Vote for our children. As a former educator and new Arizona resident, I am appalled by the state of education here. When looking at a list of all the states’ per pupil spending on education, Arizona is 3rd from the bottom. Passing Proposition 123 was a step in the right direction, but we have to do more. Big businesses (Intel, Go Daddy) are looking at Arizona, and taking their potential jobs elsewhere—because good education is lacking here. They want educated workers. What does that say for our children’s futures, or our futures?
Vote for people who will restore the cuts to education, to bring it back to even 2008 levels. Both Sean Bowie and Mitzi Epstein have been involved in education. They know our schools need more help. Our state has a budget surplus and a rainy day fund. Let’s spend some of that money on all our futures. Let’s spend it on education. Our children depend on us. Let’s not fail them.
Kathleen Adamson lives in Phoenix.
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