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5:20 AM Thu, Oct. 18th

Education: The only way to go is up!

Now that Arizona is dead last in per pupil spending, Governor Ducey is looking at alternate funding sources for the state educational system. I am sure it is embarrassing for state leaders to say the least. As they say, sometimes you have to hit bottom ...

How wonderful it would be if a re-awakening occurred that would streamline tax dollars directly to the classroom with the implementation of school vouchers.

The state could reduce the need to manage schools, allowing parents and students, not data numbers, to determine the best schools.

Great schools are not data driven, but rather use data as a guide to improvement and growth. When data becomes the priority, a school loses sight of the intrinsic reasons that influence student attendance. For instance, schools that want data to show a low number of discipline offenses will choose not to discipline students, compromising a safe learning environment. Districts who want very low failure rates and high graduation rates frequently end up lowering the rigor and standards that good educators want to uphold. Schools driven by test data tend to micro-manage their teaching staff, leading to less teacher-student bonding time and lower teacher retention and stability.

Engaged parents could greatly benefit by more school choice and less data driven government interference. We are at the bottom and the only way to go is up!