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Holt does not understand the requirement of a State balanced budget. Where was to the State to get the money to balanced the budget? Thin air? The State took advantage of Fed money to keep spending >$9K//student.
If/when the Fed money goes away, the State will be back to make up the difference.
Which begs another question. Why spend money on a failing system w/o major reforms? Holt needs to look at the Charter School model and come into the 21st Century.Oct 24, 2012
This is the same candidate Joseph that, when asked in a debate, could not identify the Props on the ballot, the same person that said Obamacare will "take us to a better place", and wants to put solar panels over the CAP canals. He also chided retired veterans about the fact that they get health insurance as part of their retirement package for serving our Country. There seems to be at least one or two lug nuts lose on his wheel.Oct 13, 2012
So look at the condition of Tucson (potholes), Pima Co, (potholes) PCC (corruption) and TUSD (broke). Now weigh the value of any Tucson endorsement. This candidate has shown the inability to read a State budget, can't make up her mind on Prop 204, and does not know what Prop 115 is all about. Never worked a day in the "real" world. Said that being 4th in the country in job creation and #1 in small biz startups was "not good enough". Holt is a kumbya candidate that makes Nancy Young Wright look like a statesman.Oct 12, 2012
Very shallow depth of reporting. The has been a flood of support for this project over the last year, from city councils, mayors, supervisors, economics development folks, and the ACC. And, of course, the Explorer could not mention the hard work done by Sen Melvin in getting solid support for this project in the State Legislature last term. This paper just finds it very hard to give credit to an R when credit is due. Oct 3, 2012
Safier has always believe that stuffing money between the ears of kids will make them smart. Comes from the amount of Koolaid he has been drinking.Sep 25, 2012
Right from the State Auditor General:
Between fiscal years 2001 and 2009, Arizona’s total operational spending per pupil increased 47 percent before decreasing 5 percent between fiscal years 2009 and 2011. Despite this overall increase, Arizona’s per-pupil spending continues to trail the national average by nearly $2,700. Arizona districts also allocate resources differently than the national averages, spending lower percentages of available operating dollars on instruction and administration, and higher percentages on plant operations and student support services.
Arizona’s state-wide average classroom dollar percentage in fiscal year 2011 was 54.7 percent, a record low since our Office began monitoring classroom dollars 11 years ago. Each year since fiscal year 2004, districts have decreased the percentage of their resources they allocated to the classroom. Further, this shift in spending out of the classroom accelerated in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. Sep 25, 2012
Holt was totally unprepared for the big time. She passed on a question regarding Prop 115. On Prop 204 she was against it before she was for it. Her answer to the illegal immigration was "suck it up AZ and wait for the Fed to come in. Asked what the role of the State is in K-12 education, she responded by saying the State should run it. No acknowledgement of local control.
Rosemont? Don't let it go cause they would "make too much" money. Her main reason for running, "to restore traditional public education". This is the same system that all but the NEA have declared as a failure.Sep 25, 2012
Couple of things before we run to get our crying towels as the writer would have us do.
According to an analysis by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the do-what-you-want pot is drained after five years. And over 10 years, both pots fall $1.4 billion short of paying for just inflation. Proposition 204 supporters seem divided over whether to accept or dispute the JLBC's interpretation. Check the JLBC for yourself.
Take a look at the AZ State Auditor General's site. Even with the slight decrease in state spending, money to the classroom is at an al time low.
And $$/student means nothing unless graduation rates are considered. Chicago, LA, Detroit, and DC have extremely high $$/student with much lower graduation rates.
The writer is consistent--he always wants more $$ for the tax and spend crowd in education. At the same time, he never has asked for verification of performance by schools or teachers.
Sep 19, 2012
This article belongs in the editorial section or the advertising section. This current legislative group, including Sens. Melvin and Antenori, balanced the budget, put money in the bank, and took AZ from the worst state per capita/financial condition to one the the best. Yes, that is right, we were worse than CA and NY under the leadership of the lefties and Nappy. If Ms Holt is serious, she might think about a quick history lesson in State government and state finance. Ms Holt is not for better education as she states, but holding the status quo for the teachers and administrations, hence her support for Prop 204. Really, the Dems should have put up some one better. Cage tried all these tried arguments the last two elections. Maybe that is why Ms. Hold is running under clean elections- she raise any money for her ideas.Sep 18, 2012
Holt is a novice in the political area and never saw a program she did not like. She is pushing for more money for education, but doesn't want to take it ways from illegals. She must think that here is a very deep pot of money in Phoenix. But that is what happens when a candidate never worked in the private sector--no idea of fiscal responsibility. She can't even raise money for her own campaign as she is running on State taxpayer money.Aug 16, 2012