Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"AZ Schools Now" Town Hall Will Give You a Chance to Be Heard On Public School Funding

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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AZ Schools Now is hosting a town hall on public school funding Thursday, March 30, 6 p.m., at the Pima Community College West Campus Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road.

The governor's education budget proposals and the Democrats' proposals will be presented, then people in attendance will be asked to give their thoughts and ideas about education funding.

AZ Schools Now includes ten organizations which advocate for public education funding in Arizona.

Healthy Skepticism Note: Governor Ducey loves to portray himself as a  "friend of education." Ducey's no fool. He knows supporters of public education are marching forward with the wind at their backs, with a majority of Arizonans supporting increases in education funding and teacher salaries, so he wants to look like he's leading the parade. A favorite ploy is to talk about how he's working together with the education community to look for solutions. But lately when he said he's working with education groups on renewing Prop 301, the six-tenths of a cent sales tax for education which expires in 2020, AZ Schools Now was very clear, Ducey hadn't reached out to any of its groups.

Democratic legislators are also wary of Ducey's faux-Kumbaya moments with people who say we need a significant increase in education funding.
“My caveat with this governor is always the devil is in the details,” [Senate Minority Leader Katie] Hobbs said. “Yes, I’m happy that he supports the extension and possibly expansion [of Prop 301]. However, I would like to see specifically what the proposal will look like. . . . I will buy it when I see it. He’s made a lot of promises on education that he hasn’t really delivered on."
Like Hobbs said, Ducey is long on promises, short on delivery. Buyer beware.

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Cinema Clips: Land of Mine

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 10:30 AM


This Oscar nominated film (Best Foreign Film) from Denmark is about as complicated and difficult a story to tell, but writer-director Martin Zandvliet more than succeeds.

It’s post WWII in Denmark, and a group of Nazi youth POWs is tasked with clearing a beach of thousands of mines. Their commander, a Danish Sergeant (an excellent Roland Moller) views his crew with contempt at first, treating them harshly. Over time, the fact that they are just young boys begins to wear on him, especially when some of them meet their deaths on the beach.

The cast is beyond good here, delivering a story that has echoes of All Quiet on the Western Front. It’s a difficult film in that it portrays wartime German soldiers in a sympathetic way, and the film will justifiably irritate some. In the end, it’s about the horrors of war, its aftermath, and coping with the hatred and bitterness that follows. The movie is a heart wrenching experience, especially in how Moller’s character endures an emotional rollercoaster.

Moller makes everything the Sergeant goes through seem authentic and convincing. This is a brutal film, and it should be.

A Tucson 17-year-Old Loves Her Hometown, and the Internet Explodes

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 9:30 AM

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Yesterday, the internets forgot about #45 for a few minutes and gave a Tucson high school senior some love.

BuzzFeed shared 17-year-old Timea Post's senior pictures and how the world took notice. We approve too, and don't care if people don't understand our love of eeggee's or why we love her picture in front of the Mattress Firm. You live in a city with a mattress store on on almost every corner, then get back to us. Also, everyone should be here during monsoon when watermelon is the flavor of the month.

Post is giving us a bit of hope here at TW HQ and we're pleased T-town gets some love through her eyes via Twitter. Yo, #45, this is what Twitter is for.

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Streets of This Town: Queen-Sized Beauty Rest and Some DNA.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 8:32 AM

Somewhere in Tucson. - BRIAN SMITH
  • Brian Smith
  • Somewhere in Tucson.

"Streets of This Town" is a little daily photo series featuring random pics I take on long walks through Tucson—to sort of coincide with Tucson Salvage.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Latin Comedy Jam Returns to Tucson (A Ticket Give Away)

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 4:15 PM


The Latin Comedy Jam's Laugh Kings returns to Tucson on Friday, March 31 at the Leo Rich Theater (260 S. Church)  as part of its national tour. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets starts at $16 and are available at the Tucson Convention Center box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

The law firm line-up of Rizo, Garcia and Martinez comes with a promise to make us laugh, and not just that "Mexi-Can, not Mexi-Can't," kind of laughs. If you are interested in laughter, we are giving away two pairs of tickets. If you are not interested in laughter, we suggest you consider doing this.

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Cinema Clips: The Devil’s Candy

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Writer-director Sean Byrne follows up his very good horror debut, 2012’s The Loved Ones, with this piece of heavy metal nastiness.

Jesse (an unrecognizable Ethan Embry), a starving artist, and wife Astrid (Shiri Appleby) are moving into a new house with daughter Zooey (Kiara Glasco). Shortly before buying that house for a dirt-cheap price, they find out that the couple that lived there before died in some sort of accident.

After moving in, a super creepy guy (Pruitt Taylor Vince) and former inhabitant of the house shows up on the doorstep looking to move back in. Naturally, Jesse says no and, naturally, creepy guy doesn’t stop. Byrne sets his story to heavy metal music, with Jesse’s family being devout followers of Metallica, and Vance’s creepy guy needing to play metal at night on his guitar to drown out the voice of the devil.

If devil movies give you the heebie jeebies (like, for instance, last year’s The Witch), you will probably find plenty to like in this one. Byrne is proving to be quite capable of cinematic freak-outs, and he has able partners in Embry and Vince. Place Mr. Byrne along the names of Ti West, Robert Eggers and Ted Geoghegan when making a list of current horror directors to watch.

Casa Video Top 10

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 12:30 PM

One of the best things about movies is that they grant us an escape from an annoying day at work, a frustrating bumper-to-bumper commute or just our daily obligations in general—at least for a couple of hours.

If an escape from any of the above sounds like what you need this week to keep some sanity, pick up these best sellers from Casa Video.

Moana


Passengers


Doctor Strange


Fences


Assassin's Creed


Sing


Moonlight


Arrival


Collateral Beauty


Solace

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Education Budget Rumblings from D.C. — All Cuts, All the Time

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:24 AM

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We've already heard the Trump people's plans to cut $9.2 billion from next year's federal education budget. Now comes news they want to cut about $3 billion from the budget for rest of this fiscal year, which has five months left. From Politico's Morning Education report:
After proposing a $9.2 billion cut to the Education Department’s budget for next year, the President Donald Trump is now calling on Congress to slash nearly $3 billion in education funding for the remaining five months of this fiscal year, according to a document obtained by POLITICO. The White House on Friday sent House and Senate appropriators detailed instructions on how they should craft spending legislation to fund the federal government beyond April 28, when the current stopgap spending bill expires.
The proposed cuts include: Pell Grant money ($1.3 billion); Title II funding to provide professional development for teachers and principals and to reduce class sizes; Grants for physical education programs ($47 million); Grants for school counseling ($49 million); Money to increase math and science instruction ($152 million) [Fun fact: Ed Sec Betsy DeVos and First Daughter Ivanka Trump will be attending an event promoting STEM education today.]; and the Striving Readers program to improve literacy instruction ($189 million).

Meanwhile, the conservative Heritage Foundation has put out its budget proposal for 2018. Here's are some of its education cuts, which include phasing out Head Start entirely over the next decade and cutting the budget for the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights in half.
Among Heritage’s proposals: Eliminate the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s job-training programs, which involves many community colleges; eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service, which supports AmeriCorps; and reduce funding for Head Start with the intention of eliminating it completely over the next decade. The think tank also proposes to halve the budget for the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights and eliminate competitive and project grant programs under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Other formula grant programs for K-12 education would be slashed by 10 percent under the plan.

The budget proposal also proposes getting rid of the Obama administration’s “gainful employment” regulation, which judges career college programs based on the ratio of graduates’ student loan debt relative to their earnings; switching to fair-value accounting for how the government tallies the cost of federal student loans; and making “major reforms to accreditation, including decoupling federal financing from the ossified accreditation system.”

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