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Don’t call us poor, we’re average!

Arizona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Hamer took exception to Douglas’ characterization of Arizona public schools as “poor” in her State of Education speech this week, calling it “disturbing” and “irresponsible.”

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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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Not all gov’t. expansion is created equal

In his first state of the state address, Ducey announced plans big and small to make Arizona the best place in America to work and to do business. The details of how he will achieve that goal will likely be included in his budget, which he will unveil this Friday.

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