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John Huppenthal, please stop your lies. I've written letters where I criticized your opposition to full day kindergarten calling it "daycare" before you flip-flopped and voted for it in a political deal. I've written letters where I criticized your support of public money for private schools. I've even written letters pointing out that you have never taught a kid, or supervised a school, and the fact that you are Superintendent of Public Instruction is a sham. But I have never written a letter criticizing charter schools, and I challenge you to find one. If you find one I will publicly apologize to you in a letter to the AFN, and if you don't find one, I expect you to do the same. I am a man of my word, are you?
-Fred Barlam9 months ago
As an educator for over 40 years, with 8 of those years as a school administrator in Arizona, I can tell you that the goal of making every student in our state a grade level reader is an extremely admirable one. Thinking it can be done without a huge financial investment in education, as our state legislature has demonstrated time after time by continuously cutting funds rather than increasing them, is the epitome of sheer stupidity. Unless there is adequate funding, which seems very unlikely, it will do nothing more than add to the numerous financial mandates that school districts already endure, and frustrate students and parents.10 months ago
Excuse me afnanalog, for the persumption that you are an honest person, please understand that I am used to dealing with Liberals and Democrats. Jun 10, 2011
afnanalog, this is Fred Barlam the guy who you said probably pays no income taxes and is part of the ugly mooching class. According to the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce website
(http://www.ahwatukeechamber.com/ahwatukee), "Our 35.8 square-mile village currently has a population of approximately 88,500 residents. The average household income is $96,700." For the 7 years that I have lived in Ahwatukee, the Barlam family income has substantially exceeded that average household income each year. You know what they say about people who ASSUME![smile]Jun 8, 2011