AZ higher education: As nearly free as possible?

April 22, 2014

MCCCD tuition has skyrocketed nearly 60 percent in 10 years

These are the words contained in Article 11 Section 6 of the Constitution of the state of Arizona: Section 6. Admission of students of both sexes to state educational institutions; tuition; common school system:

The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible. The legislature shall provide for a system of common schools by which a free school shall be established and maintained in every school district for at least six months in each year, which school shall be open to all pupils between the ages of six and twenty-one years.

Tennessee’s Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is actually putting this concept into action. His proposal to provide free community college to every high school graduate starting in fall 2015, passed the House of Representatives with an overwhelming endorsement of 87 – 8 votes this past week. The state Senate had previously passed the measure known as “The Tennessee Promise.”

The plan, funded by $300 million from the state’s lottery fund, will defray the estimated annual $34 million cost. The aim of the program is boosting college graduation rates to build a more educated and skilled workforce.

Locally, the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board will vote this evening on the second tuition increase in two years —- the seventh hike in 10 years. The latest proposal is an increase of $5 per credit, or 6 percent increase to $86 per credit next year. Last year, tuition increased in the system’s 10 colleges from $76 to $81 per credit.

But the district isn’t simply content with tuition increases. It is also proposing an increase in the county property tax for the second time in two years, to be voted on in May. If approved, the dual increases would generate an additional $25.6 million for the district. Since only about 28 percent of students who began in 2007 earned a degree or occupational certificate within six years, they might consider concentrating on doing a better job retaining and actually educating students.

For the first time in memory, the Arizona Board of Regents has recently offered undergraduate students attending U of A and NAU a guaranteed tuition rate for four years.  This rate does not include fees which could still escalate costs of attendance.

According to the daily, although ASU tuition for in-state, undergraduates won’t officially go up, the university will add a $150-per-student fee to fund athletics, bringing annual tuition and fees to $10,157 a year. ASU is not participating in the guaranteed tuition plan. Graduate and out-of-state students will face higher increases at ASU. Graduate students at the school will pay 4.3 percent more, an increase to $11,283 a year, in tuition and fees.

Last March we wrote ASU’s Crow backs lower tuition for illegals — again. If you’re interested in how the astronomically paid ASU President Michael Crow dismisses Arizona students, who are being squeezed to benefit foreign nationals here illegally, it’s worth reading. 


Indiana becomes first state to reject Common Core

March 26, 2014

Other states seek repeal as anti-Fed Ed movement takes hold

Less than four years after Indiana became an early adopter of the national Common Core education standards, Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation Monday making Indiana the first state to opt out of the controversial school guidelines, according to this report in the Indianapolis Star.

Republican Sen. Scott Schneider, the bill’s author said, “This voids Common Core, and we are starting the process of writing new standards. Eternal vigilance of parents is still needed, and I encourage you to do so.”

SB 91 is a strong statement that we are moving forward, moving away from Common Core, protecting Indiana sovereignty and student data,” said Schneider.

Even liberal New York has lost confidence in the scheme.

Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Kentucky —- the first state to adopt Common Core before the “standards” were even publicly released —- all have measures moving through their state legislators to at least halt, if not completely abolish the so-called standards.

But in Arizona the deception continues, as John Huppenthal, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has changed the highly charged name of his Obama-influenced vision for Arizona classrooms from “Common Core” to “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards” —- in the mistaken belief we won’t notice.

Fortunately, we have a choice. Diane Douglas is the undisputed conservative running for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Check out the key words across the top of her website. They’re sure to brighten your day.


Crazed porn prof attacks teen pro-life activist

March 22, 2014

University of California at Santa Barbara Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young, is facing criminal charges after a videotaped confrontation with a teenage pro-life demonstrator in which she snatched an anti-abortion sign, harassed and tussled with the 16-year-old girl. 

Miller-Young, whose faculty web page says she specializes in black cultural studies, pornography and sex work, claims she was “traumatized by the graphic imagery.”

Thrin Short, her older sister Joan, 21, and other young pro-life supporters are members of the Christian pro-life group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. They were holding signs and demonstrating in a free speech zone on the campus earlier this month when Miller-Young went berserk.

The professor was charged with one misdemeanor count each of theft, battery and vandalism in the March 4 incident, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced Friday. Read the police report courtesy of the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper.

This video of the assault and theft was made by the young victim.

The newspaper also has the full report, including a comment from the wordsmith lawyer representing Miller-Young, who called the pro-life supporters, “anti-choice.”


Fla. loss signals future Dem defeats, worries McCain

March 13, 2014

McCain’s, Clinton’s, Jimmy Kimmel appear at ASU in attempt to soothe AZ Dem anxiety

The increasingly fanatical leftwing Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) gives an imitation of flexing its editorial muscle —- renown as decidedly flaccid —- as it goes about dispensing advice to Republicans. This is not the first time the dying newspaper has disingenuously offered the GOP its wisdom.

Feigning concern, Wednesday’s edition uses its sole editorial to instruct Republicans on the fine art of winning elections. It would be laughable if not so bizarre since all major state and Maricopa County offices and majorities in the Arizona House and Senate are held by Republicans. According to the guidance being doled out, the GOP should “solve the immigration crisis.“ (Read give the gift of amnesty to our invaders.) Second, we should “make peace with gay Americans.” (Read support same sex-marriage, though the “war” is a contrivance.) Finally we are advised by our dedicated mentor to “compete for young voters.” In the same breath, we are told that these voters “are liberal on social issues and lean more Democrat than Republican.”

What a shame the liberals missed the packed Maricopa County GOP Lincoln Day luncheon last Saturday and the impressive young people in attendanceJarrod Ogden received a standing ovation for his moving speech.

The newspaper’s dispensing of vacuous advice is nothing more than a smokescreen to cover liberal angst over Tuesday’s special election in Florida. The stunning defeat of Democrat Alex Sink by David Jolly, a lesser known Republican  —- who won despite being vastly outspent —- has produced Democrat shockwaves. Though this was a safe district for Obama in both previous presidential elections, disgust with Obamacare and global warming alarmism didn’t carry the day.  In fact the issues sunk the Democrat ship.

Long-range implications are massive for the Democrats.  Tampa’s special CD 13 election offers a vision of what the future holds in the coming mid-terms.

Bill Clinton even waded into the Florida mix, recording this campaign auto dialer for Alex Sink. The former president’s unmistakable Arkansas twang provided no lift to her sinking campaign.

Now it’s being reported that Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are hosting a three-day conference of the Clinton Global Initiative University at ASU next week. They will be joined by Hillary’s close friend John McCain who has already signaled his 2016 support for her, his wife Cindy; Democrat former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her husband Mark Kelly and comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

Kimmel isn’t actually needed to dispense comic relief. The McCain’s and Clinton’s should handle that very well. One of the topics on their agenda is climate change. It was a sure-fire winner in Florida.


Union protects heroin-using K-6 grade school teacher

March 9, 2014

As expected, parents were outraged when they learned that an elementary school teacher had been shooting up heroin while on the job — not once, but twice. Though drug paraphernalia was found in the faculty rest room at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in Fallsburg, N.Y, the teacher’s union representing the addict is hard at work preventing efforts to reveal his identity. The school’s young students are kindergarteners through sixth graders.

When police narrowed the list of those entering the lounge area by use of surveillance videos, the teachers union refused to allow them to be drug tested. Of the eight the police were investigating, only one non-union employee agreed to submit to testing.

School administrators are also in collusion shielding this criminal. A letter informing parents of the incident disclosed only that an “employee of the District found drugs and related paraphernalia in a school rest room.” It failed to mention that the drug was heroin, that it was found more than once and that it was discovered in the faculty-only area. The intentionally deceptive letter is not posted. However, there is a letter to parents regarding snow days — in both Spanish and English.

Along with Principal Mary Kate Stinehour’s message outlining the “fundamentals,” for students, is this timely edict including tips for parental involvement, which she calls the key to increased student achievement. “It is vital for our parents to be involved in monitoring their child’s progress.” The School Rules begin with “Respect yourself and others” and “Think before you act.”  But they pertain to students, not union teachers.

When parents demand information about drug addicts who are interacting with their children each day, they are stonewalled. This travesty occurred in New York, but it could have been anywhere. The National Education Union (NEA), the largest labor union in the United States, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are committed to implementing Obama’s Common Core and are staunch opponents of parental school choice through the use of vouchers. In 2013 the NEA spent $2,475,284 on lobbying efforts alone. The Center for Responsive Politics reveals the group’s expenditures were overwhelmingly made in support of Democrats. Worthy of note, the NEA also lobbies on behalf of “immigration.

Watch Fox News coverage of the heroin using teacher and the union cover-up in New York.

 


Common Core gets hammered in AZ Senate

February 21, 2014

Sen. Al Melvin (R-LD11) is the primary sponsor of SB1310a bill which prohibits the State Board of Education from applying the rotten to the core Common Core Standards in Arizona.

Thursday the Arizona Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 to bar the state from implementing the Obama education standards which have been championed by John Huppenthal, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction —  with enthusiastic approval from Gov. Jan Brewer.

As the federal overreaches contained in the Common Core curriculum have gained more exposure, parents have balked to the point that Huppenthal and Brewer have attempted to dupe the public by slickly changing the name “Common Coreto “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.” Her press release deceptively rechristening the federal overreach can be read here. The duo is disgracefully pushing policies intended to cede control of every facet of our education system to federal bureaucrats and undermine local control.

Huppenthal’s transformation is confounding. Though he previously claimed conservative credentials as a candidate, he is now cozying up to Obama’s education point man Arne Duncan as the duo made the rounds of the state. Huppenthal warmly welcomed Duncan and his cohorts from the U.S. Department of Education and accompanied them on stops criss-crossing Arizona, from Window Rock to Bisbee, Phoenix, Marana, Tucson, Chandler, Glendale, and Yuma.

We are being deceived at every turn. In the end, five Republican Senators shamefully broke ranks and voted with Democrats to defeat the bill: John McComish, Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan and Bob Worsley, deceived their constituents —- who had every right to expect more than such traitorous actions.  Reagan is now running as a Republican for Secretary of State.

Al Melvin, a conservative from north Tucson, is running for governor. Check out his Issues page.

Conservative Diane Douglas is mounting a challenge to Huppenthal. We have a choiceThe status quo is not acceptable.

 


University text demonizes Reagan, Conservatives

February 19, 2014

Leftist propaganda campaign indoctrinates students

Although President Ronald Reagan appointed the first woman to the U.S. Supreme Court and the first female ambassador to the United Nations, students at the University of South Carolina are being given a much different perspective of the two-term iconic president.

Overpriced at $179, the textbook, Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives accuses Ronald Reagan of being a sexist who was insensitive to women and minorities. Interestingly, the book describes conservatives in general, and Reagan in particular, as taking “a pessimistic view of human nature,” though Reagan was known for his optimism. In the skewed book, liberals are described as the optimists.

Among other foolish claims, the book says Reagan ascribed to women ‘primarily domestic functions’ and failed to appoint many women to significant positions. Besides Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, he appointed over 1400 women to policy-making positions including Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole, Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler and Secretary of Labor Ann Dore McLaughlin.

The author, Karen Kirst-Ashman, also accuses Reagan of discounting the “importance of racism and discrimination.” She asserts conservatives are opposed to change; have a pessimistic view of human nature; and believe in only “minimal assistance to the needy because the needy can help themselves.”

Liberals, on the other hand, are portrayed as having a positive view of change, a much more upbeat view of human nature; and a fundamental belief government serves to protect people from racism, sexism, other forms of discrimination and poverty.

The textbook attacks wealth, arguing that those who have achieved success “find that having a social class of poor people is useful.” In fact, Reagan, who personally understood the promise of the American Dream, firmly believed helping the unproductive become productive benefited us all.  He opposed over-arching government and implemented four specific economic policy components that became known as Reaganomics:

1. Tax cuts to restore incentives for economic growth.

2. Spending reductions, including a $31 billion cut in 1981.

3. Anti-inflation monetary policy emphasizing the strength of the dollar.

4. Deregulation, cutting red tape, and reducing bureaucracy — which saved consumers an estimated $100 billion per year in lower prices.

But the left is obviously dedicated to destroying Reagan’s legacy, conservatism and the economic principles that led to a period of unprecedented economic growth in the United States. The educrats are propagandizing and indoctrinating our youth to believe in the agenda  (shocking linked videorather than truth — as American parents foot the bill for the brainwashing of their own children.


Huppenthal urging parents to remove kids from Common Core?

February 12, 2014

After receiving negative responses from Arizona parents concerned about Obama’s Common Core “standards” infiltrating their children’s schools and indoctrinating their young minds, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has responded.  In fact, the Republican who actually escorted Obama’s radical Education Czar Arne Duncan around the state, is now busying himself with auto-dialers, sending this confusing audio to parents. The 30-second messages in Huppenthal’s voice opens with these words:

This is John Huppenthal, Arizona Superintendent of Public instruction….and I have great news for you!

I want you to know about a state program that provides money for parents to offer alternate education choices for their children, including….private school.  That’s right, you may be able to send your child to private schools for free!

Huckstering Superintendent Huppenthal, a public education insider now on the campaign trail seeking reelection, obviously knows what countless parents suspect. Why else would he angle to deceive them with a swift name change for this radical curriculum? In an instant, colluding with Gov. Jan Brewer to pull off the sleight-of-hand scam, “Common Core” magically morphed into “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.”

Nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, a concerned mother and outstanding conservative thinker, devoted this past year to exposing the educational disaster and federal data-mining that is Common Core. Acquaint yourself with her treasure trove of informativeRotten to the Core” articles.

As he campaigns and is met with voices raised in opposition, flim-flamming Public Schools chief Huppenthal realizes the consequences of this fed-ed scheme and has begun pushing private education.  

Solid conservative Diane Douglas offers a first-class alternative. Arizona’s children deserve much better than what they are being offered by the vacillating and deceptive antics of John Huppenthal


God triumphs in Gilbert & Update

February 10, 2014

Given the fact that prayer has fallen out of favor in GOP Legislative District 28, this recent East Valley Tribune column — “21st century war on God loses battle in Gilbert — by Linda Turley-Hansen holds particular relevance.

Anita Christy of the first-rate Gilbert Watch, attended the Gilbert Public School Governing Board meeting and superbly describes the outcome of the debate regarding the exclusion of an opening prayer at the board meetings, as well as its controversial replacement by the politically correct “moment of silence.”

But Gilbert citizens frustrated with the lack of an invocation asking blessings on the public meetings have prevailed. The board has finally returned the prayer.

God bless them — and their tenacity.

Update-tag

God is on a roll!

We are happy to announce that prayer has also returned to Republican Legislative District 28. 

District Chairman Scott O’Connor, allowed the meeting to begin with an invocation Tuesday evening, February 11, 2014. This memory refresher from December 2013 provides the background


American educrats teach diversity trumps unity

February 4, 2014

The concept of America as a “melting pot,” where people of many ethnicities came together as citizens to joyfully celebrate the uniqueness of being proud, assimilated Americans, embracing our remarkable history as their own — is regrettably out of style.  Today, to the detriment of this country, multiculturalism and diversity take center stage.

To a large extent, the far-left education establishment has aided in this destructive trend, teaching relativism, and instilling the idea that no culture is superior to any other when comparing systems of morality, law or politics. The theoretical concept that all cultural beliefs are equally valid and that truth itself is relative, goes hand-in-hand with the implementation of Common Core Standards, which are alive and well and being implemented by the administrators at Fort Collins High School in Colorado.

When the student council at Fort Collins High proposed a day to celebrate the United States during next week’s Winter Spirit Week the students opted for “’Merica Monday“ —- and requested their classmates dress in patriotic colors. Their proposal was promptly dismissed by administrators who deemed “’Merica Day” celebrations offensive to the school’s “international” students.

The Coloradoan newspaper reports that students suggested a compromise in “My Country Monday,” which would allow students to celebrate any country they chose. School administrators originally turned that option down, also, but on Monday agreed it was okay since Principal Mark Eversole ultimately told students he thought it was a good way for students to show pride in their country of origin.

One senior said she thought the school’s decision was hypocritical, given that students celebrate the Mexican cultural holiday of Cinco de Mayo. She also believed prohibition of “’Merica Monday” was an affront to students and their family members who have served in the Armed Forces.

According to this analysis in US News & World Report, Fort Collins High has 30% minority enrollment and over a quarter of the student body are considered to be “economically disadvantaged.”

More to the point, they are “educationally disadvantaged” with this type of contemptible instruction.

Todd Starnes, writing for Fox News, has written an excellent commentary on this topic.


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