Headmaster Erik Twist Apologizes For Violating State Law By Using School As Platform to Advocate "No" Vote On School-Funding Proposition 204

Categories: Election 2012

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Erik Twist during a 2012 Ballot Measure Town Hall
Eric Twist, headmaster of Archway Classical Academy Veritas, issued an apology to parents for using his office, along with the school's e-mail contact list and its office manager, to blast Proposition 204, a school funding measure.

In his apology (posted in full after the jump), he wrote that he is "deeply embarrassed" and "ashamed" because he should have known better.

"My heart has been heavy ever since I was made aware of these matters," he wrote.

See also: Erik Twist Blasts Education Funding Initiative, Prop 204, in E-mail to Parents

Arizona law prohibits school officials from using "school district or charter school personnel, equipment, materials, buildings or other resources for the purpose of influencing the outcomes of elections."

His apology e-mail:

From: etwist@archwayveritas.org
Date: Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Subject: An Apology

Dear Archway Parents,

I want to apologize to each of you for my misstep on October 12th in sending an email advocating a no vote on Prop 204 through the Archway account maintained by Mrs. Hosack.

At the time of writing and sending the email, I was unaware of the rules prohibiting such activity. I am deeply embarrassed by this, as it is clear to me now that what I assumed was a simple response to increasing inquiries from families about my opposition to Prop 204, was in fact a violation of state statue. I not only now understand the civil prohibition, but also believe there are good reasons for it.

To those who have argued that a man in my position should have known better, I can only humbly agree. I am ashamed I didn't know. My negligence, of course, does not excuse my misstep. My heart has been heavy ever since I was made aware of these matters.

Where my email deviated from the high standards we have as an academy and caused those in our community to question our overall mission, I am truly sorry.

I have been admonished by the leadership of Great Hearts, and in cooperation with them have worked to ensure that nothing of this sort occurs again.

Erik Twist

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What is even more disturbing is he attempted to link Prop 204 to abortion funding. If the guy had any integrity he would resign.  And, if Great Hearts was an institution with integrity they would fire him.  However, since GH did not fire him, it is hard not to believe the GH just might support some of his views.  So the issue in my opinion is not limited to Twist.  Lastly, as for the sincerity of his apology, I don't buy it, not for one second.  He knew he could send this out and then just ask for forgiveness.  He wanted his misinformed, inaccurate, biased, and completely incorrect opinion out there for some to read and believe (because they won't do the research on their own).


Lacking integrity all the way around.


He should be fired.  He's not fit to hold the job, and his own words prove it.


Just make sure that when the one cent goes away and the legislature is cutting, the charter schools are the first ones to get decreased funding. What a hypocrite, where does he think charter school money is from, manna from heaven? Tax money numb n@ts! Unless the Goldwater Insititute and the Koch Brothers are funding him under the guise of "people for quality education without those darn teacher unions or those bothersome special Ed students."


Actually sounds sincere, which is rare for public apologies these days. Good for him!

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

 @bill.scheel Maybe. But everyone knows that you can't campaign on the government's dime. He knew it, too. Of that I have no doubt.

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