by David Safier
“Arizona will be among the leading states in the nation in new dollars in this slow-growing economy that we’re adding to K-12 education.”Ducey was referring, of course, to the bump in education funding if his $325 million plan is approved. The problem is, no one knows how much other states will add next year or the years following, so he's just speculating. But the Republic adds at the end of the fact check, "Arizona’s proposed funding increase would likely be at or near the top." Ducey is not so much lying as turning a possibility into a fact.
"[Ducey] wants to get this money moving sooner, not later."Unbelievable. Gotta love these guys. Or, not.
"Charter schools in Arizona spend twice as much on administrative functions, by the dollar, as district public schools."The Republic agrees. "Morrill is correct that Arizona's charter schools spend roughly double what districts do for administration." But maybe Morrill is just jiggering with the numbers. After all, one of the selling points of charter schools is that they're supposed to be more efficient than school districts because they don't have all that bureaucracy and red tape. Let's see what Eileen Sigmund, president of the privately funded Arizona Charter Schools Association, had to say when the Republic asked her to defend charter schools against the charge. See if you can understand the point she's making, because it escapes me.
"Our charter schools are typically much smaller and more streamlined than our district brethren so ... a teacher may have assistant principal duties. There's a splitting of many hats," she said.Which means, what exactly? Since I know Sigmund is both smart and well spoken, I'm going to assume her non-answer grants Morrill another gold star for accuracy. That's five stars for you, Andrew. None for you, Doug.