doesn't add that Bruce says nobody has less clout than a Republican from Pima County. Todd will go along to get along and we'll have one fewer House member to represent us.

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Posted by franklymydears on 11/10/2016 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Raising Hell

"We learned about our messaging and we absolutely need to improve how we message this to the community," Foster said.
First thing TUSD board and staff need to learn is to communicate honestly, factually and in plain English. Foster's statement quoted above would seem to illustrate the reluctance of the incumbents to do just that. 'Messaging'????? 'How we message to the community'????? C'mon, Kristel. Is this the way you talk in the classroom? Message us no messages. Just the facts, ma'am!

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Posted by franklymydears on 11/03/2016 at 9:27 AM

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