Business leaders it get it.They understand that after years ... decades really ... of tax cuts, Arizona’s woefully underfunded public schools need a boost.They understand that quality schools lead to quality employers coming to our state and that, despite all the pretty pie-in-the-sky spin offered by our political leaders, Arizona won’t grow itself out of the hole in which our politicians have placed our kids.Thus comes a plan to ask voters for a 1.5-cent sales tax hike for education in 2020. That would be an extension of the existing 0.6-cent tax that expires in 2021 and another 0.9 percent to cover funding that the Arizona Legislature has systematically stripped from the schools.Already, Gov. Doug Ducey opposes the proposal.Well, yeah, he would. Ducey led the drive to kill a sales tax for schools in 2012, with a little (read: a lot) of help from his dark money network of Koch-connected donors. Then he got elected in 2014 with a little (read: a … [Read more...] about Roberts: Raise Arizona’s taxes for schools? What’s the alternative?
There is a blue wave sweeping the country.Tuesday night’s victory is proof that when Democrats lead with our values, when we recruit great candidates like Doug Jones and support them by organizing and investing early, when we engage Millennial and African-American voters — especially African-American women, who are the backbone of our party — we can win anywhere.Voters are rejecting Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s radical agenda and electing Democrats up and down the ballot. We have now flipped 33 state legislative seats from red to blue this year. And we’ve won in deep-red districts that Trump carried a year ago, including three state legislative seats in Oklahoma, as well as critical races in New Hampshire and Florida. OUR VIEW: After Alabama election, an opportunity for both GOP, Democrats This isn’t a coincidence. We’ve built this blue wave by investing and organizing. Just like we did in Virginia and New Jersey, the DNC … [Read more...] about DNC: Alabama voted for the right party
How appalled should we be that more than 1,000 emergency teacher certificates have been issued in Arizona so far this school year?It certainly shows the appalling extent of Arizona’s teacher shortage.Even if state universities and community colleges are cranking out graduates as fast as they can, and lawmakers just passed a wider set of alternate methods by which teachers can get certified, there simply aren’t enough experienced applicants to fill classrooms.According to reporting by The Republic’s Ricardo Cano, teachers with little to no training in how to actually teach students are filling positions at every grade level, in just about every subject. Actually, some are teaching multiple subjects. And the number of underqualified teachers is growing: 1,035 emergency certificates were issued as of mid-November, up from 789 all last year.Why? Because districts are desperate. According to a recent Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association report, district and … [Read more...] about Allhands: Are ‘underqualified’ teachers ruining education? Yes and no
There is opportunity in crisis, as the saying goes. And for Republicans, Roy Moore's stunning loss in Alabama’s special Senate election is a chance to focus on a nagging question: If they can’t win in Alabama, where can they win?It is also a chance for Republicans to address their growing electoral conundrum — with a manifestly unfit president, a party base besotted by fire-breathers, and a Congress determined to pay off its debts to the wealthy by borrowing from the young and taxing many in the middle class.There is much work to be done and, with an embarrassing loss in Alabama, plenty of motivation to take it on.Democrats face a less obvious threat: the growing temptation to take midterm victory for granted. DNC: Alabama voted for the right party The election of former prosecutor Doug Jones in the deep red state of Alabama wasn't a fluke, but Jones' party can't depend on running against a slate of relatively poorly funded … [Read more...] about After Alabama election, an opportunity for both GOP, Democrats
Montgomery, AlabamaDemocrat Doug Jones assembled an unusual Deep South alliance to claim a Senate seat Tuesday in Republican-dominated Alabama, combining strong turnout among African-Americans and white liberals with enough crossover support from conservatives who couldn’t stomach scandal-ridden Republican nominee Roy Moore.Among those disaffected GOP voters was the state’s most powerful Republican, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, who very well may have handed Jones his victory margin of about 1.5 percentage points.The six-term senator made a late campaign show of declaring he couldn’t vote for Moore, an evangelical populist, after allegations from multiple women who said the 70-year-old molested and sexually pursued them decades ago, when they were in their teens and Moore was in his 30s.Shelby, who was the last Democrat to win a Senate seat from Alabama in 1992 before switching parties two years later, declared the charges credible, despite Moore’s denials, and the … [Read more...] about An unusual alliance yields a Dem upset in Alabama
After USA TODAY's Editorial Board published the editorial "Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?", some questions arose for our readers. While most reactions were congratulatory and positive, serious concerns about fairness and credibility were raised.We can disagree about views and have an open discussion about different issues, but it is imperative to make a distinction that not many people understand: USA TODAY's editorial opinions are decided by its Editorial Board, separate from the news staff.In the spirit of fairness, it is USA TODAY tradition — and a unique feature — to feature an opposing view to our editorials. In this most recent example, Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, took the opportunity to debate with us. That being said, it is important to directly address comments and concerns. On getting called "fake news": "USA Today isn't known for its blistering opinion pieces. Which … [Read more...] about Readers, calm down. This is about Trump, not conservatives.
Re: "Mile posts: The successor to Dam to Dam should be...", Also, I'd like to put a fair word in for Michael Zimmerman to combat the incomplete truths stated in the article. One would be hard pressed to find more than a handful of professionals possessing the skill set, experience and organization of Mr. Zimmerman in the race management industry. Not to mention, Michael has an endless passion for endurance sports, a contagious care for the success of his participants and a sincere joy in most circumstances.Best of luck to Dam to Dam in 2018 along with Michael, RipRoar and the "new" event we'll see in 2019!— Phil Young, owner, Fleet Feet Sports, Davenport … [Read more...] about Don’t boo the new Dam to Dam before it’s started
So rarely does doing the right thing also save money. Such a rare opportunity exists in what would be, if approved, the most significant reform in the history of New Jersey’s juvenile justice system.Our state’s youth corrections system is seriously outdated and flawed in certain respects. The New Jersey Training School, the Juvenile Justice Commission’s largest youth prison, is one of the oldest, most antiquated youth corrections facilities in the nation.Built in 1867 to house thousands of young people, and comprising 68 buildings sprawled over 900 acres, the Training School is no longer effective or sustainable. Thanks to New Jersey’s success in reducing youth incarceration, the Training School presently averages just 144 residents. Incarcerating this small number of youth on an aging and largely empty campus is inefficient, impractical and wildly expensive.With an annual budget appropriation of $44.2 million, the cost to house a single resident at the Training … [Read more...] about PORRINO: Replace outdated youth prison with regional centers
Not only do black lives matter, but so do black votes.Look no further than Tuesday's special election in the crimson state of Alabama, where greater-than-expected African-American turnout buoyed Democrat Doug Jones to victory over Republican Roy Moore. Jones' defeat of the flawed Moore was both stunning and historic. Reasonable people can debate the takeaways from the election result, but an undeniable one is that Jones doesn't win without robust black turnout.Jones recognized it as he vociferously thanked the "African-American community" for helping to deliver the win. It reminded me of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley pouring out the love for African-American voters during his re-election victory speech this past November. Cranley also understood that without the stronger than predicted support from African-Americans in Roselawn, Evanston, North Avondale and Bond Hill, Yvette Simpson might very well be sitting in the mayor's chair.Both Democrats and … [Read more...] about Black votes matter
We all want a solid education for our children, one that sets the stage for a successful future as an adult. For students with disabilities, impediments to education can be a major hurdle to student achievement.The New York State Board of Regents understands this. Last year, as the entity responsible for general supervision for all educational activities in the state, the Board of Regents made it easier for some students with disabilities to graduate form high school. Students with individualized education plans were allowed to earn a diploma by passing two Regents exams (English and math) rather than five, and meeting several other requirements. And this week, the Board of Regents adopted new regulations that loosened high school graduation requirements for students with disabilities even more. The Board voted unanimously to allow high school students with disabilities to earn a diploma without being required to pass any Regent exams, provided … [Read more...] about Editorial: Don’t shortchange students with change in graduation requirements