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Cheers for Kyrene school officials and all the volunteers in our community's youth sports leagues!! This is another fine example of how Kyrene operates. The youth sports leaders pointed out a problem, and the Kyrene District officials brought them all into a meeting to learn more from each other about the issue. In the follow-up meeting, a smaller group found ways to reduce costs.
**** Community members spoke up! The school officials listened -- as they always do when you make them aware of an issue. 6 months ago
afnanalog: US spending on schools and AZ spending on schools are 2 very different things. Arizona's funding per pupil is now LOWER than it was in the 1980s. !!! The average funding per student in the US has increased, but AZ schools have LESS than they did 3 decades ago.
**** Since the 1980s spending per student has risen in the US (on avg. but not for AZ) even after adjusting for inflation. The 2 main reasons are to pay for special needs students, and quality of life. As our quality of life improves, we need students to learn what it takes to be the workforce in that world with the better quality of life. Our world uses cell phones and pace-makers now, whereas in the past we used rotary-dial phones and people died without a pace-maker. We are educating students to be prepared for the inventions of tomorrow, and that takes more time, effort, and technology than it did 3 decades ago. Arizona, meanwhile, is not keeping up. If you want your future doctor to know the best way to keep you healthy, you might want to start learning about what's really going on in AZ education, rather than apply generalities about the US to Arizona. The rest of the US could learn a lot from Arizona about cost cutting. But Arizona needs some (not a lot) more funding to be able to prepare students to be the workforce we need tomorrow.
9 months ago
In addition to being a dedicated member of the community, Dave has a view of the bigger picture. From meetings with state-wide coalitions, he brings knowledge of what students need to learn in order to be competitive in the global economy. As a member of the Grand Canyon Institute, he is focused on developing solutions beyond the usual approaches. [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] -- Mitzi Epstein Oct 31, 2012
Prop 204 does not create any new bureaucracies. The money will be administered by existing departments: Education, Transportation, etc. Our locally-elected officials will have a say in making sure the money is used appropriately: Community College Boards, Local School Boards, Charter School Boards, the Board of Regents.
Plus, an outside, independent audit will be done every 5 years to assure that the money is used for the purpose of Prop 204: improved education and jobs.
Vote YES for Prop 204 to assure your future doctor has had a good education! Sep 28, 2012
M. Tousley : Most of the money from Prop 204 will go directly into a fund to be administered by the existing AZ Department of Education. From there it will be provided to schools on a per-student basis. It will most certainly benefit students in classrooms. Arizona Education Funding has been cut by 22% since 2008 -- the worst cuts in the country. Prop 204 will only begin to backfill that cut.
Your notion that somehow Ann-Eve Pedersen will benefit from Prop 204 passing is right in only 1 sense: She'll be glad to see Arizona investing in our future economy with more teachers, teacher training, and implementation of the 4 big reforms enacted in recent years. She'll probably go on volunteering all her time to helping public education, as she has for the past 4 years. That's right, she's doing all of this as a volunteer -- just as hundreds, possibly thousands of parents and community members are volunteering their time to help Prop 204 pass, so that we can all benefit from a better economy and quality of life. Sep 28, 2012