In east Phoenix, Jeremy Williams voted yes on Prop. 123, and said it was the arguments of the opponents that actually influenced his vote.
“Once you start arguing against private schools and charters, you lose me,” said Williams, who teaches at the Great Heart Academy, a charter school [run by Eric Twist, brother of Prop 123 promoter JP Twist, who is Ducey’s “on leave” chief of staff]. Although Williams said he objects to tinkering with the land trust fund, the other arguments advanced by opponents of the ballot measure convinced him that things would actually be worse for schools in the future.
Williams said he was not convinced he would get a pay raise if Prop. 123 passes, primarily because he said his school’s administration protected teacher pay even as state support declined or stayed flat. He suspects any new funding would fill in the gaps that were created when administrators juggled budget items to protect teacher pay.
Thank goodness Jeremy Williams is not my kid’s teacher, because he’s an idiot.