I just discovered that Jan Brewer, the Governor of Arizona does not have a college degree. Born in California, Brewer attended Glendale Community College where she received a Radiology Technologist certificate, but never earned a degree. Perhaps this is why she has cut funding for Arizona’s education state-wide.
The irony, here, is that Jan Brewer got into politics by joining her local school board because she was interested in her childrens’ education. Of course, it is unlikely that her children would get far in life these days without a college degree. Brewer supports the Christian Coalition’s position in favor of school vouchers, thus ensuring that private and religious schools receive government funding.
But Governor Brewer will not commit to applying excess tax revenues to restore funding cuts made to education, according to the Arizona Daily Star on September 12, 2011. Nor would she go on record then, or since, to protect education from additional cuts in future budget talks. The Governor does commit to spending the surplus wisely — though she doesn’t say upon what.
In regard to President Obama’s comments to the effect that public education must be supported, Brewer says, “I tend to agree with him on that,” even though she is well-known for disagreeing with the President on immigration policy and other issues. “We all know that education is the bottom line for our economy. We’ve got to have an educated workforce to get industry to come to our state.” How she reconciles cutting support for education in Arizona with these lofty goals is anyone’s guess.
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