Guest Editorial: A Brighter Future for AZ School Funding

By Scottsdale Pinetop The future of the school funding has been a point of concern among voters and state leaders as Arizona heads into the midterm elections. With the rise in teacher protests and education reform, Arizona leaders have taken notice and decided to come together in order to create a bipartisan solution that attempts to resolve some of these … Read More

Guest Editorial: Moving Scottsdale Forward

By Scottsdale Pinetop It’s hard to believe that a city as beautiful and unique as Scottsdale still needs improvements. But with the growing popularity of the community from visitors and locals alike, the city has not kept pace with the crucial infrastructure improvements it needs. This fall, Scottsdale voters may be faced with a bond request on the ballot as … Read More

Kirby: a bold new reform to help Arizona teachers now

By Pam Kirby Scottsdale Unified School District Board Member Here in Arizona and across the country, every day brings a new and louder call to do right by our teachers. Many in this state, myself included, are calling for an extension of the funding currently provided by Proposition 301.  It is critical money for our public schools and teacher salaries.  … Read More

Guest Editorial: Small, Important Step for the Scottsdale Gallery Association

By: Scottsdale Pinetop A simple vote by the Scottsdale City Council may seem like a small step for progress. But when trying foster improvements between government and businesses, it can make all the difference in the world. This week, the City Council voted correctly to approve a $30,000 matching fund agreement with the Scottsdale Gallery Association in an attempt to … Read More

Guest Editorial: #MeToo Should Be #ScottsdaleToo

By: Scottsdale Pinetop Every strong campaign needs a good slogan. For President Trump it was “Make American Great Again.” For World War II Army recruiting it was “I Want You.” A catchy slogan can help win elections or bring people together under a single cause. But if done wrong, it can send the wrong message. That’s what happened last week … Read More

Guest Editorial: The Best Way To Get Around Scottsdale

By: Scottsdale Pinetop More bright yellow and lime green bikes appear to be popping up everywhere in the Valley. The City of Scottsdale piloted the bike share program in early November and it has now extended to Mesa, Tempe and potentially Paradise Valley – taking on a life of its own. Bike share programs provide residents and visitors with a … Read More

Guest Editorial: Flake for 2020?

By: Scottsdale Pinetop In the political world, there are only two reasons to visit New Hampshire in the middle of March – snow and New Hampshire is the first state to vote in a presidential primary. When politicians head to New Hampshire, it tends to raise eyebrows. That’s exactly what happened for Senator Jeff Flake last week when it was … Read More

Guest Editorial: On Wednesdays We Wear Red

By Scottsdale Pinetop Low salaries have many teachers seeing red. Arizona educators have decided to send a message that the current status quo for school funding is unacceptable. Arizona administrators, educators, parents and students have now joined the West Virginia teacher’s movement by wearing red to school and urging others to do the same. What first started as a small … Read More

Canal Divergence

It was like watching Godfather III.  That’s how disappointing this weekend’s Canal Convergence was at the Scottsdale Waterfront. For years the unique display of art had been trending as one of the city’s great emerging events. But this past weekend did Scottsdale Public Art forget to let anyone know what could previously be called a spectacle was actually going on?  … Read More

Wise Words on Media Bias and School Choice

Many of us remember Bob Schuster as an editor for the East Valley Tribune. Bob is retired, but he is offering some sage advice to the current generation of writers and editors at the Arizona Republic. In a letter to the editor, Bob takes the Republic to task for the way it is covering the school choice issue and an … Read More