Teacher pay lags behind overall K-12 funding increases. Over a billion dollars a year is now earmarked for teacher pay, but the boost hasn’t been as much as it should be.
Monthly Archives: October 2020
State high court invites more ballot summary litigation
In explaining why Prop. 208 got to stay on the ballot after its 2018 version was booted off, the court sought to clarify the rules for those drafting intiatives. Instead, it muddied the waters further.
The real history of education funding in Arizona
The state’s economy shouldn’t be put at risk with Prop. 208 and one of the country’s highest income tax rate to punish legislators for sins they didn’t really commit.
How to respond to rising COVID cases
There’s a wide range of policy options between lockdowns and herd immunity.
Restore competitive bidding for state trust lands
The problem with the disposition of state trust lands isn’t sweetheart deals or political influence. It’s an Urban Lands Act process that is biased against competitive bids.
Phoenix city politics need a wake-up call
The position of mayor has become increasingly inconsequential while the city drifts in an unhealthy direction.
To protect against wildfires, revive logging
A Goldwater Institute report praises Arizona’s collaborative consensus approach to forest management, but it’s not getting the job done.
Biden vs. Trump on COVID
Trump fits into the emerging consensus, by default rather than design. Biden’s plan is stuck in a time warp, where it’s still March, 2020.
Troubling details in the legal marijuana initiative
From forbidding the regulation of smoked weed potency to waving away consititutional spending limits, the details of Prop. 207 are concerning.
Little reward for Prop. 208’s big gamble
If Prop. 208 passes, Arizona K-12 education system won’t be noticeably different. Marginal gains aren’t worth the risk to Arizona’s economy.