Sean Bowie published a letter on Aug. 20 (“Arizona must invest in education,” AFN) which made a plea to provide more money for Arizona education. What is missing in his plea is a discussion of how more funding will lead to a better education for our children. It seems to me that he falls into the trap for “education advocates” — that the relationship between money and education is so obvious that it needs no discussion. Money and education success are synonymous. Arizona is indeed at or near the bottom in education spending. So are other states that have good records in education. And I need not remind anyone of the school systems who lead the world in education spending — Newark, Washington, Chicago — are we trying to emulate them? However, completely contrary to Mr. Bowie’s assertion, average teacher salaries are NOT “among the lowest.” Arizona teachers, with an average salary of $50,000 per school year in 2013, ranked 30 out of 50 (NCES data). It’s also of concern to me how the money he proposes to spend on increasing those salaries of teachers will go to the hard-working teachers, as he recommends. My understanding is that all teachers, hardworking or not, would get those raises. Bowie also asserts that pre-school and smaller classes will inevitably improve education. These are truisms close to the heart of every member of the education system lobby and their desire for the opportunities that growth brings, but are controversial issues when data is examined.
I often get asked by my clients whether it is legal to record telephone conversations. Like any good lawyer, I always answer that question by asking them a couple of questions, namely: (1) will at least one participant in the telephone call consent to your recording the call?; and (2) what state(s) will all of the participants in the call be in while the call takes place? The reason these two questions are critical is because Arizona is called a “one-party consent jurisdiction.” What this means is that in Arizona, an individual must have the consent or agreement of at least one party to a conversation to legally intercept or record a wire or electronic communication, including wireless and cellular calls. If one party to the conversation has not consented to your intercepting or recording the telephone call, you will be committing a felony (Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3005). In addition, using a device to overhear (but not record) a conversation while not present, without the consent of a party to that conversation, is also a felony under Arizona law.
Recently the Pima County GOP chair was quoted as saying about Arizona, “The real problem is low economic growth caused by federal regulatory policies, including the onerous Obamacare employer mandates looming over employers.”
Michael Debbins and his Boy Scout Troop 16 completed a major outdoor renovation project at Keystone Montessori in Ahwatukee, providing a functional backyard environment for the lower elementary classrooms. The project included repurposing existing pavers, relocating composters, moving existing ground-level planter beds and stonework, and adding custom-made raised planter boxes and handcrafted benches to create a more beautiful outdoor space for the school children. Over 150 man-hours were invested on project day.
Mark Spitz is a 2-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei/Rottweiler who is smart and loves treats. He already knows sit and would really benefit from more training. He can be a bit shy, but he loves being pet gently and it helps him warm up to you. He really loves attention. He is neutered and his adoption fee is $150.
Kyrene School District hosted its annual Parent Superintendent Council (PSC) at the district office Tuesday morning in efforts for Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) and local businesses to discuss fundraising ideas for the school year.
For the fourth consecutive year, Fulton Homes will help middle school and high school bands, ensembles, orchestras and vocal groups showcase their talents and display their patriotism for a large radio audience.
The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission (PRSC) will host the latest event in the Sheriff’s Youth Assistance Foundation’s SPORTS@LUNCH series that will take Thursday. The subject will be the business of the Super Bowl that will focus many millions of eyes on the Valley of the Sun next February.
If you turn on the television, or open your mailbox, this year’s election is being dominated by a slew of topics with immigration, gun rights and personal attacks being the most common. Each of these issues obscures what should be the most important priority in this election: the future of education in our state.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald