Saturday, April 11, 2015

ASU Trustee's Take Direct Hit on AZ Governor Doug Ducey and Legislators-Video

ASU's Board of Trustees put out a hit on Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature on Wednesday, saying the state budget for higher education "sends a message to our state and to our country that educated citizens and the long-term health of our economy are not priorities for the state of Arizona." That's going to leave a mark.

For the second time in less than a month, university leaders are talking about the Arizona Constitution. Specifically, the part that says a college education must be "as nearly free as possible" and that other part – the section that rarely gets mentioned. Arizona Constitution: Article XI, Section 6: 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.
So the question is, will anyone sue the state to compel our leaders who clearly don't favor investment in education to follow the Arizona Constitution?
ASU Trustees who signed the ad: Martin Alvarez Sr., Jim Armstrong, Bob Boschee, Don Budinger, Wil Cardon, Wayne Doran, Florence Eckstein, Jeff Ehret, Ira Fulton, Michael Glimcher, Laurie Goldstein, John Graham, Bob Johnson, David Lincoln, Sharon Dupont McCord, Chuck Michaels, Craig Newman, Bill Post, Laura Roskind, Martin Shultz, Trish Stark, Brian Swette, Gary Tooker, Gregg Tryhus, Greg Vogel, Howard Waldie IV, Cindy Watts, Craig Weatherup, Patty Withycombe, Bob Zollars

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