Arizona lawmakers raced to the bottom… of the barrel that is. They have reached a new low with HB 2668.
They didn’t have the guts to demand that Ducey move money from prisons to schools so they came up with a scheme; the Coleman/Bolding bill would turn kids into commodities…
If gamblers bet on the right horse they win. So will investors, under HB 2668, who bet on the right kid.
We know that early intervention will improve success. So what these guys have done is turn children into horses competing a race where if the horse moves from the starting line, i.e. not knowing their alphabet, to the finish line (to be determined in contract negotiations) i.e. knowing three letters of the alphabet, they win the race and the investors collect.
They can literally determine that any kid is at risk for special ed.
This is just a taste – but click here to read the whole bill.
Call your representative today and tell them that kids are not commodities.
HB 2668 results-based school-readiness contracts
Sponsors: Representatives Bolding, Coleman
HB 2668 establishes the Arizona High Quality School Readiness Program.
HB 2668 allows students at risk of needing special education in kindergarten or grades one through six to enter into a High Quality School Readiness Program to prepare for elementary school. The program would be funded by private investors that would see a return on their investments should the program prevent students from entering special education and costing the state additional money. If a program does not produce results, the investor would assume all costs.
School Readiness Board (Board)
1. Establishes the Board in the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting (OSPB), consisting of each of the following members:
a. The presiding officer of the State Board of Education (SBE) or his/her designee.
b. The President of the State Board of Charter Schools or his/her designee.
c. One member of the Education Committee of the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
d. One member of the Education Committee of the State Senate, appointed by the President of the Senate who is of a different political party than the designee appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
e. One early childhood educator, appointed by the Governor.
f. One representative of the business community, appointed by the Governor.
g. One member with expertise in early childhood education, appointed by the Governor.
h. The parent of a child enrolled in a public school in this state, appointed by the Governor.
2. Prohibits any individual from Board membership that is an officer or employee of or has any financial interest in any provider that receives a school readiness grant.
3. Specifies that appointed Board members serve a two-year term.
4. Specifies that, in the event of a vacancy for an appointed member, the individual that appointed the member must appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the term.
5. States that members of the Board are not entitled to compensation.
6. Requires OSPB to provide staff support to the Board, upon request.