Friday, June 19, 2015

Arizona could afford better education funding but chooses not to

Want to know why Il Duce's "plan" for education is smoke? Here is an article by David Safier in TucsonLocalMedia on how AZ stacks up to other states in terms of its income and its spending on education. It's hard to escape the conclusion that the state (or more precisely its political leaders) has made a conscious decision to defund education. Below are snippets with David's conclusions. Check his numbers by reading his article.

... facts and figures ... all lead to the same conclusion. Almost every state in the union spends more to educate their children than we do — lots more in most cases. That includes states run by Republicans as well as Democrats, states in the south and the Midwest as well as on the east and west coasts.

The hard truth is, Ducey’s proposal to throw the schools a lifeline from the state lands trust doesn’t even begin to drag us out of the funding hole we share with three other states. We need a serious plan, and it has to include more taxes. Anything else is just a Band-aid. And if it’s done properly, by responsible adults, the burden can be borne by those who can best afford it, not people struggling to maintain a reasonable standard of living.

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