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School choice just fantasy for special needs families

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If school choice proponents truly care about kids, they will mandate that charter schools and private schools taking ESA funding accept students with special needs and follow recommended educational plans in accordance with federal law. Then maybe families like mine can get a little closer to having a choice.

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Don’t rob Paulette to pay Paulette – workers need paid leave, not loans

Workers in Arizona can get unpaid leave for the birth of a child - the minimum under the fedreal Family and Medical Leave Act, a shortcoming the led to the state’s failing grade in a national report. (Photo by Kat Grigg/Creative Commons)

Everyone will need paid leave at some point in their lives, whether to heal from injury or to care for a loved one. No one should keep you from a spouse battling cancer or a new baby needing attention or a parent nearing their final days. So how is it that one of the richest nations on the planet hasn’t found a way to guarantee we can all be good parents to our children and good caregivers for our parents without risking our jobs or our pay?

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Cities have tools to address bad actors in home sharing

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Arizona’s Home-Sharing Act is a sensible law that says cities should use their existing powers to crack down on bad actors, rather than stripping innocent homeowners of their rights. Eliminating it would make it harder for Arizonans to pay their bills, increase neighborhood conflict, reduce property values, and hinder the state’s economy. And it’s all unnecessary. Cities already have the tools they need to address nuisances. They just need to use them.

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Criminal justice reform should set up ex-prisoners to succeed

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About 95 percent of prison inmates will eventually be released from custody and will return to our communities. They could be the person standing next to you at the grocery store or your neighbor across the street. While always keeping public safety first in mind, we should all agree that more should be done to set them up to succeed after incarceration. That must be the goal of any criminal justice reform.

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