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Prop. 204 is a flawed product, bad public policy

Education has always been a major part of my life. My father, Dr. George N. Smith, was a highly respected teacher and school superintendent here in Arizona for over 35 years. As the superintendent of one of the largest school districts, my father lived education – at the dinner table, at church, even at the grocery store. During his tenure, Mesa’s schools were considered to be among the finest in the nation.

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School officials: Major cuts coming if Prop 204 fails

Kathy Knecht, a member of the Peoria Unified School District board, describes cuts her district endured during the economic downturn and what could happen if Proposition 204, the one-cent initiative, fails this November. (Photo by Luige del Puerto/Arizona Capitol Times.)

Supporters of the initiative to make permanent a temporary one-cent sales tax increase claimed today that its failure at the ballot in November would have dire repercussions, including the closure of schools, teacher layoffs and increases in class sizes. They also pushed back against opponents’ assertion that revenues from the tax won’t reach the classroom.

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