Proposition 208 still makes me queasy, but I’m supporting Invest in Ed

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Opinion: Two years ago, I opposed Invest in Education. Here’s why I’ve changed my mind.

Marisol Garcia, an eighth-grade social studies teacher in the Isaac School District and vice president of the Arizona Education Association, stands by boxes containing the 435,669 signatures for the InvestInEd ballot initiative that were turned in at the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office at the state Capitol in Phoenix on July 2, 2020. (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)

Here, finally, is where the rubber meets the road for Arizona’s children.

Should we raise taxes to boost funding for public schools? Or is the state’s current investment in their (and our) future good enough?

Supporters of Proposition 208 will tell you that it’s time, finally, to Invest in Education.

As long as we can do it with someone else’s money.

Opponents of Proposition 208 will tell you that if voters raise taxes on the richest among

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Workers invest in education during economic downturns, study shows

Dive Brief:

  • For every hundred workers laid off during economic recessions, researchers estimate that enrollment in two-year college programs increases by three students and completions of “career-technical programs” increase as well, according to the findings of a study published Oct. 1 in the MIT Education and Finance Policy journal.
  • The rise in enrollment accounts for half of the increase in labor force nonparticipation after widespread layoffs, the researchers said. 
  • Those who pursue education under these circumstances lean toward shorter degree programs or certificates and generally pursue programs with higher expected labor market returns, though results may vary, according to the study.

Dive Insight:

The study’s findings highlight the importance of education and retraining during this major shake up in the labor market. Moreover, organizations that invest in continuous development, or even education as an outplacement benefit, may help workers avoid lengthy terms of unemployment or at least smoothly transition

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Local Folks: Katelyn Jackson hopes to use medical education to invest in Mississippi | Local News

TUPELO • Even though she’s only in her first year of medical school, Katelynn Jackson wants to leave Mississippi better than she found it.

Jackson, who has lived in Northeast Mississippi for much of her life, is a recent recipient of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship, which provides around $30,000 per year to recipients enrolled in medical school.

Jackson said she was thrilled when she was awarded the prestigious scholarship because she’s wanted to become a pediatrician ever since she was a young girl.

“I’ve been around children a lot, and I want to be able to impact their lives while they’re young,” she said.

Jackson is a graduate of the Mississippi School for Math and Science and Mississippi State University, and she currently enrolled at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. She is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church

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Proposition 208 hurts education-funding cause in Arizona, not help it. Vote no on Invest in Ed

Starved for years, Arizona schools remain undernourished.

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The state has among the largest class sizes in the country, a nation-worst student-counselor ratio of more than 900 to 1, and districts short of nurses, librarians, aides and other support staff.

The crisis is most evident in the continued shortage of certified teachers in classrooms. A survey of schools document more than 1,700 positions that remain unfilled this year alone.

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Proposition 208 promises to change much of that, by imposing a 78% tax increase on individual income above $250,000 (and household income above $500,000). It raises the top marginal tax rate from 4.5% to 8%.

An architect of the plan says passage of the ballot measure would mean reduced class sizes, diminished teacher shortage and markedly improved student achievement.

We wish it were so.

Proposition

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Proposition 208 hurts education-funding cause in Arizona; no on Invest in Ed

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Opinion: Proposition 208 is an extreme proposal with more pitfalls than promise, that deepens the divisions in our society and puts the state’s economy at risk.

Education funding has, rightfully, dominated Arizona’s political and fiscal attention in recent years. But Proposition 208, the Invest in Education Act, goes way too far. (Photo: The Republic)

Starved for years, Arizona schools remain undernourished.

The state has among the largest class sizes in the country, a nation-worst student-counselor ratio of more than 900 to 1, and districts short of nurses, librarians, aides and other support staff.

The crisis is most evident in the continued shortage of certified teachers in classrooms. A survey of schools document more than 1,700 positions that remain unfilled this year alone.

Proposition 208 promises to change much of that, by imposing a 78% tax increase on individual income above $250,000 (and household income above $500,000). It raises the

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PM Modi invites Canadian businesses to invest in education, farming, manufacturing sectors- The New Indian Express

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hard sold his government’s latest labour, education and agriculture reforms, saying they will make doing business in India easier as also give farmers the right to choose their market.

With its vibrant democracy, political stability and business-friendly policies, India offers an unparalleled investment destination for foreign investors in the field of agriculture, manufacturing and education, he said in his keynote address to the ‘Invest India 2020’ meeting through video conferencing.

The conference is being organised with a special focus on further strengthening business ties between India and Canada. The forum aims to give Canadian business community a first-hand perspective of the opportunities to invest in India and showcase the country as an investment destination.

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The prime minister said that India has undertaken a trinity of reforms in the

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Demystifying an avalanche of claims about Arizona’s Invest in Education Act

Voters in November will decide whether to send more money to education through an income tax on the state’s highest earners. 

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Ladd, Frogge: Repurpose education funds, invest in community schools to benefit all children

When meeting with elected leaders tasked with improving education in Tennessee, we have heard a common refrain: “We have to do something.”

In response to public education challenges, our state has tried various “solutions,” almost all of which have involved privatization: vouchers, charter schools, excessive for-profit standardized testing and expensive curriculums.

None of these options has made a sustainable difference. In fact, vouchers and charter schools have made it worse, serving to exacerbate existing inequities in school systems by draining desperately needed funding from the neighborhood schools that serve around 90% of Tennessee’s students. Often, the real impetus behind these privatization efforts is not the well-being of children, but a desire for personal profit. School privatization turns children into commodities and makes markets out of our classrooms. We must do better for Tennessee’s children.

Solutions don’t address root issues

The reason these “solutions” haven’t made any real impact is simple:

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