Archive for October 2011

Correcting a misquote

Oct 23rd, 2011 | By

In today’s Arizona Republic, I was quoted as saying, “We need to take a lash to politicians who say they favor comprehensive reform but do nothing.” The quote should have said, “We need to take TO TASK politicians who say they favor comprehensive reform but do nothing.” I was speaking about holding politicians accountable. I would

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Occupy Wall Street must move beyond parks

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
Occupy Wall Street must move beyond parks

I’ve been hesitant to comment on the Occupy Wall Street movement, mainly because I haven’t quite figured out how I feel about it. It’s provocative. It’s inspiring. It’s annoying. It’s many things wrapped up in one and nothing in particular. On the one hand, I feel I understand and can relate to the underlying message

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Making Cents of School Unification and Consolidation

Oct 12th, 2011 | By
Making Cents of School Unification and Consolidation

There’s a lot of talk these days about school reform. President Obama has addressed it in his Race to the Top initiative, challenging states to find creative ways to turn around failing schools and advance top-notch teachers. Hollywood has addressed it in the highly acclaimed documentary, Waiting for Superman, by portraying the struggles of ordinary

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Moderate Republicans, it’s time to take back your party

Oct 6th, 2011 | By
Moderate Republicans, it’s time to take back your party

For as long as I’ve lived in Arizona, Republicans have dominated state politics, and though I haven’t always agreed with their policy positions, I’ve never felt threatened by their governance. Until now. From Russell Pearce to Joe Arpaio, Arizona’s Republican party is now dominated by extremist ideologues. These individuals have muscled their way onto center

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