Don’t take anyone’s word for anything, especially mine, do your own research. The following post addresses Senator Kelli Ward’s disregard for the Arizona State Constitution specifically in carrying out her Constitutional OATH as the Senate Education Committee Chairman pursuant to vetting ‘NOMINEES’ to the State Board of Education.
Simple, of the five Executive Nominations (Dr. Crow is missing) Governor Ducey made to the State Board of Education two, Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Taylor did not meet the criteria set forth in Article 11 Section 3 of the Arizona State Constitution to be nominated by the Governor let alone confirmed by the Senate Education Committee.
The Arizona State Constitution states in Article 11, Section “3: State board of education; composition; powers and duties; compensation: ’The Board shall be comprised of the following members: the superintendent of public instruction, the president of a state university or a state college, four lay members, a president or chancellor of a community college district, a person who is an owner or administrator of a charter school, a superintendent of a high school district, a classroom teacher and a county school superintendent. Each member, other than the superintendent of public instruction, shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate in the manner prescribed by law.”
In Article 11 Section 3 the only criteria describing the standing of a nominee in the community that seems ambiguous is “lay members” which taken in the singular form would be “LAY PERSON”: Google ‘legal definition of lay members’ where “lay person” is the result. Google “legal definition lay person” and you get this… “A lay person is a person who is not trained, qualified, or experienced in a particular subject or activity” in other words a regular Joe from the community.
Common Core aside, common sense employed by any reasonable thinking person would clearly denote lay members are lay persons. Note: ‘lay persons’ on the Board of Education roster are referred to as “Public Members.”
Prior to Governor Ducey presenting his five nominees for the Arizona State Board of Education to the Senate Education Committee for an up or down approval, only one of the six sitting Board Members was classed as a ‘lay member/person (Public Member), that being Vice President Reginald Ballantyne III. The remaining five, Diane Douglas, Amy Hamilton, Roger Jacks, Greg Miller and Dr. James Rottweiler are appropriately classified.
With one sitting lay member / lay person, three of the five Ducey nominees needed to be qualified as a ‘lay member / lay person’ pursuant to Arizona’s Constitution: again a lay person is a person who is not trained, qualified, or experienced in a particular subject or activity.
March 20, 2015 Governor Ducey announced his five nominees to the Arizona State Board of Education:
Jared Taylor, Public Member
Chuck Schmidt, Public Member
Christopher Deschene, Public Member
Dr. Michael Crow, University President
Tim Carter, County School Superintendent
Ducey indeed categorized three of his five nominees as “Public Member” aka ‘lay members’ pursuant to Article 11 Section 3 of Arizona’s Constitution.
Mr. Deschene clearly meets the Article 11, Section 3 ‘lay member’ criteria.
Mr. Schmidt doesn’t meet the Article 11, Section 3 ‘lay member’ criteria as being the Associate Executive Director for the Arizona Interscholastic Association, he has been intimately involved in the Arizona Primary Education System. Be advised that he parted ways with the AIA as of June 2015?
Mr. Taylor doesn’t meet the Article 11, Section 3 ‘lay member’ criteria as he is the Business Manager for Heritage Academy Charter Schools. A fact Governor Ducey failed to identify in his press release of his School Board nominees. Regardless the Senate Education Committee vetting process should have identified Mr. Schmidt’s and Taylor’s disqualifiers to sit on the Board of Education as Public Member’s.
As bad as the above appears to true Constitutional Conservatives with moral and ethical values, the fact that Governor Ducey didn’t include Jared Taylor’s current employment in his Executive Nomination statement REEKS of backroom deals.
Was Kelli Ward so intent on proving her anti-Common Core mantra she was willing to compromise her Constitutional Character – it gets better.
To be continued…