More For Education, Less For Dps

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Editor:

In response to the many Roundup articles addressing the lack of support for Payson schools and kids: I would hope this letter is like the commercial where the person says, “Everybody knows that.”

Parents and grandparents, as long as we keep electing politicians who don’t support education, our children will continue to suffer.

Arizona is 47th in the nation in supporting education. Surely you have seen Rep. Barton, Sen. Crandell and Gov. Brewer, along with the rest of the Arizona conservatives flout the law by taking money earmarked, BY LAW, for education and using it to enhance the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

More cops; less teachers ... Everybody knows that. When will we protect our children by buying books instead of SWAT teams and patrol cars?

Ted Paulk

Comments

don evans 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Well, if you watch the daily major news events, we need more cop's to protect us from the publicly educated children and their activities....

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Robbin Flowers 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Don, Publicly educated children and activities like the Boy Scouts? Seriously? List time I checked there were a few thousand publically educated children in this town. And as far as I can tell the teacher's are AWESOME! So, what exactly do you mean by that?

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Kyle Frewin 2 months ago

"Buy Books"?? Obviously you are not familiar with the latest PUSD trend. It's called "Beyond Textbooks". Prior to that PUSD paid for each kid to have TWO books...one for home and one for class. Why? They backpacks were getting too heaving. I think everyone supports kids and their education its the wasteful spending of PUSD that we are all tired of. 15 years of override and now Payson Schools are once again asking for more money through an extension of an override. Why would anyone ever vote in favor of another override for Payson Schools after witnessing time after time PUSD's wasteful and shameless use of tax payer's dollars? PHS, which was once rated as an "A" school by the AZ Dept of Ed., has dropped to a "C". While rated as an "A" school, Brenda Case was hired (at $88,000 a year) as Director of Student Achievement. Anna VanZile was not rehired as principal, but paid a principal's salary as an Achievement Coordinator to coach teachers. (to coach teachers?) Another $150,000+/- only to have scores drop and the PHS rating drop. In addition a new position of Assistant Principal was added. At the same time veteran teachers were forced to leave or "riffed" because of their "high salary" (Ha...less than half that of the administrators). So the philosophy was, get rid of veteran teachers, hire more administrators and watch the scores soar. Result...dropped from and "A" to a "C" and teachers are struggling with large classes and no support. Once again, PUSD wants us, the tax payers, to vote for an override? In previous overrides and bonds the funds have not always gone to the designated areas. Until PUSD can manage money more wisely, vote "NO" on the override or else be prepared to watch how they waste the money this time?

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