Many people asked me what I thought about State Legistlator approving a nearly $140 million cut in soft capital budget for K-12 education. I never like to see education getting it’s budget cut. However, it’s time to get real. Getting real is a bitch. We are $2 billion in the hole this year and another $3 billion in the hole next year. We don’t have a line of credit internally to borrow from anymore. At this point we are looking to private banks for funding. The state of Arizona is in severe economic crisis and everyone is going to have to dig in and take it in the shorts. I think the current cuts to education have been kind. They could have been much, much worse and I suspect they will be in the future.
I call this opportunity. You see in every circumstance of hardship, we have the opportunity for the human spirit to shine through, creativity to spark and innovation to spur change in ways we could never imagine when we are fat and happy. Am I scared for our educational system? Hell yes. So while, being pinned back in the corner like an angry dog with no options out but to fight is not where we want to be; I know that Arizonian’s have a hell of a lot of fight in them. I am excited to see them fight off this downturn and emerge on the other side as the leader of the pack. Laughing at other states still stuck in the dark ages of education because they didn’t have to scrap just to stay alive. I’ll put my money on the angry, hungry and desperate in any fight. I say.. Bring it on!
What are your thoughts?