The Arizona Daily Star ( to which we often refer as the â€œRed Starâ€) has filed another story about how Arizona spends less than any other state on â€œeducation.â€ By â€œeducationâ€, of course, the author means government schools. I wonâ€™t bother with a link. Itâ€™s an old story that gets republished periodically, usually when state budget negotiations are pending.
Actually, to be fair, the article claims weâ€™re 49th based on 2004 data. Which is interesting because, based on the same data, Pennsylvania, Utah, Tennessee, Illinois, Florida, Louisiana, and Idaho also lay claim to position number 49. I suppose itâ€™s harder to shame people when youâ€™re only 37 or 41 or something â€“ 49 sounds like youâ€™re about to fall out the bottom. What I donâ€™t understand is, if youâ€™re going to beâ€¦letâ€™s just say â€œinaccurateâ€, why not claim 50th? Isnâ€™t that worse? Whatâ€™s the magic with â€œ49â€?
Iâ€™m willing to bet that every state is woefully below the national average as well.
Speaking of the budget, Governor Napolitano (to whom Jim Nintzel of the Weekly refers as â€œThe Napsterâ€) has joined the rest of the leftists in pushing for all day kindergarten. This news can be found in the same papers that are running articles about inadequate funding of government schools. These guys need to coordinate a little better. They need to back off of the poor-mouth claims for a while before they advocate for any sort of expansion.
I have an idea. Why donâ€™t we take a pass on the all day child careâ€¦umâ€¦kindergarten, and spend the money teaching kids stuff. In light of the fact that seventy five per cent of fourth graders in Arizona fail basic skills tests in reading and math, and many elementary school children cannot speak English, it seems like a better place to direct resources. ?Queâ€™ no?
Speaking of speaking English, the Napster let the Republican plan for teaching English to non-English speaking students in the government schools slide into law without her signature. This should prove that sheâ€™s not just a political hack, but the powerful, fearless, dynamic Uber-Gov that the main stream media (MSM) has claimed she was all along. (insert smiley face here).