This month, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer responded to recent Arizona Education Association claims made against him.
“As the son of two public school educators, I am constitutionally incapable of criticizing our state’s teachers," Hamer said. "To claim otherwise is fake news.”
Hamer’s comments regarding education funds were reported after a conversation he had Feb. 2 was released where he made comments calling teachers “crybabies.” The conversation talked about Proposition 206, which would not allow teacher raises across the state.
“I will concede that I should have used more artful language in describing the teachers unions," Hamer said. "None of my criticism was directed at Arizona teachers, however, which is clear if one reads the story.”
Hamer expressed his support and respect for all who are in the education sector. In addition, he explained many investments the state legislature and groups across the state are expecting to see passed to further increase education funds. One specifically is Proposition 123, which would allow for $328 million in new funds for K-12 grades over 10 years. Hamer backs this measure.
“No business group has put more time and effort into ensuring that more resources find their way in Arizona’s classrooms and in ensuring that we can retain and recruit great teachers,” he said.