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- 1. Arizona K-12 School Finance Statistics: Why does Arizona Rank #49 in Per Pupil Spending?
You've heard that Arizona ranks 49 in per pupil K-12 spending. On its face, it sounds disgraceful. But that doesn't mean it's causal to education outcomes. It also doesn't mean that Arizona is stingy. There is much more to the story. The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA) has put together a 9-page document titled Arizona K-12 School Finance Statistics: Providing Context to a Complex Measurement, that provides factual information relating to the reasons and fallacies surrounding the commonly argued narrative that Arizona doesn't fund K-12 education adequately.
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- 2. Arizona K-12 School Finance Statistics: Why does Arizona Rank #48 in Per Pupil Spending?
You've heard the mantra, especially from newspaper editorials around Arizona, accusing the Legislature of "disgraceful, seemingly willful abandonment of our public schools." (See Payson Schools facing Tough Competition.) Arizona's news editors don't want you to know the "rest of the story," if it doesn't fit their Leftist world view. What are the facts?
The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA) has put together an 8-page document titled Arizona K-12 School Finance Statistics: Providing Context to a Complex Measurement, that provides factual information relating to the reasons and fallacies surrounding the commonly argued narrative that Arizona doesn't fund K-12 education adequately.
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- 3. ALERT: Contact AZ House to Say NO to SB1314
Please take action on the SB1314 'Student Data Privacy' Bill. As written, it is not a good Bill. Members of the Mommy Lobby are working with House Education Committee members to get an amendment to get our 3 concerns addressed.
Right now, we OPPOSE SB1314 as written.
HERE ARE THE 3 MAIN OBJECTIONS TO SB1314:Click here to read more
- 4. LaVoy Finicum - Part 1, by Senator Sylvia Allen
He was born in the back hills of Northern Arizona, hunting and riding horses with his father and siblings. Born within him was a love for God, family and freedom. "We need to put God first in our lives, strengthen our families, and fight to restore our freedoms." LaVoy Finicum
This is a two-part update on the death of rancher LaVoy Finicum at the hands of the FBI and Oregon State Police. Western ranchers had gone to Oregon in support of the Hammond family. Their peaceful protest was labeled by law enforcement and some elected officials as domestic terrorism. Federal statutes were used to prosecute western ranchers who were trying to bring national attention to the overreach of federal agencies in taking western ranchers' leases.
Part I: LaVoy FinicumClick here to read more
- 5. Defending Old Glory - AZ Sen. John Kavanagh Wants Stealing Flag To Be a Felony
Arizona Republican Senator John Kavanagh (LD23) will be introducing a bill during the upcoming Legislative Session that will make stealing the American flag a Class 6 felony. In the following Fox News interview, Sen. Kavanagh explains that currently, stealing the flag is only a misdemeanor theft, akin to stealing a pack of gum from a convenience store. When someone steals a flag from someone's yard, they aren't just stealing something that doesn't belong to them. Not only is the flag a venerated object, but also, when someone displays the American flag, they are exercising their Constitutionally-guaranteed First Amendment freedom of expression. They might be displaying the flag to express patriotism, mourning someone's death, or as a protest. This is an important right.Click here to read more
- 6. Stop the National Popular Vote Compact in Arizona
"Democracy" has a nice ring to it: One Person, One Vote. However, that's exactly what the Founders did not want: Majority (aka Mob) Rule. When Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A Republic, if you can keep it." Ours is a Constitutional Republic, but only if we, the people, care enough to participate in keeping it.
Our presidents are chosen through a combination of a popular vote and the Electoral College that represents the states. Each state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for Senators. This keeps a handful of the most populous states from dominating all the other states. For example, Donald Trump won the popular vote in Arizona. Thus, the Republican party's 11 Electors will vote for president. Had Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Arizona's 11 Democrat Electors would be voting for president. (In contrast, California has 55 Electors.) See below for two short videos: Do you Understand the Electoral College? and The Popular Vote vs the Electoral College.
Unfortunately, there is a movement across America that is gaining traction called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. It would distort the procedures of the Electoral College. It would usher in the very "democracy" that the Founders did not want. It is unconstitutional.Click here to read more
- 7. Jim O'Connor Announces Run for State Party Chairman of the AZGOP
I have tremendous respect for Jim O’Connor. In the following press release, you will read about Jim's role in renouncing the National Popular Vote. I was one of the people he patiently educated regarding its problems. Ultimately, a group of us were able to convince our Senator, Sylvia Allen, to back away from supporting it. Jim is true to the Republican platform and has provided leadership in other areas as well, including the passage of HB2088, which protects students against surveys that gather private, personally identifiable information. He advised his representative in LD23, Heather Carter, "Our 444 Precinct Committeemen are reflecting the opinions of the 70,000 registered republican votes in our district overwhelmingly protecting the rights of parents and children. Please represent these and other republicans who desire to restrain government overreach." She voted in favor on reconsideration. Mr. O'Connor has stood firmly in support of legislation that honors parental authority and rejects federal control of education in Arizona.
PRESS RELEASEClick here to read more
- 8. Gilbert Watch Primary Voting Recommendations: August 30, 2016
As you complete your Primary ballot, please consider the following candidates for offices all the way from United States Senate to Town Council. Time hasn't allowed for the vetting of every office throughout the state. The suggestions you see here are based on voting patterns, leadership, and commitment to constitutional, conservative ideals.Click here to read more
- 9. Jimmy Lindblom and LaCinda Lewis Endorsed by Pro Common Core, Anti-Parent "Stand for Children"
Stand for Children/Arizona has just endorsed Jimmy Lindblom, who is running for a Senate seat against Warren Petersen in LD12, and LaCinda Lewis, who is competing against Eddie Farnsworth and Travis Grantham in the House.
A review of Stand for Children/Arizona's website indicates that this group proudly supports the entire Common Core agenda, aka Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards, including AzMerit.
Stand is proud to have defeated a litany of anti-Common Core legislation, as well as other bills that parents have fought for, including the defeated SB1455. This bill would have acknowledged that parents know more than the State about what's best for their own children. These parents wanted to opt their children out of the unvalidated, secretive AzMerit. Stand would have none of it. See "Top Legislative Results."
Parents and their children suffered verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of school administrators, teachers, other parents, and other students for daring to opt out of AZMerit. Remember? See Sen. Allen calls for schools to respect parents over assessment concerns, The Schools' War On Arizona's Children: Part 1, The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 2 Online Charter Schools The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 3 Emotional Child Abuse.
Voters should be wary of groups that "sound" wonderful. Scratch the surface, and you discover how pro-Statist and anti-Family they truly are. Expect More Arizona is another such group. See Is Expect More Arizona in it for the Money?
- 10. Has YOUR Legislator been Endorsed by Pro Common Core, Anti-Parent "Stand for Children"?
Stand for Children/Arizona has just endorsed 26 candidates for the Arizona Legislature in the Primary Election on August 30. “Stand for Children Arizona does not take its endorsement process lightly. These candidates have been fully vetted to make sure they currently agree with, and will stay true to a majority of Stand’s policies and educational priorities that we believe will bring the quickest results."