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Re: “The Stampede for TUSD School Board

Take note TUSD supporters:

Board troubles
The decade of the 1980s was another time of great conflicts and intensity on the school board. Board members often criticized each other and the administration at public meetings. In contrast to the similar trouble in the '70s, however, there were no clearly drawn lines between the members. Alliances changed depending upon the issues. Although major decisions such as hiring the superintendent were often conducted on split votes, on many other areas they voted unanimously. Cutting the budget often brought out frustrated attacks on each other's priorities. That dissension carried over within the district administration.

In a February, 1986, speech to the Tucson Metropolitan Ministry, Dr. Houston described the tone of the district. He said, "The board may be the most visible example of this, but it's more than the board. It's between parents and board members, board members and teachers, teachers and administrators. This whole district has become programmed, over a period of time, to conflict, and I would rather be in the position of searching for solutions to problems than acting as a referee. We've got to stop this senseless bickering we have here and get on to some action.


The worst is not over. By any means.

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Posted by Rat T on 10/11/2016 at 4:42 PM

Re: “McCain Dumps Trump Ahead of Tonight's TV Debate

Thanks wildkitty. If you want to know why Trump said what he said about McCain and being a prisoner of war, read this.

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Posted by Rat T on 10/11/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “McCain Dumps Trump Ahead of Tonight's TV Debate

Don't look now, but the Clintons may be coming to your town next:

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Posted by Susan Henshaw on 10/11/2016 at 4:27 PM

Re: “McCain Dumps Trump Ahead of Tonight's TV Debate

Pot, meet Kettle.

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Posted by UofAzWildkitty on 10/11/2016 at 3:23 PM

Re: “The Stampede for TUSD School Board

Take note TUSD Teachers!!!!

Officials, parents worry Chicago schools deal won’t stick

CHICAGO (AP) – Teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district pulled back from a threatened strike after a tentative last-minute contract agreement that Chicago officials acknowledged Tuesday may amount to a temporary fix and parents worried would fall apart. “It wasn’t easy, as you all know,” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said after Monday’s late-night agreement, which now goes to the union’s House of Delegates and all 28,000 members for a final vote. Vice President Jesse Sharkey said Tuesday that he’s “confident that it’ll pass” because it has wins for students and for school workers. But even as Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who fought bitterly with Lewis before and during the 2012 teachers’ strike, praised the union and the Chicago Public Schools in a speech in which he introduced his 2017 budget proposal, it still isn’t clear how the financially strapped city will pay for the four-year deal.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 10/11/2016 at 3:14 PM

Re: “More on the Financial Backers of 'TUSD Kids First'

League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson's Transparency Check on TUSD Governing Board and other local governing bodies:

It's worth a look, for those who are taking an interest in our local governing board races.

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Posted by Supporting Public Ed Means Supporting Local Reform on 10/11/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Antigone Books Is Looking For New Owners

in it's entirety...


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Posted by SonoranWinds on 10/11/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “More on the Financial Backers of 'TUSD Kids First'

Just remember when a politician promises transparency....well that is the first of many lies. Don't listen to what they say, look at what they have done.

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Posted by Rat T on 10/11/2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “More on the Financial Backers of 'TUSD Kids First'

I am a Democrat who voted for Foster and Juarez four years ago thinking that they would truly contribute to TUSD. It was a monumental mistake! Juarez and Foster have been a very big disappointment, especially on one of the most critical areas needing support and attention
within TUSD - - the desegregation court order. Time and time again each has conceded to the recommendations of the Superintendent, who came into the District arguing against the court order.

But this is not the only area within which they have failed to do what is needed. The overall management of the District is in a state of confusion, frustration, and crisis. Everything from student discipline policy; to purchase orders and work orders not being filled; to TUSD’s new student data system (which allows for less data integration than the former system); to severe facility problems; to the 1 2 3 and 301 funding being stashed to balance the budget while denying teachers what is due to them; to not providing the appropriate number of books per class is all in shambles. TUSD classrooms are not being filled by highly qualified certificated teachers. Instead classrooms, especially on the south and west side of the District are filled with temporary teachers who change every few weeks.

What is most consistent in TUSD is that most things that HT and his team are responsible for are simply not working. HT remains in a position for which he was not qualified to assume. The turnover rate within his immediate team has turned over at least one and half times. He habitually has filled top leadership positions with men who he hangs out with socially. It is a poor practice and an unfair and discriminatory practice. He passed over qualified female administrators to promote Mark Alvarez to an assistant superintendent position. Mark was barely managing a department and now he oversees numerous schools. Insiders can not help but snicker at the joke of all of this. These type of decisions do not support the District and demoralize those who have committed their careers to the institution. What is working best is what is happening at the schools, however, the schools need to be shown respect and support (as in the provision of workable budgets, as in highly qualified teachers in every classroom; as in supplies and books which are needed; as in “systems” that support teachers and students; as in full support of the magnet schools; etc.)

Transparency as a result of how TUSD is managed by Sanchez and his Board bloc (Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster and Adelita Grijalva) has all but disappeared. Retaliatory behavior is at an extreme.

Instead of looking at the reality of the situation, David Safier looks at the situation through his personal biases and has consciously decided to demonize anyone who might possibly unseat Governing Board members who have seduced him into believing anything they or HT Sanchez says. Safier must stop covering TUSD. His personal and twisted political loyalties are dangerous to our community.

Voters should vote for any of seven candidates who are running other than Foster and Juarez. These two rubber-stamp Board members are part of the problem and are so entrenched in defending their errors that they are unable to be part of any solution.

It is no wonder that groups such as TKF have surfaced and been supported both by high profile donors and many grass root individuals from all parties. Safier, Foster and Juarez can continue to do all they are able to discredit the group but all one has to do is take a look at what these two candidates did with their illegal campaign contributions of $5,000 each. What TKF is doing has been above board. Nothing Foster or Juarez have done over the course of their terms or during the current campaign has been above board.

Foster put what she had learned at a political campaign workshop to use. Very early on, she actively sought and gained endorsements from the majority of individuals who hold public office in Tucson as Democrats. Most do not know what is happening in TUSD and none actually did any vetting. This time around, please do not blame the Republicans for having done their homework!

Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice, shame on me!

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Posted by TUSD in Crisis! on 10/11/2016 at 2:04 PM

Re: “More on the Financial Backers of 'TUSD Kids First'

Truly, it doesn't matter.

Here is the only thing that counts. Don't let those in power distract you from the message.

1. If you take a chance and vote for Reigal, Rustand, Sedgwick..... who all want positive change for TUSD and are new to the TUSD will probably get A LOT OF GREAT NEW IDEAS.

2. Vote to keep Foster, Juarez, Stegeman and guaranteed to get more of the same high bonuses, high district-salaries, keep classroom spending at 48.7% probably lose more custodians, more monitors, more instructional support probably have more teacher vacancies and less long-term substitute teachers as their pay has been reduced through ESI.

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Posted by Vote for students not rubber stamps on 10/11/2016 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Song of the Day: 'My Man' by Valley Queen

The Wolf King of the Canyon Papa John Phillips ,now theres a story /Lurid as it may be/Thanx 4 the tip listening now....

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Posted by William Sedlmayr on 10/11/2016 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Pick Up Tickets to the Southwest Cannabis Conference + Expo in Phoenix

The "Medical Marijuana" of today is NOT like the Marijuana used in the 70's and 80's. Through Artificial Selection Experiments, strains of Marijuana have been developed by the Marijuana Drug Industry that substantially increase the potency of the Drug. As such, its' use poses serious potential consequences.

While this Drug is effective in treating some medical conditions; Muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, Nausea from cancer chemotherapy, Poor appetite and weight loss caused by chronic illness, such as HIV, or nerve pain, Seizure disorders (childhood epilepsy), and Crohn's disease. Purified extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that treatment with purified extracts of THC and CBD, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation (Scott KA, Dalgleish AG, Liu WM. The combination of cannabidiol and ?9-tetrahydrocannabinol enhances the anticancer effects of radiation in an orthotopic murine glioma model. Mol Cancer Ther. 2014;13(12):2955-67.)

Scientists are also conducting preclinical and clinical trials with marijuana and its extracts to treat numerous diseases and conditions, such as the following:

1. Autoimmune diseases (diseases that weaken the immune system): HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis (MS), which causes gradual loss of muscle control

2. Alzheimer’s disease, which causes loss of brain function, affecting memory, thinking, and behavior
6.Substance use disorders
7.Mental disorders

The FDA has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.

Marijuana use for Medical purpose should be supported by Scientific evidence, including Clinical Trials, and regulated by the FDA; closely monitored by the tending Physician and State Department of Health."Medical Marijuana" should be available by Prescription only (in a Pharmacy) issued by a License Physician

Congress should amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970: Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. § 811). making Marijuana available for Medical Treatment.

The major consumers of this Drug, if legalized for so-called recreational purposes, will be the younger generation; destroying the very fabric/future of our Democracy.

This Drug should NOT be legalized for recreational purposes!!!

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 10/11/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “More on the Financial Backers of 'TUSD Kids First'

It's starting to look like the laundry list of the Clinton's lies, fraud and deception that is the haulmark of the Clinton family. Why are we not holding these supposed public servants responsible?

Has America become this lazy? Turn off the TV and pay attention. Your present and your future along with your children's future are being stolen from you.

Do you even know it?

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 10/11/2016 at 12:00 PM

Re: “More on the Financial Backers of 'TUSD Kids First'

"Sorry Mr. Campbell" writes, "these kinds of campaign contributions along with these kinds of business dealings look extremely suspect. They are THE EXACT same kinds of complaints that TUSD Kids first is making about current members of the TUSD board."

No, they are not. The donations to Foster and Juarez from a Phoenix couple associated with ESI were given to two board members after they voted to award a $21 million contract to ESI. How is this different from the fact that the Campbells' companies bid on TUSD property in the past, and then the Campbells donated to the campaigns of TUSD Board candidates?

The Foster-Juarez donations happened after these candidates voted to award a multi-million dollar contract to a company whose marketing executive made the donations. There is documentation that the multi-million dollar contract was awarded, that two incumbent candidates who voted for the contract received the donations, that one incumbent candidate who did not vote in support of the contract did not receive a donation from the couple, and there is documentation of how the donations were recorded by those receiving campaign funds for Foster and Juarez. There is documentation that Foster and Juarez kept the contributions and did not propose to return them until after the connection between the donations and the company to whom they had voted to award a contract was outed in the media. On the other hand, the Campbells bid on TUSD property in the past. There is no documentation that their support of TUSD Board candidates is related to an intent to bid on TUSD property in the future, and no documentation that their interest in these candidates relates to their business affiliations and not to their belief that these candidates will manage a district in which they have children enrolled better than the incumbent members of the board majority have been running the district. (The Campbells, unlike the ESI couple, live in Tucson, have children enrolled in TUSD schools, have a demonstrated history of concern with TUSD and philanthropic investment in TUSD.) The supposed connection between The Campbells' businesses and their political activities is purely speculative and entirely un-proveable in a context where they have many other valid and easily understandable reasons to be taking an interest in the TUSD Board race. With the ESI donation, what other interest can that Phoenix couple have had in a Tucson-area school board race, besides their interest in the fact that the firm employing the husband had just been granted a multi-million dollar contract on the vote of the two candidates to whom they donated? Their expressed reasons for taking an interest are nowhere near as plausible as the Campbells' clearly expressed reasons for taking an interest, which include that their children have experienced problems in TUSD schools as a result of the way the district is being managed by its current leadership.

Kathy Campbell has a master's degree in education and teaching experience and is better qualified than most people who take an interest in TUSD to recognize valid educational methods when she sees them. She has been a generous supporter of and advocate for TUSD for many years and in many different contexts. For partisans who support the Board majority in this district to disparage her and imply, based on pure speculation, that her efforts are motivated by business concerns and not by a genuine concern for students is both implausible and inexcusable.

The board majority in this district proposes to run a bond campaign in the future. Perhaps these politicians and the CEO they selected should be asking themselves how exactly they expect to garner the public support necessary to do that if this is how their affiliates and supporters treat business leaders who donate, volunteer, and take an interest in the district's affairs. Tucson residents have every right to support and oppose the campaigns of anyone they please. Business people, like others, have a right to participate in the political process and there have been no documented instances of the Campbells failing to be completely honest and open about what they are doing politically, how they are doing it, and why they are doing it. If in the future candidates to whom they have donated vote to award one of their businesses a contract when there have been other bidders who can credibly be said to be offering the district a better deal, there will be cause for concern. Until such a thing occurs, all these speculations and insinuations are without foundation and are not worthy of the time it takes to read them.

In the context of the dishonest and unprofessional way this district has been run since this Board majority took over, putting up signs that say "Change the Board" is one of the sanest and most civic-minded things anyone could have done. Safier fails to mention that in a town like Tucson, business people who need to obtain permits for the work they propose to do may actually be risking damaging their enterprises by openly opposing some of the entrenched politicians on the TUSD Board who have connections in city and county agencies, but it would never occur to Safier to make note of that while he tries, ineffectively and entirely unpersuasively, to drag the name of civic-minded Tucson residents who have done nothing wrong through the mud. Over the course of the last three years, Safier has made what he is completely clear: not a progressive, not an advocate for sound educational methods or humane treatment of students in the schools, but a petty propagandist who can always be relied upon to defend the operations of an entrenched, ugly political machine and its soiled operatives. He has, in the past defended many things that are indefensible, including Sanchez's compensation package and his management of the desegregation order. That he is now stooping to the level of resorting to these kinds of smear tactics on his friends' political opponents is, as was said above, beneath contempt.

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Posted by Ugly tactics used by ugly entrenched political machine on 10/11/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “More on the Financial Backers of 'TUSD Kids First'

Mr Safier is connecting dots that don't exist.

We are used to that Jim. He creates the dots and then connects them for us. But most of us aren't having it.

TUSD must change or be eliminated. he knows it.

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Posted by Debra L on 10/11/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “More on the Financial Backers of 'TUSD Kids First'

Dear Sorry,

Mr Safier is connecting dots that don't exist. It would be like someone saying Kristal Foster is trying to destroy TUSD to make Sunnyside better since she works at Sunnyside. Ludicrous. Believe it or not, people in business do have kids in school and in our case, kids in TUSD. We have felt the direct impact of the struggles of TUSD and our kids have been harmed. My wife did not donate all her time and treasure into TUSD expecting anything in return. Yup, sometimes business people truly do care about their kids welfare as well as the teaching environment they learn in. We not only have a stake in TUSD as parents but also as business people. In order for Tucson to be more successful and not be one of the poorest cities in the US we need higher wages and productive businesses. This all starts with our public schools being A rated and overachieving. It is as simple as that.

As for work, OasisTucson and/or Mesquite Homes will never bid on another TUSD project. We did it previously to try to help the district and the City bridge the gap of two very different visions. That scenario is completely different than taking $10,000 from a vendor up in Phoenix with no other interest in Tucson or TUSD. As my father used to say this is a typical situation where the Board majority is trying throw mud to cover up their own crap (he used another word).

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Posted by Jim Campbell....again. on 10/11/2016 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Conservative AZ Leaders to TUSD: 'Let's You and Him Fight'

That is a lot like saying that every driver has broken speed limits so let's ticket them all. It is no secret that MAS encouraged hatred and division of American citizens and illegal entrants. That serves no purpose unless it is a campaign platform for an election.

Yesterday was Columbus Day and approximately 70% of workers did not have a holiday to celebrate it. Why? Many have been told that Columbus was racist and for that reason have sought to eliminate any holiday honoring him.

Do you know Columbus was a racist or did somebody tell you?

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Posted by George S on 10/11/2016 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Conservative AZ Leaders to TUSD: 'Let's You and Him Fight'

George S., I'd like to beg to differ. MAS was a rigorous academic program that was known within Tucson High as having some of the more difficult and demanding classes of the school. It presented students with tools for critical analysis on our society's most entrenched problems. I don't see that it had anything in particular to do with Affirmative Action. But programs to address past discrimination seem perfectly legit to me. Multiple studies have confirmed that in the '60s and '70s minorities were singled out for punishment at 3-4 times the rate of white students in the schools. (A black or Latino student would get a penalty much worse for the same infraction.) What's wrong with trying to correct a past injustice?

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Posted by Jacob Bricca on 10/11/2016 at 9:46 AM

Re: “More on the Financial Backers of 'TUSD Kids First'

Mr. Campbell simply isn't being honest when he says Oasis and Mesquite Homes have no interest in TUSD land when they put MULTIPLE multi-million dollar bids on multiple parcels.

Whether Mr. Campbell likes it or not, the fact is that these kinds of campaign contributions along with these kinds of business dealings look extremely suspect. They are THE EXACT same kinds of complaints that TUSD Kids first is making about current members of the TUSD board. We have a word for this sort of thing, it's called hypocrisy, and it deserves to be called out. Kudos to Mr. Safier for doing it.

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Posted by Sorry Mr. still stinks on 10/11/2016 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Conservative AZ Leaders to TUSD: 'Let's You and Him Fight'

Social justice is the Affirmative Action Program from the 80s where we gave people jobs based on skin color rather than ability.

Too much college can make you stupid.

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Posted by George S on 10/11/2016 at 9:30 AM

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