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Arizona can’t afford Duncan’s early-learning plan

Over the years, our legislators in Phoenix have worked to get our state’s total debt under control and curb unnecessary spending. So when Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Arizona last week to promote his early-learning initiative, it should give us all some pause to look more closely at the numbers behind the program.

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Upholding our Constitution, not special interests

Arizona has a rich history of sheltering its citizens from reckless tax increases. In 1992, voters passed Proposition 108, a constitutional guarantee to prevent abusive tax increases by requiring two-thirds of the Legislature to approve any new tax levies.

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Education savings accounts bring hope to adopted children

Three children, given up for dead at birth. Two girls and a boy, all of Native American descent. Even if they survived, one would suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome and the physical and mental challenges that this condition causes for the rest of her life, while the two others would struggle with cerebral palsy.

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Driving suicides to zero in central Arizona

As we observe National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8-14) and World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10), we have the opportunity to gain a better perspective on people struggling with thoughts of ending their lives and on those most at risk of doing so.

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Common Core standards are common sense

Common sense, common ground, common good and common standards — why is there such a ruckus about common standards? Common standards make sense — they are the ground level of achievement for good grades across all years of schooling. They will raise the bar and improve the educational experiences and academic achievement for the 1 million Arizona public school students

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