In a recent opinion piece (“Huppenthal’s money plea off base,” AFN, Feb. 17) a writer chastises Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal for not seeking additional funding on top of what Huppenthal is already requesting. The writer feels that even more money should flow into Kyrene so parents “don’t have to donate reams of paper to their schools.”
Kyrene schools are very well funded. If there is no paper in the schools as the writer states he should direct his disdain towards the school district’s administration. Kyrene receives more money per student than many elementary school districts in Arizona. Consequently, Kyrene residents spend more on education per $100 of their home’s assessed value in property taxes than many homeowners outside of the district. And I’m good with that. It’s one of the reasons why we have great elementary and middle schools. Resourcing them is important. But at some point enough is enough. They must work with what they have. And I believe they are doing that. The writer seems to disagree. He appears to want an endless flow of cash to our public schools. Fortunately for many of us in Ahwatukee, Huppenthal seems unwilling to allow that to happen.