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Proposition 208 still makes me queasy, but I’m supporting Invest in Ed

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Opinion: Two years ago, I opposed Invest in Education. Here’s why I’ve changed my mind.

Marisol Garcia, an eighth-grade social studies teacher in the Isaac School District and vice president of the Arizona Education Association, stands by boxes containing the 435,669 signatures for the InvestInEd ballot initiative that were turned in at the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office at the state Capitol in Phoenix on July 2, 2020. (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)

Here, finally, is where the rubber meets the road for Arizona’s children.

Should we raise taxes to boost funding for public schools? Or is the state’s current investment in their (and our) future good enough?

Supporters of Proposition 208 will tell you that it’s time, finally, to Invest in Education.

As long as we can do it with someone else’s money.

Opponents of Proposition 208 will tell you that if voters raise taxes on the richest among us, Arizona’s economy will make like a tumbleweed and bounce off into the sunset.

So what to do?

Arizona students have been the losers

There’s no doubt that Arizona’s children have been the losers over the last decade.

A generation of kids has come and gone since our leaders slashed funding for schools. When the Great Recession eased, our governor and Legislature opted to cut corporate taxes rather than restore funding to public education.

The result has been schools that are falling apart, textbooks that are woefully outdated and overcrowded classes taught by under qualified teachers.

Gov. Doug Ducey’s 20by2020 plan to raise teacher pay — a plan brought forth only after tens of thousands of fed-up educators were taking to the streets — was a start. But it was only a start given the magnitude of damage done over the last decade.

Despite those raises, Arizona teacher pay remains

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Tomball Regional Health Foundation continues supporting community with recent grant to Lone Star College

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Lone Star College announced, Oct. 6, that the Tomball Regional Health Foundation awarded the Lone Star College Foundation grants worth $244,696 to help Lone Star College-Tomball’s nursing and lifePATH programs.

LSC-Tomball president Lee Ann Nutt said the college has a longstanding relationship with the Tomball Regional Health Foundation.

“They have been supportive of our programs and our college for many years, we have a great track record with them. …That’s allowed us to maintain this relationship of trust and support,” Nutt said. “Because of that relationship, trust and respect between us, we’ve been able to partner together quite a bit, I’m very grateful for that.”

The grant is technically one award but was split into two different parts, according to Nutt, with $244,696 going toward funding for additional lifePATH staffing and $101,839 helping provide more nursing equipment.


Tomball Hospital Authority CEO and THRF board treasurer Lynn LeBouef said the latest donation puts the foundation over $2 million worth of donations to LSC-Tomball in the last eight years.

“We’re pretty proud of that, been able to assist them on needs and haven’t had to raise tax dollars to provide that care,” LeBouef said.

Nutt said the college wouldn’t be able to purchase the necessary equipment without the foundation’s help.

“Health care equipment is very expensive and while we could purchase some, what they’ve allowed us to do is to equip our programs with the best equipment possible for our students,” Nutt said.

Nutt said the college needed additional options for nursing students to use health care training equipment amid COVID. More than half of the funding went to the purchase of

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Mondly Partners with Oxford University Press to Introduce An Enhanced English Language Learning Module Supporting 33 Languages

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BRASOV, Romania, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mondly, one of the world’s leading online language platforms, and Oxford University Press (OUP), the world’s largest university press, today announce a new suite of custom English progress tests via the Mondly app.

Mondly partners with Oxford University Press to introduce custom English learning and assessment module (PRNewsfoto/Mondly)
Mondly partners with Oxford University Press to introduce custom English learning and assessment module (PRNewsfoto/Mondly)

The collaboration between Mondly and OUP enables English language learning, assessment, and testing in 33 languages, including less common languages like Danish, Persian, or Hebrew. The new module offers easily accessible learning support with access to 3,500+ different questions and 108 different English language progress tests for each of the languages included in the partnership.

As part of this module, Mondly will now have lessons based on Oxford Practice Grammar tests and the Oxford 3000, and that are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for reporting at levels B2, B1, and A2. These tests are based on CEFR guidelines and integrated into Mondly’s pre-existing topics.

“We’re very excited to partner with OUP to offer content and testing from their world-renowned English-learning resources,” said Mondly CEO, Alexandru Iliescu. “There are over 1.5 billion people around the world currently learning English, including over 25-percent of our users. Mondly and OUP are the ideal team to comprehensively support and enable their learning journey.”

“We’re delighted to collaborate with Mondly, who have been pursuing innovative solutions for language learning for several years,” said Harry Cunningham, Partnerships and Innovation Manager at Oxford University Press. “Improving education around the world, and working alongside partners by providing our leading expert content to help more learners access the resources they need, is fundamental to achieving our mission.”

For more information, visit https://www.mondly.com.

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