Letter: Not hard to justify ‘No No’ vote on budget overrides


I first want to acknowledge all my good friends and former teachers who support the continuation of the override. They have been of great service and still are giving service to the Verde Valley.

But like any good novel there has to be an antagonist or a heretic in every group. I am happy to wear that badge.

First, I am opposed to any continuing tax that has arrived at its maturation date.

Part of the original promise was that it was only for a determined amount of time.

Second, the top rated school in Arizona is a charter school. Charters by law, cannot float public bonds or overrides that add to the local property taxes. And yet they do well to produce public education.

My point is that property owners will never see a charter school on their tax bill and yet they thrive with less tax burden to the public. So I vote no, no.

Vicki Jo Anderson



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centurion75 1 year, 4 months ago

Vicki Jo probably is referring to Basis charter schools in Arizona who are indeed doing well. How does Basis do it? They require students complete their assignments. They require parent involvement. They require good attendance. They require student to adhere to a behavioral code. If parents and students do not comply, they are shown the door. Result? Basis is outperforming every other school in AZ. If public schools could enforce the same requirements, they would be doing just as well. Figure out how public schools could do the same and you will be my hero.


The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 4 months ago

"They require parent involvement" This sounds good on the face of it, but being involved in the education system is exactly what turned me against it. We have parents with very different attitudes, class and culture, expectations, what not, and yet the schools are pretty monotone culturally; pretty much everyone who graduates from our schools think alike and talk alike. Culture has more to do with deep-seated beliefs and practices than just food, language. So in others words we preach multiculturalism, while practicing a rigid monoculturalism, and evicting anyone who refuses to submit. Then we complain there are not enough teachers. And just like you all probably don't want a lower class guy teaching your kid, I feel the same way about middle class people teaching my kid. After reading letters to Carl Sagan from teachers I now have even less faith in education, due to their complaints that their schools were run by the athletic departments and that NO teacher who was smarter than them would ever be hired (which means we are trusting our education to dumb jocks). Again, the problems in education are deeper than many realize, and money will not solve everything.


ItsyBitsySpider 1 year, 4 months ago

Hum. I'm not about to vote no/no on funds Mingus and COCSD already have budgeted, Ms Anderson. That will simply make life more difficult for the teachers.

However, you and both commenters here make very thoughtful points.