Bravo, Kate Gladstone.
Really interesting post - thanks for taking the time to provide the source information as well.
The cursive articles referred to here are press releases directly linked to legislation, known in some states as the "Back to Basics Bill." The cursive bill was created by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and it was handed to many of your AZ state legislators when they attended one of ALEC's posh annual 'education' meetings. The bill is literally ready-made - no constituent input needed! - and can be introduced with just a few changes to the heading (ALEC heading to NC, OH, AZ, etc. ).
WHY a cursive bill? That's the important question here. The press selling points are the exact same in every state where I've seen this come up ("Kids can't read the Declaration of Independence" is the #1 talking point, by the way). Again, it's not an organic movement - a national legislative group is driving the conversation and providing press materials.
The why in this story has nothing to do with founding documents or 'values': Back when this bill first made the rounds (2014), it was revealed that Zaner-Bloser pushed for the legislation to be included in the ALEC package. Who is Zaner-Bloser? The company that produces cursive handwriting workbooks...and, not coincidently, the same company who is benefiting from new, mandatory workbook sales to teach cursive in states like Alabama, etc. who pass the cursive law.
This is embarrassing for Tucson, and bad news (again) for Tucson kids.
I wish voters would dig in next time there is a school board election. Look at actual data - short and long term - and take a look at how other cities have turned school districts around. [Hint: Not this way.]
Voters who think that they're not impacted by this just because they don't have a kid in school should think again. Dogma-driven decisions and nasty local political in-fighting isn't the way to run anything. It doesn't inspire confidence in potential investors, the current business community, or parents who might want to move to the area.
Grandstanding and puffery isn't leadership.
If most of us committed fraud to the tune of $12,000, we'd be worried about a court date or pending arrest.
Arizona voters - why do you keep endorsing this behavior?
Josue Saldivar - I am sorry to read about your loss, and ours. The world needs more kindness these days. Blessings to Mr. Salvidar and to your family.
The two comments above illustrate
A) Why Arizona voters keep electing the same 'leadership'
B) Why said leadership barely bothers to cover up scandal and this kind of spin anymore
"Yeah, but...." is no way to engage in participatory democracy and promote good governance.
It would be refreshing to see fellow Arizona conservatives take a conservative, measured approach and actually start holding Republican state officials accountable for a change. It is possible to do that and still be mad at Obama/Democrats/whoever at the same time. Governor Ducey's email about JTED speaks volumes about how much he thinks his core constituents are paying attention.
I know it's easy and even enjoyable sometimes to hum along to the current popular ideology in the state. No taxes sounds awesome.
However. Wouldn't it be a good idea - some might call it a conservative approach - to actually pause to examine the costs we have incurred from the tax cuts so far? And shouldn't we be looking at other communities who have privatized services and enacted similar stark tax reductions to see how things turned out?
From a business perspective, I wouldn't just lay off half the staff one year because I thought payroll was too high and knew that I'd profit more in the short term. Things tend to go poorly when long-term consequences aren't considered.
While I understand the sentiment in the posts above, I would hope that the folks keening for more and more and more of the same dose of E-Z government slash & burn we have seen in the past decade will at least consider taking a time out to do a little research. And please do update me if you find an example where our current formula has worked in other places...because I have yet to find evidence that makes me optimistic.
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