General Education’s General Costs

Education in Arizona is expensive. Pundits will tell you that we don’t spend enough or that we spend way too much. The problem is… we never actually see any facts and figures to help us decide. So what are some of the facts. Public Education is a major industry in Arizona as it is in . . . → Read More: General Education’s General Costs

Is the Gilbert Education Association gone?

“Union” is a word that most GEA leadership prefers to avoid, and it appears to be a concept that GPS school board member Daryl Colvin along with board President Staci Burk and board Clerk Julie Smith feel GPS are better off without.

In a 3-2 vote on a substitute motion (board members Lily Tram and . . . → Read More: Is the Gilbert Education Association gone?

I’ll Defend to the Death Your Rights… Even for the Mentally Ill????

Civil Liberties… rights… freedom… what is it? Can it be measured? How is freedom quantified?

Have you ever heard or even caught yourself saying, “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it?” Most of us have heard this or something very similar. And . . . → Read More: I’ll Defend to the Death Your Rights… Even for the Mentally Ill????

Common Core Standards Remove Literature for Government Documents

Common Core Standards as dictated by the Federal Government are going to change a great many things with regard to curriculum in our schools. They are having a much greater impact than was originally anticipated and as with anything else Federally focused, local control is all but non-existent. See how “Common Core” is impacting the . . . → Read More: Common Core Standards Remove Literature for Government Documents

Higley Public Schools Added

Those who frequent this website will recognize that some changes have been made recently. As this website originally focused on Gilbert Unified School District, a recent decision was made to broaden the scope of this site to include that of all public schools in the Town of Gilbert and thus fulfill the area that the . . . → Read More: Higley Public Schools Added

Congrats to all – Post Election Results

The tally is in, most of you already know the score. It’s been interesting to see some of the feedback and comments from various groups. I know I was watching the election results come in like most of you and observed that there seemed to be much greater energy about who had won the local . . . → Read More: Congrats to all – Post Election Results

GPS Override – Some Facts to Consider

Mr. Blake Sacha ran for Gilbert School Board in 2010 and was defeated by current board member Staci Burk and former board member Shane Stapley who resigned his position after moving out of the district in March of 2012. Mr. Sacha was appointed to fill the vacancy by County Superintendent, Mr. Don Covey based on . . . → Read More: GPS Override – Some Facts to Consider

GPS School Board Candidate – Would Abuse School Funds if elected

Jill Humphrey's unfriendly to school choice and taxpayers

GPS School Board Candidate Jill Humphreys who is endorsed by GPS School Board President, EJ Anderson has some interesting opinions about funding education. In a recent survey conducted by The Center for Arizona Policy and received in September of 2012, Mrs. Humphreys answered three questions pertaining to funding that I find somewhat disturbing considering the . . . → Read More: GPS School Board Candidate – Would Abuse School Funds if elected

Prop204 Monies Will Not Reach Classroom – AZ State Treasurer Says

In a press release via email, AZ State Treasurer Doug Ducey makes he following statement:

Dear Friends,

Proposition 204 will NOT help teachers or students, but will instead continue to reward an education system that has increasingly spent less and less money in the classroom. Dr. Craig Barrett, the former CEO . . . → Read More: Prop204 Monies Will Not Reach Classroom – AZ State Treasurer Says

What if the Override Continuation Doesn’t Pass? Will the Sky Fall?

The Gilbert School District has cash on hand from year to year maintained as rainy day funds. At the end of the past several years the district reports a cash balance on hand of approximately 52M on average. Currently there is approximately 11M in unrestricted fund balances available for use and transfer into the maintenence . . . → Read More: What if the Override Continuation Doesn’t Pass? Will the Sky Fall?