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Buz Mills: Cut education to pay for border enforcement

Buz Mills, the wealthy gun range owner running for governor, said on Monday he wants Arizona to eliminate educators so it can put more guards on the border and keep illegal immigrants in prison longer.

Buz Mills, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, said Monday he wants to cut education to put more guards on the border and jail illegal immigrants longer.

Mills released a campaign video weighing in on the immigration debate, reports HeatCity.org:

"If our border is a priority, we must prioritize accordingly," Mills wrote on Twitter a short time later. "This will mean some currently funded programs will be eliminated."

"We have plenty of things to cut from current budget," Mills wrote. Asked what, specifically, he would chop, Mills replied he would begin with school administrators.

"Education," Mills tweeted. "1:1 ratio of administrators to teachers. Cut admin to appropriate level – improve education while freeing budget $$$"

Read more of Head City's report: Buz Mills releases immigration plan: Cut educators to pay for border guards.

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May 11, 2010, 7:19 pm
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Sorry truth,

But I don’t agree. While I’ll admit that the word “teachers” may give rise to disagreement, there can’t be any debate that Mills is in favor of cutting Arizona’s public education budget to increase border enforcement. I’ll get that word changed to “education.”

Mills opposes Prop. 100, the failure of which could lead to drastic cuts in education. 15-20 percent of teachers may be out of the classroom. Beyond that, he wants to cut “administrators” from education budgets.

The much-vaunted 1:1 ratio of administrators to teachers sounds extreme, but realize that those “admin” personnel include counselors, librarians, IT staff, speech therapists, nurses, safety monitors, janitors, lunch ladies, bus drivers, attendance clerks and many others who are important to a school’s everyday functioning.

School janitors spend a whole lot more time cleaning up after little kids, unplugging toilets, etc., than they do shuffling paper as “administrators.”

My wife is a teacher. She consistently tells me that there’s a whole lot more money affecting a child’s education, beyond what her paycheck reads.

Arizona spends 9 percent of its education budget on administration, below the national average of 11 percent.

Referencing the worry you relate on your blog: Don’t worry, unlike some other sites, we promote an open and respectful debate. Your comment won’t be taken down.

Unlike yellow journalists of yore or the chattering cable class of today, we’re not here to push a political stance or convince you to vote one way or another. We are here to relay the facts, no matter where they lead.

If we had some sort of axe to grind against Buz Mills, we could’ve been making hay regarding his past business dealings. But the conservative blogosphere seems to be doing okay with that of late.

Thanks for your input; let me buy you a Guinness sometime.

May 11, 2010, 3:56 pm
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I observed yesterday’s tweets between @buz4gov and @nickmartin and @tdhurst - I think you inserted words that weren’t actually said. If you read the Buz Mills tweets - which are public - he never said “eliminate educators” or “cut teachers”. Here’s a more thorough analysis. In fact, just the opposite.

I think you owe Buz a public apology and need to retract this article.

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