Big Cuter says that my post on the subject is incomprehensible to anyone who is unfamiliar with Arizona politics. There's a post coming on "the curse of knowledge," which Steven Pinker defines as writing while being unable to appreciate the fact that everyone else doesn't know all that you know on a subject.
Bottom line, I thought, and still think, that Prop 123 is one step in the war on public education being waged in Arizona. Doubt me? The supporters of Prop 123 talk about "government schools" instead of "public schools" .... that's the problem in a nutshell.
So, I thought we should all vote against it, because we don't give in to bullies.
Then, I talked to the real stakeholders: the teachers in the classroom.
I heard about no raises for years. I heard about health care premiums soaring next year. I heard the desperation in their voices as "It may not be perfect, but the District says I'll get a 3% raise next year if it passes, and that way I won't take a pay cut as health care costs rise."
It's a bad solution. It's also the only way anything at all will get done. It is not a long term fix. It's a bandaid placed on wet skin in a thunderstorm; it's not a real solution but it remedies an immediate catastrophe.
Those who care about Arizona, about its future, about the direction the Republican leadership is dragging the state, those people are adamantly opposed to Prop 123, as was I. Those who are in the trenches, who are teaching 27 kids with no aides and no translators, who are dipping into their own pockets for marbles and stickers and glue and books, those people deserve that 3% raise right now.
It's a conundrum, denizens. It really is.