Dan and Ed are still reeling from this remarkable and informative visit with Jim Hall, educator and investigator of charter school finance in Arizona. Charter school finance? Sounds boring? Well, hold on to your grip on reality and prepare for information that will help you fight for teachers and students against a state government that is not honest or above board and has hidden the facts about the tens of millions of dollars that have been stolen from Arizona taxpayers. Fraud and abuse of public funds are only part of the scam the so-called ‘representatives of the people’ have engineered. Greed, profit, and ideological beliefs forced by so-called Libertarians and extremists have opened Arizona to the few rotten enough to steal from children, and design systems to destroy public schools. Please share this podcast and help it go viral. Jim’s well researched information is what parents, teachers and all citizens need to reclaim democracy in our state.
Ed and Dan believe the American education system can recover from the destructive work of privatizers, profiteers, and those who claim they can force solutions without identifying the problems. There is no more potent group than the PTA (PTSA) as they know what is happening to our children and how to support our public schools. We are very fortunate to have Beth Simek, the State President of the Arizona PTA, and Nicky Indicavitch, Northern Arizona Region Director of the PTA, and the Parent Coordinator for Arizona Schools Now. The information they share is exactly what every parent and teacher must have if we are to counter those who plan to destroy public schools.
Ed and Dan have a special guest, Jennifer Hernandez, Community Engagement Manager for Expect More Arizona, one of the increasingly effective groups educating citizens about what it will take to regain support for public schools. Citizen’s groups like Expect More Arizona are working to help communities organize to fight for quality education. Among the tools that Jennifer talks about is the Education Progress Meter which provides metrics and information documenting where we are and where we want to go. How leaders like Jen are organizing is important information for citizens in every state.
Jen shares very positive and successful programs that are making a difference for kids. The last few minutes of this podcast will energize you and give you hope.