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Does funding make kids smarter?

When you look at the education rankings, Arizona doesn't do well. We are in the bottom five in the United States consistently.

More funding doesn't lead to better results.

Katherine Mangu-Ward, managing editor from Reason magazine, where she covers education, talked to News/Talk 92.3 Bruce St. James on Monday for their "Eyes on Education" series.

According to Mangu-Ward, money isn't the problem.

"In many states, the unions are the problem," said Mangu-Ward. "Unfortunately, what we have confused in this country in particular is doing right by teachers or letting those unions have control over the education process."

Mangu-Ward also asked the question about when is better to have kids watch lectures online rather than hire a mediocre or worse teacher and stick that person in front of students.

Maybe technology will help our way out of this problem.

If money was the only problem, our kids would be twice as smart as they were 30 years ago, but they're not. And we're spending twice as much money.

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I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass upů so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".

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