I have a thought experiment for those who care about public education, the Tucson community and our children.
There is a certain, though seemingly odd, connection between two propositions seen on this year's general election ballot. Proposition 204 seeks a formal a dedicated funding source for public education and other forms of infrastructure, while Proposition 121 seeks nonpartisan elections manda…
Tucson sits within a perfect storm due to its outdated and
philosophically corrupt election system.
What does the Arizona Legislature have against Arizonans?
At the end of every school year, I teach a set of lessons
dealing with human impact on the planet. With this, we conduct a
data-gathering exercise that entails students taking all the stuff
that they're walking around with and tallying it as if they were
buying it all new.
In the wake of the Civil War, a subtle change came in the
language we use to define our identity. Prior to the Civil War, we
used the phrasing "The United States are," whereas we have used
"The United States is" since the cessation of open hostilities in
Next week education professionals will return to your public
schools to prepare for the coming school year. We are generally a
happy lot and feel honored to be an integral part of this important
segment of Arizona's infrastructure.
I attended a meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee at
the state Capitol. I'm not well-versed in the nuances of the
capital culture, but I found some disturbing trends in the debate
over House Bill 2073, which would repeal of the state equalization
In December 2006, the Tucson City Council answered an aggressive
crowd in council chambers with a proposal to form a "Citizen's Task
Force" on the Tucson election system. The vote in favor was
unanimous. The lack of action was resounding.
I'm writing to ask for a donation to my classroom so that we may
help create an enhanced student population.
Tucson's elected city government is not based on majority rule.
City elections, along with those in much of the rest of the state,
are based on a plurality system. That means that the candidate with
the most votes wins.