Friday, April 29, 2016

Former AZ Supreme Court Chief Justice gives reasons for No on 123, Scriber adds "Ducey's budget"

Here is some of what Stanley Feldman said in the Special to the Arizona Daily Star.

Given the position of the Governor and current legislative majority, any hope that they will cure the problem is pure fantasy. We need to do a lot better, and we need to do it the way Arizona’s founders envisioned for our schools.

Let’s follow through with what the taxpayers ordered in 2000 with Prop. 301 and fight it out in the courts, which have already held that the Legislature must obey Prop. 301.

Let’s not indulge in this fantasy that the current legislative majority and the Governor will do what is necessary to solve the problem.

If they were willing to do that, they would have done what they were commanded to do in Prop. 301 or could have allocated some of the current $1 billion surplus for our schools.

Ducey was complicit in more cuts for education in the budget

It really does come down to trust. Now that Il Duce is taking serious heat about the budget, his budget, watch the backpedalling on the items in the budget that are harmful to public education. Here's another story on that from Howard Fischer in the Star.

Gov. Doug Ducey is counting on rank-and-file lawmakers to restore some cuts in public school funding — cuts that are in the budget deal he negotiated with Republican legislative leaders.

There are signs that’s going to happen.

A tentative agreement being negotiated late Thursday would reverse a decision, made last year, by lawmakers to change how the state calculates aid to schools. The result, if a compromise is reached, would be to restore money that schools would have lost in the state budget agreement announced earlier this week.

The deal also would scrap a proposed change in the law that would penalize districts that use their own taxpayer dollars to build schools.

“We’re very close,” the governor said in a tweet about the budget process.

Guv, you were already there. You were part of the budget deal that would have inflicted more harm on public education. Here comes the spin.

Scarpinato said despite Ducey’s blessing for the plan, his boss never believed it would be the last word.

Pressure has been building since it was determined the budget proposal — which is supposed to represent the consensus of Ducey and state GOP leaders — would cut the amount of money going to K-12 schools this coming year.

No matter how they spin it, the bottom line is this.

The bottom line is that K-12 funding next year under the deal Ducey agreed to would have been $21 million less than what the schools would otherwise get automatically just from enrollment and inflation.

This, friends, is the future of education in Arizona: a constant rear guard action against the anti-education TeaPublican crowd that will stab education in the back.

Let's go back to court.

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