Arizona is a blasted hellscape

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Re: Arizona is a blasted hellscape

Postby Thad » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:03 pm

I can't believe I'm saying this, but if this is what it's going to be like then I welcome seeing his scowling mug back on my TV.

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Re: Arizona is a blasted hellscape

Postby Thad » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:16 am

The Red for Ed movement has gotten big in Arizona, as in a lot of states. It's certainly looking like the gubernatorial election in November is going to be about education.

Ducey's likely Democratic challenger is David Garcia, an ASU professor who ran for School Superintendent in '14 and is making education the main issue in his campaign. The last poll I saw showed him in a statistical tie with Ducey, though as always keep in mind that the election is six months out (more than that when the poll was taken) and state polls are less reliable than national ones.

Ducey has offered teachers a 20% raise over the next two years. The math doesn't add up. He's not raising taxes, he's assuming unrealistically rosy revenues from current taxes, and he's not being specific on what budgets he's going to cut to make up the difference, though I've heard guesses that range from university budgets to school maintenance budgets to enforcing environmental standards. And speaking of maintenance, he's only offering a raise to the teachers; nothing for other school staffers.

The teachers aren't buying it. The union has voted for a walkout on Thursday.

Another unexpected development: former Secretary of State Ken Bennett has announced he's challenging Ducey in the Republican primary -- from the left. He says he's running because Ducey's not doing enough for education.

I don't think Bennett has any chance of beating Ducey in the primary, and I think he probably knows that. This feels to me like he's not running to win, he's running as a signal-boost for Red for Ed. He's one more prominent voice -- and a Republican voice, at that -- saying that Ducey is bad for education.

This is good for the teachers, and it's good for Garcia. There are any number of issues I disagree with Bennett on, but my hat's off to him on this one.

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