Whether we are talking about abused children in AZ or students paying more for an education here, it’s “deja vu all over again”


By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings

…Remember just a couple of years ago when a huge scandal broke here in Arizona over the failure of Arizona’s then-child welfare agency, Child Protective Services, to investigate thousands of reports of child abuse?

One of the “fixes” implemented was to take the agency out from under the auspices of the Department of Economic Security (DES), change its name to “Department of Child Safety”, and make it a stand-alone cabinet-level department.

Turns out that they were just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

From the Arizona Republic, written by Mary Jo Pitzl –

The state’s child-welfare agency, at the direction of its new chief, has stopped assigning lower-priority cases of child abuse and neglect for investigation.

The policy shift echoes a practice that threw the system into turmoil nearly 1 1/2 years ago.

Guess that it’s not a scandal when it is an official policy…


…Remember back to all of less than a year ago when candidate Doug Ducey blamed his Democratic opponent for students (or parents) having to pay more to attend a state university?

When it comes time to blame someone for the latest developments in that area, Governor Doug Ducey should be looking in a mirror.

From the Arizona Republic, written by Anne Ryman and Kaila White –

Arizona’s three state universities responded Friday to a 13 percent cut in their state funding by proposing to raise the price of higher education for many of their students.

Arizona State University students could take the biggest hit. President Michael Crow proposed a one-time, $320 surcharge for all in-state students to offset some of the $53 million in state funding cuts to ASU.

So, in business education, is the practice of promising anything to get the job but delivering almost the opposite when in the job covered in undergraduate coursework or is it part of MBA work?

Could be wrong here, but there’s no mention of an MBA in Ducey’s official bio, so it is probably covered in undergraduate coursework.

Of course, he could just be a natural-born ethical skell “prodigy”.


My question for readers:  How long will it be before we look back on the days of the Brewer administration, as ugly as they were, and think of them as “the good old days”?

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