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- 1. Diane Douglas Underwater; Frank Riggs Swimming to the Top
According to a recent Capitol Times Yellow Sheet Report titled “Underwater is a Bad Place to Be,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is going to have an uphill battle to get reelected.
A recent poll by GOP consultant Chris Baker shows incumbent Douglas with ratings of 15 percent favorability and a whopping 47 percent unfavorability. Another 38 percent had no opinion. “I think Diane Douglas has probably reached the point of no return,” Baker told the Capitol Times reporter.
As stated in the article, “the poll surveyed 500 self-described likely voters (all of whom have voted in at least one of the last two general elections) from June 14-15, with a partisan breakdown of 35 percent Republicans, 31 percent Democrats and 33 percent independents. Of those 500 voters, 70 percent were contacted on landlines via autodial, while 30 percent were interviewed by live callers on their cell phones. The poll had a margin of error of plus-minus 4.9 percent.”
This is what happens when a novice takes office with no business or executive experience.
Arizona needs a strong, tested and proven Superintendent with the right combination of executive experience, managerial skills, knowledge of education policies and practices, integrity, and judgment to lead our state's K-12 schools! That person is Frank Riggs.Click here to read more
- 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.
SummaryClick here to read more
- 3. Assistant Principal to Peaceful Protesters: "They Aren't Children! They're Cells! You are at a science-based school!”
In late April 2017, 16-year old Connor Haines and his sister Lauren, 19, were peacefully protesting against the holocaust of abortion, and sharing the gospel. They were legally on a public sidewalk outside of STEM Academy, Downingtown, Pennsylvania. They held signs and were calling out to students and others who were leaving the school in their vehicles.
After a few minutes, Assistant Principal Zachary Ruff approaches and tells them to get off the public sidewalk. Connor says they are there legally. Ruff again orders them to leave. Connor suggests he call the police. Connor explains they are protesting the holocaust (abortion) happening in America. Ruff tells him to leave. It becomes clear that Connor won't back down.
In less than a minute from initially ordering Connor and Lauren to leave, Ruff tells Connor to "Go to H**L, where THEY are!" (Who's "they"?) Aborted babies.
It gets worse.Click here to read more
- 4. Not in Our Schools: Stop the Planned Parenthood Invasion
Ms. Peggy McClain has been investigating and reporting on the hyper-sexualization of Arizona's school children for several years. She has worked very hard to open the eyes of parents who find it hard to believe that their child's school could possibly be a physically and emotionally dangerous place. Some parents sense that something is wrong, but their common sense is overridden by the assurances of the "experts," especially because they are so nice about it. Until, that is, the parent continues to express their concerns. Ms. McClain helps parents refuse to be manipulated and take charge of their children's education. See Delphi Technique - Anyone Who Wants to be Involved in Their Child's Education Should Understand This.
Ultimately, young women who have had an abortion know that they have ended the life of their own child. It is an agonizing fact they must live with for the rest of their lives, no matter how much Planned Parenthood and other abortionists try to dehumanize that child, even to the point of outright lying. See Abortion Facility Misleads Women, Showing Them Deceiving Depictions of Fetal Development .
Today's young people need to know that one-third of their generation has been wiped out by abortion.
Even the schools in Arizona are trying to "normalize" promiscuity, sexual experimentation, and abortion. If your common sense tells you that this is wrong, you are right. No matter which school your child is attending, I urge you to review Ms. McClain's blog, Not In Our Schools, which is updated frequently. You can also sign up to receive newsletters, and follow the blog on Twitter. Recent articles include:Click here to read more
- 6. Charity Donation Ideas - 2016
As 2016 draws to a close, you have likely received many requests for donations. There are many worthy charities and organizations, including your local church! Gilbert Watch has some favorites for your consideration.Click here to read more
- 7. The Reality of Dishonesty
by Ms. Julie Smith, a member of the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board elected in November of 2012. Artwork by Miss Natalie Smith, an eighth grade student at Gilbert Classical Academy, a Gilbert Public School.Click here to read more
- 8. Rep. Bob Thorpe's Letter Regarding Transgender Bathrooms
Recently, Gilbert Watch published Arizona Joins Texas in Lawsuit to Stop Federal Overreach. Arizona joined this lawsuit following a letter from Arizona lawmaker Representative Bob Thorpe (R-LD6). Rep. Thorpe has provided the letter to Gilbert Watch, as well as the data for how the State, Local and Federal education funds break down for 2014-2015.
Dear Arizona Superintendent of Schools Diane Douglas and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich:
Legislators have been receiving numerous complaints from constituents who are very concerned with the threatening tone of the May 13, 2016 letter from U.S. Attorney General Lynch and U.S. Department of Education Secretary King.
The letter coerces our nation’s K-12 public schools and colleges to ensure that transgender students must be allowed to use the gender designated restrooms, changing rooms and locker facilities of their choosing, not necessarily that of their biological gender. It has been estimated that approximately 0.3% of U.S. individuals identify themselves as transgender.Click here to read more
- 9. Arizona Joins Texas in Lawsuit to Stop Federal Overreach
In response to a letter from Arizona lawmaker Representative Bob Thorpe (R-LD6), Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas announced that Arizona will Join Texas in a Lawsuit to Stop Federal Overreach. Co-signers of Rep. Thorpe's letter included Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-LD6), and Representatives Brenda Barton (R-LD6), Paul Boyer (R-L20), Karen Fann (R-LD1), Mark Finchem (R-LD11), Anthony Kern (R-LD20), and Vince Leach (R-LD11). (Please express your thanks to Bob Thorpe and the other legislators who signed his letter, as well as Mark Brnovich and Diane Douglas. See email addresses below.)
The COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF concerns the May 13, 2016 "Joint Guidance" issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education relating to requiring public schools that receive federal funding to allow transgender students to use whatever restroom or locker room they wish, based on how they identify their gender.
The threat to withdraw federal funding from any school that doesn't comply is very clear in this sentence: "Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student's sex, including a student's transgener status."Click here to read more
- 10. U.S. Department of Education's Major Accomplishment: Staggering Illiteracy
Zero Hedge recently published an article titled Department of Education - Our Work Here is Done. A few items from that article include:
The Department of Education was created in 1979 and now has an annual budget of $73 billion, with 5,000 government bureaucrats roaming its hallways. See U.S. Department of Education Budget Fact Sheet.
After 37 years and trillions of dollars "invested" in our children, here is a short list of some "achievements": 1) There are six million students in the California school system, and 25% of those students are unable to perform basic reading skills. 2) 50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level. 3) 45 million adults are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level. 4) 3 out of 4 people on welfare can't read. 5) 20% of Americans read below the level needed to earn a living wage. 6) School dropouts cost our nation $240 billion in social service expenditures and lost tax revenues. 7) 3 out of 5 people in American prisons can't read. 8) Approximately 50% of Americans read so poorly that they are unable to perform simple tasks such as reading prescription drug labels.Click here to read more