Category Archives: Education

The State of Public Education in Arizona: It’s Getting Worse — Podcast June 8, 2015

Not-So-Great Expectations: Arizona Is Now Dead Last in Per-Pupil Education Spending.  Democratic Perspective  talks to Jim Ledbetter, Verde Valley Attorney and Past President of the Mingus Union High School District Governing Board and Ann Shaw, District Director of the New Visions Academy charter … Continue reading

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Yavapai College Update — Podcast June 1, 2015

Putting the Community Back in Our Community College:  Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster welcome Bob Oliphant and Ruth Wicks to bring our audience up-to-date on the latest news from the Verde Valley Community College Citizen Advocates push for home rule — a separate administrative district for the … Continue reading

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The Arizona Legislative Lunacy Report: Spring 2015 Edition — Podcast April 30, 2015

The March of Ideology and Incompetence Continues in Phoenix: Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster take a detailed look at the Arizona Republic’s recently published docket of bills pending in the Legislature. Listen as our intrepid analysts subject the moderately acceptable, the irredeemably awful, and the crazy ugly to the test … Continue reading

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The Confederate State of Arizona — Podcast March 16, 2015

The Payback for Dark Money in Arizona: More Corporate Tax Cuts, Continued Defunding of Public Education, and Yahoo! a Secessionist Republican Legislature. Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson dissect the results of the 2014 election in Arizona: a seemingly endless stream of bills from both houses of … Continue reading

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Yavapai College Update — Podcast January 26, 2015

The Yavapai College Ten Year Capital Improvement Plan a Year Later: Have the Verde Valley’s Concerns Had Any Impact? Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster welcome Bob Oliphant and Ruth Wicks back to discuss recent developments in the struggle over local autonomy in … Continue reading

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Tom O’Halleran Interview — Podcast October 27, 2014

Government Works Best When We Work Together: Tom O’Halleran, Independent candidate for Arizona State Senate, Legislative District 6. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome Tom O’Halleran to the show for a discussion of his candidacy for the Arizona State Senate from District … Continue reading

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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidates, 2014 — Podcast August 25, 2014

Arizona State Primary Election Coverage: Democratic Perspective Interviews Democratic Candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster, Steve Williamson, and guest interviewer Karen McLelland, member of the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board welcome the Democratic candidates for the office of Arizona Superintendent … Continue reading

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JC Álvarez Interview — Podcast June 30, 2014

Closing the Sedona Film School: Snatching Failure from the Jaws of Success? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster welcome Dr. JC Álvarez to a discussion of Yavapai College’s recent decision to close the Sedona Film School. Dr. Álvarez, an experienced filmmaker and media consultant … Continue reading

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Yavapai College Update — Podcast June 16, 2014

The Grass Roots Response to Yavapai College’s 10-Year Plan: Are We Making Any Progress? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, and Gary LaMaster are joined by Bob Oliphant and Ruth Wicks, representatives of the Verde Valley Community College Citizen Advocates, for a discussion of recent responses by the Yavapai … Continue reading

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The Crisis in Public Education, Arizona Edition — Podcast March 24, 2014

You Get What You Pay For: the Consequences of Underfunding Public Education in Arizona. Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts, Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, are joined by DP producer Gary LaMaster, for an update on the Yavapai College controversy, and a discussion of the … Continue reading

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