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Tying education funding to statehood

Tying education funding to statehood

Education funding and statehood. Why do I tie these two topics together? Because Arizona used to have plenty of money for education (as if $9,000 per child and $225,000 per a classroom of 25 wasn’t enough), but the federal government ...

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Animal care is more than a job — it’s our responsibility

Animal care is more than a job  — it’s our responsibility

My husband, children and I own and operate our 4th generation family ranch in northern Arizona. We take great pride in the well-being and quality care of our livestock. We follow best management practices consistent with the veterinarian-endorsed Beef Quality Assurance Program, including training and certification to provide the best care for our cattle. It is just the right thing to do. We have a responsibility to the consumer, to God, and to each other to be stewards of our animals and, therefore, work daily to keep them safe, healthy and secure.

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We must stay the course with Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards

We must stay the course with Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards

I’ve been implementing Arizona’s College and Career Ready standards for three years in my fifth grade classroom. But I’m going to let you in on a secret: it hasn’t changed my teaching very much. In fact, the standards finally caught up with what many good educators have been trying to do for a long time –move away from rote memorization and isolated skills and return to creativity and in-depth learning in the classroom.

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Christian principles: A pastor’s view in the aftermath of the SB1062 debate

Christian principles: A pastor’s view in the aftermath of the SB1062 debate

As an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church, I was very troubled by SB1062, the so-called “religious freedom bill,” and much of the rhetoric surrounding it. While many argued that this bill would have strengthened religious, particularly Christian “freedoms,” I believe it sought to do the exact opposite — it would have used religion as a license to discriminate against anyone of one’s choosing.

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