Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Pachyderm Coalition Meeting Don't Miss Dr. Vicki Murray back in town

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PAChyderm Coalition News Letter October 2009
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Upcomming Speakers
Dr. Vicki Murray
Does Anyone Have An Asprin?
Upcoming Speakers:

October 21
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Dr. Vicki Murray

November 18
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett
Az. Secretary of State
Ken Bennett
Ken Bennett was selected by Governor Janice K. Brewer to replace her as Secretary of State and was sworn into office on January 26, 2009.

Jan. 20, 2010
State Senator John Huppenthal
State Senator
John Huppenthal
For 18 Years Senator Huppenthal has been the leading advocate for K-12 education reform.

Sadly, El Paso Bar-B-Que Grill has closed it's doors requiring us to find for another PERMANENT location for our PAChyderm Coalition meetings on the West side. That is the bad news.

The good news is that the Denny's Restaurant that hosted our September meeting has agreed to host our upcoming meetings. In the meantime we will be investigating other potential locations that might better suit our needs.

October's meeting time will remain the same:
3rd Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Dinner meeting starts at 6:15 PM.

Location: Denny's Restaurant 10614 N 43rd Avenue (just North of Peoria on the West Side of 43rd Avenue).
Photograph of Dr. Vicki Murray
October Speaker
Dr. Vicki Murray

Dr. Murray is the former director of the Goldwater Institute Center for Educational Opportunity in Phoenix, Arizona, and the author of more than a dozen education policy studies. She has advised the U.S. Department of Education on public school choice and higher education reform. She has also advised education policy makers in nearly 30 states, provided expert testimony before state legislative education committees, and served on two national accountability task forces. Dr. Murray's research helped advance four parental choice voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs in Arizona in 2006.

CLICK HERE for more information about Dr. Vicki Murray.

Does Anyone Have An Asprin?

Let me see if I understand the whole scenario. According to the Arizona Department of Education, the K-12 Student population is down across the state (including the children crossing our Southern borders illegally to attend our schools free of charge).

The K-12 budget survive the 2009 budget cuts, received more money from the state via the revived equilization tax (and more) and in addition K-12 received even more money from the Obama Stimulus Package.

Our current Governor wants to pass a 18% sales tax hike to provide MORE money to K-12 education and 28 school districts are campaigning for a budget over ride election using the slogan "It won't increase your taxes".

Click HERE For The Full Story.

Az. Secretary of State Ken BenettDon't miss our November speaker Secretary of State Ken Bennett, November 18, 2009. 6:15 Dinner, location to be announced.

What does the future hold for Mr. Bennett?

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