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A losing strategy: Arizona is not an ice cream shop

Gov. Doug Ducey delivers his inaugural address Jan. 5 at  the state Capitol.  (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

We know that Arizona’s budget is facing a $1 billion shortfall and the state has been court-ordered to pay $317 million to schools. We also know that while other states are rebounding from the recession, Arizona’s employment rate and economic recovery continue to lag behind others.

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A civil liberties agenda for our new governor

With outgoing Gov. Jan Brewer at his side, Republican Doug Ducey gives his victory speech Nov. 4 to Republican party faithful.  (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

On election night, just after being named the winner of Arizona’s hotly contested race for governor, Doug Ducey promised to “make Arizona a place of opportunity for all.” He reiterated that promise during his Jan. 5 inaugural address, saying every Arizonan must be “given a fair chance and even a second chance, no one forgotten, no one written off.”

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Kindergarten: A mandate we must support

Kindergarten teacher reading to children in library

As school superintendents we would never propose eliminating fifth grade to save money. Yet such a far-fetched policy would hold much more water than short-changing those students representing the greatest return for our education dollar: kindergartners.

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The truth about PSPRS investment performance

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All too often, fiction and gossip move faster than truth and reason. As such, it is often stated by our detractors that our $8 billion portfolio is the state’s “worst-performing pension plan,” which gives the impression that our investment staff is incompetent and responsible for the trust’s sagging pension funding levels.

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