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Grant Winston: jank13 is absolutely right. Sen. Melvin and the Republican majority have starved and beaten public education, and done all they can to take taxpayer money and give it to religious schools in violation of the religious rights of thousands of taxpayers. He has done more class warfare than almost anyone in the legislature: war against the poor, war against women, war against minorities, war against public education, and war against the constitutions. He has furthered every partisan effort in the legislature, as well as efforts to make it harder for the people of Arizona to launch successful referenda and petitions. Remarkably, he seems proud of the fact that he and his Republicans in state government mortgaged the people's Senate, House and Executive Buildings rather than close one tax loophole to raise enough revenue to help in areas where help is deperately needed. GIve me Jo Holt over Al Melvin any day of the week and twice on Sundays!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 8:02 pm
RealPatriot: OMG!!! Senator Melvin is a broken record. What he said in this article about education, but it it not the whole truth. FACT #1 - from 2008 to 2012, the AZ legislature cut per pupil funding more than any other state in the nation - 21.8%FACT #2 - Yes, AZ has more charter schools and school choice than any other state, but we are ranked #46 in education performance. So, what's your his???FACT #3 - Public education funding is being diverted away from traditional public schools to charters, private schools and other venues and since 88% of our AZ students attend traditional public schools, they are the ones who are suffering.FACT #4 - There is no standard required of homeschoolers in Arizona. So, how can Senator Melvin say we have a "great home school" program? By who's standards? In fact, the state Department of Education is prohibited from regulating home schoolers and no standardized testing is required.
Senator Melvin's schtick works when people don't bother to check out the whole story. I'm watching and I hope you'll join me!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 3:22 pm
jank13: As usual, Senator Melvin grossly overstates the quality of education in Arizona. According to the EPE Research Center which publishes Education Week, AZ ranks 43rd in the quality of education out of all the states. It gets a C- and ranks well below the national average. You can offer companies all the perks you want, but unless you have quality education in place, you will only attract low wage jobs.Arizona can do much better than this.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 10:19 am
John Flanagan: I agree. Class warfare is getting to be a major talking point instead of intelligent discourse and problem solving. There are lots of areas for debate in Arizona, and if we are all mature and reasonable, we can find common ground.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 10:10 am
svivar9087: Good luck !
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 8:37 am
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