Lot’s of us are very interested in making Arizona, and the Rim Country specifically, the best it can be. One thing that breaks my heart is that Arizona ranks 49 out of 50 states in education. Just about bottom in the U.S. as far as the amount of money spent on educating our children is beyond belief. Why? Because the people who run our state continually cut the amount of money spent on the education of our children.
One reason the state is short of teachers is because teachers can’t make a living on the pay they receive. Teachers are prevented from striking for higher wages and are forbidden to quit as it can break their contracts. Taxpayer money for education is diverted from public schools, bringing the amount per student even lower, and sent to private schools. I don’t have a problem with people sending their children to private schools, but I don’t believe my tax dollars should go to private schools.
The lack of tax dollars create lower graduation rates, lower test scores, and overall, the inability for new business to find employees suitable for modern industries.
I support both Col. (ret.) Felicia French and Mayor Coral Evans. They both agree that improving education in Arizona is critical for improving the Arizona and Rim Country economy.
Connie Cockrell, Payson