Horne excites school choice crowd, creates teacher retention worry

In 2010, the promise of a go to from Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction to Tucson amid the battle over the way forward for ethnic research introduced out lots of of scholars protesters, a part of a wave of organizing within the years-long battle over the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American research curriculum.

More than a decade later, that public official, Republican Tom Horne, will quickly return to office for this third time period as Arizona’s colleges chief. He beforehand served from 2003 to 2011.

Horne is returning to the Arizona Department of Education with a number of big-picture targets. He’s expressed a need to lift check scores, make lecture rooms extra disciplined, and maintain English language learners from accessing bilingual schooling.

But the system that he’ll oversee faces existential challenges.

A newly minted school voucher program will steer thousands and thousands of taxpayer {dollars} to calmly regulated non-public colleges. A serious employees scarcity has left colleges throughout the state scrambling for academics, bus drivers and kitchen employees. Total public school spending has hit a restrict that would pressure huge funds cuts if the Legislature doesn’t act.

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