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The meaning of shrewd

Many have criticized Ducey for presuming in his first budget plan that the state does not have to pay schools inflation funding while promising a structurally balanced budget by FY17. But a longtime Capitol observer said the governor’s strategy is politically shrewd – and completely understandable.

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If only it’s that simple

A cursory look at the spending priorities of school districts and charters adds interesting context to the debate on Ducey’s Classrooms First Initiative, a proposal to put more money into the classrooms.

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Auditor: Education money doesn’t go into a black hole

When Ducey’s “Classrooms First Initiative” 11-member council starts “scrubbing” the funding formulas to find new ways to get more money into the classrooms, the first thing it will find is that Arizona’s percentage of total spending on building and campus operations, food service, counselors, nurses, librarians and other support services is way above the national average.

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School advocates: It could work

Rebecca Gau, executive director of the education advocacy group Stand for Children, said she believes Ducey’s proposal to open up unused school facilities could benefit both district and charter schools, though she said a lot will depend on the details.

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Bye Huppenthal, hello ethnic studies!

Douglas agrees with Huppenthal’s conclusion that Tucson Unified School District is violating a 2011 law prohibiting ethnic studies that promote the overthrow of the US government and resentment toward a race or class, but the new schools chief struck a far more conciliatory tone.

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