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Medicaid director should champion patients

AHCCCS director Tom Betlach (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper has rejected arguments by Tom Betlach, director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System – Arizona’s Medicaid program – that he can effectively protect our state’s expanded Medicaid program by serving as sole defender in a lawsuit filed by the Goldwater Institute.

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Did lawmakers kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?

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Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs) bolster the economy, not just in Arizona, but across the nation. Premier career and technical education (CTE) programs improve high school student achievement, dramatically reduce drop-out rates, and create skilled workers who are prepared to fill almost half the jobs in this country that are middle-skill positions.

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Secretary Reagan misses the point

Robbie Sherwood

It looks like we touched a nerve. Recently the Arizona Advocacy Foundation led a coalition of non-partisan groups to produce an in-depth study of our state’s most recent election in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act.

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Higher academic standards = a stronger economy

Students in an algebra class at Osborn Middle School in central Phoenix work on a factoring problem in small groups on March 11. (Photo by Rachel Leingang/Arizona Capitol Times)

With the noise of HB2190 now in our rearview mirror, we can now focus on student achievement. High academic standards are here to stay in Arizona, at least for now, as Arizona lawmakers defeated yet another effort to prohibit the state from using the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS).

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