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Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

Dear Patric Hedlund,

Has the franchise contract been changed to allow the elimination of the public access facility? yes

What are the levels of franchise fees being collected by the city in the last three years? unknown, the City won't say

Has there been a drastic change in fee collection by the carrier? Highly unlikely

More info? See if your Councilmembers will respond... Thanks for caring!

Posted by JH on 05/18/2015 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Jackson Tavern Closes After a Five Month Run

Fusion tacos. Been done in Tucson now. Check.
New England-Style fare. Been done in Tucson now. Check.
Next victim(s), please!
Five months, seriously?
Rhode Island, seriously?

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Posted by truttman on 05/18/2015 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

Oh but look at the bright side: there's now another building ripe for just what downtown is shrieking out for: a new Mexican fusion bistro featuring locally "curated" nopalito salads and margaritas hand-"crafted" using small-batch microbarrio tequila from cruelty-free blue agaves. Honey, why should we spoon when we can Urbanspoon together!

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Posted by Al Tam on 05/18/2015 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Jackson Tavern Closes After a Five Month Run

Alhtough the lobster roll wasn't NE good...it certainly was the best Tucson had to offer. I'd give it a b minus,,,,,while The Hub downtown who touts great Lobster Rolls.....Id give a D! If you want a Lobster roll to die for...track down THE MAIN LOBSTER LADY food truck in the Phx area All winter and Spring...Amen

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Posted by Emmett Perrini on 05/18/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Jackson Tavern Closes After a Five Month Run

What's wrong with Little Rhody? I've had excellent clam rolls there. Some serious anti southern New England trash talk
!

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Posted by DRW on 05/18/2015 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Jackson Tavern Closes After a Five Month Run

The concept didn't take off because they didn't serve very good New England-style food. Their research was conducted in Rhode Island. Seriously.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 05/18/2015 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

Served its purpose. Prolly time to move on. So few viewers...

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Posted by Cranky Cowboy on 05/18/2015 at 9:14 AM

Re: “The New Best High Schools List

Gifted students deserve to have their needs met in our public school system as well. A college preparatory education should not be a privilege available only to the rich. The problem, increasingly, with publicly funded "college prep" schools (both charters like Basis and public "exam schools" like UHS) is that instead of providing a sufficiently broad curriculum that can meet the range of cognitive needs in the gifted population and allow for an appropriate level of involvement in extracurriculars, increasingly they force these students through a high-stress, AP-cram kind of curriculum in order to "milk" the student body for the ​AP enrollment rates they can produce and the effect these ​rates will have on inane rankings formulas. The​ rankings​ formulas are produced not by professional educators but by media entities who know that ranking schools increases their publications' circulation numbers. We increasingly have a situation where administrators keep their eyes on the scores and rankings and keep turning up the pressure on students in order to remain competitive with their rivals.

Ironically, the more policy changes are made that turn up the pressure on students, the less able these schools are to serve the needs of a socioeconomically diverse population. There are many ways in which this plays out, but this is one: The vast majority of students are stronger in some subjects and weaker in others. It is much easier for parents who can afford to pay for supplementary tutoring in subjects where their kids need extra help to keep them enrolled successfully in a school that requires you take the AP version of every subject. (It's true that some tutoring support is made available through the schools, but it is nowhere near the level of support that can be provided when parents are able to hire a highly qualified, regular private tutor.)

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Posted by Check the attrition rates... on 05/18/2015 at 8:11 AM

Re: “The New York Times Editorial Board Demands an End to Immigration Detention

While I agree, it's somewhat ironic that the NY Times, which has consistently advocated for policies that encourage illegal immigration, is now complaining about the inevitable results.

Posted by bslap on 05/18/2015 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

Has the franchise contract been changed to allow the elimination of the public access facility? What are the levels of franchise fees being collected by the city in the last three years? Has there been a drastic change in fee collection by the carrier? The contracts put in place when the agreement for interactive services were first designed, engineered and implemented were clear in their intent to establish city interactive services separate from public access. Public access was mandated of the service provider. Tucson had a franchise structure that was a national model. I was involved in developing that and of course I'm concerned to see it deconstructed. I'll watch for additional information.
Patric Hedlund

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Posted by Patric on 05/18/2015 at 7:04 AM

Re: “The New Best High Schools List

I also find it amazing that so many that scream about transparency in public schools ad nauseum, do not demand anything like that from charters. That is a huge hypocrisy. There are more and more investigations into the misuse of taxpayer money by charters and little is said about this by those that scream about public schools.

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Posted by Guardians on 05/18/2015 at 6:35 AM

Re: “The New Best High Schools List

I went to a private Catholic school which my parents paid for. I have no problem with private schools that the parents pay for. Basis has created its own private school on taxpayers' money. I also recognized years later that although I got a good education, I missed a lot by not attending a public schools. My children did not attend a private school or a charter and I am very happy about that.

I find public schools to have been well-rounded, and more like life in diversity however there are some who continue to want to destroy that. Today, the classes in public schools have a higher ratio of special education students (in the districts I am familiar with) and poorer people. Transportation to charter schools is not available and poorer, single parent homes can't do it. I applaud those who are fighting to expose some charters for what they are... run by corporations for profit that service those who can handle high stress and a difficult curriculum. That is a crime. Then there are those charters who can't deal with education and open and close on the taxpayers' money. Why are we pretending this segregation and misuse of taxpayer money is not happening? So that i am not pigeon-holing too much, there are many parents who work hard in public schools and support them who are not single-parent homes or poor. I am just saying that is the trend that I see happening. I also know there are some charter schools with dedicated teachers and are successful. However, I don't believe that is the majority and the independent studies also do not support that.

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Posted by Guardians on 05/18/2015 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Standardized Test Scores and Family Income

This is just another reason why I advocate for teachers. 'LET TEACHERS TEACH!!!" Plain and simple. If you are sick and visit the hospital the most important person to you at that moment is the doctor, During tax time the most important person at that time to you would be your accountant, when facing legal issues the most important person at that moment is your Lawyer. Like wise, when in school, the most important person to you at that time is your Teacher. Join me in spreading the phrase.."LET TEACHERS TEACH!!!"

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Posted by Juan M Morales on 05/18/2015 at 2:07 AM

Re: “Flat Avengers

I agree entirely. Ultron is parallel to Starscreen in terms of how annoying a villain can be, but the character becomes even more awry by taking on the mantle of Pinocchio, whom, to be fair, was used as an attempt to create a darker themed conflict throughout the film for which the Avengers could "assemble". And while the idea of the contrast proposed by taking something as lighthearted as Pinocchio and using it to fuel the antics of a crazed super-villain is not by any means unacceptable, it's portrayal in the film certainly was. The movie tries to make Ultron a "Joker" type villain, where there's a sense of sweetness to a character that eventually sours upon the revelation of his or her true self. Yet, instead of drawing us in and unexpectedly catching us off guard with some form of evil twist, the films portrayal of Ultron ultimately comes across as a really stale joke. We knew from the beginning that Ultron was going to be a bad guy, but what we didn't know was just how bad of a guy he was going to be. We'd eventually, of course, come to find out, but the outcome only made things worse. Fans wanted to see an iconic villain get some real hard-earned gritty action time on the big screen, but what they got was the cinematic equivalent of Skeletor sending his henchmen to fight He-Man and his allies in an never-ending cycle of good versus evil, with the exception being that Ultron was killed off so that good (spoiler alert) could prevail once and for all.

Overall, the movie lacks the serious setting that makes comic books and superheros so memorable. The film is more of a lighthearted fencing match between two English gentlemen than a brutal Wolverine-like fight to the death. And while both seem to be opposing extremes, there was no conceived notion to create anything between the two, hereby labeling this fraction of the blockbusting franchise as nothing more than useless and boring filler.

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Posted by vision-ary on 05/18/2015 at 12:56 AM

Re: “Renegade Roller Derby beginner training days!

there was a misprint, "Every Wed and Fri unless weather or holidays prevent it"
is actually every Monday and Friday. Wednesdays are actually our advanced scrimmage nights, but everyone is welcome to come watch!

Posted by Uzi Berrie on 05/17/2015 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Standardized Test Scores and Family Income

My brain hurts from all the nonsensical dumb coming from the crazed conservative trolls.

If you have the ability to drive your child across town, into the foothills, to attend school out of your failing neighborhood school you aren't poor. Duh. In fact, this is specifically what was so malicious and disgusting with the state legislator opening every single school to open enrollment. It guarantees every involved parent will collect into a handful of excellent schools, turning the rest into abysmal hell holes of perpetual failure.

How disgusting does an individual have to be to erroneously even believe most of Tucson's Mexican AMERICAN population is here illegally? This dolt must not be a native local or lived here long to be that freaking ignorant.

How oblivious to statistical fact do conservatives get? It's not news that family income is directly correlated to educational outcomes of children. It's not news that the American idealism of class mobility is not reality and that America has one of the lowest levels of class mobility of all " wealthy " nations. It's called fact folks. I know fact isn't popular with conservatives. This is a crowd that can say they're not bigots while calling every non white in Tucson an illegal alien. This is the crowd that denies global warming while denying the wealth gap. This is the crowd that touts charter schools while mentioning school lunches ( not provided at almost all AZ charters ). The same crowd that sees nothing wrong with guaranteeing children with impoverished parents stay impoverished. The same crowd that thinks poor people are open enrolling and driving far across town into good schools. It's just so sickeningly clueless.

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Posted by ELjaime on 05/17/2015 at 6:51 PM

Re: “The New Best High Schools List

@ Old Pueblo Independent:

RE the "Politics Uncuffed" post: I didn't read the comment stream, but the main post you link provides a pretty honest assessment of what Basis actually is. What this woman writes supports the view that Basis is more comparable with prep schools or exam schools than with public schools that serve more socio-economically and cognitively diverse student populations. This has been one of Safier's main points, here and elsewhere.

RE your question, "Why does Basis outscore everyone?": Many commenters (including a couple in the above stream) have pointed out that Basis's program design games the rankings system. Requiring students to take the AP version of courses in every subject area and tolerating and / or encouraging high attrition rates produces high rankings: if you look at the Washington Post ranking-generating formula, for example, the former practice raises the numerator, and the latter practice lowers the denominator. Both raising the numerator and lowering the denominator raise the quotient, which determines the ranking.

The sad part of this story is that some public "college prep" schools that used to base their policies and practices on an understanding of the need for breadth, balance, and flexibility in secondary education are yielding to the temptation to require enrollment in more AP's. Rather than aiming to rise in the rankings, public secondary schools should be aiming to support students' best interests and form well-rounded graduates. Students should not be forced into courses for which they are not ready. These types of policy changes encourage more people whose kids are on a college prep track to exit the public system and enroll in the private system, where they can still find schools that decline to engage in the rankings wars and that resist the damaging trend towards "data-driven" decision making.

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Posted by End the Rankings Arms Race on 05/17/2015 at 6:45 PM

Re: “The New Best High Schools List

Old Pueblo Independent's comments show a great deal of ignorance, and a significant lack of consideration of the many issues that teachers in public schools have to address in order to work toward meeting the varied needs of a public school population. We accept all students, and not just those whose parents are able to provide all of the opportunities that a middle to upper class income level makes possible. Do some actual research or maybe even go volunteer at a public school before you make such generalized comments.

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Posted by Proud to Teach on 05/17/2015 at 6:11 PM

Re: “The New Best High Schools List

Just read this, and the comments. This is how discussions should occur, and I will strive to do better in the future.

Now if we could just get David to leave his office and actually visit a BASIS school physically......

http://politicsuncuffed.com/education/the-secret-behind-those-highly-performing-charter-schools/

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Posted by Old Pueblo Independent on 05/17/2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “The New Best High Schools List

70% of students need to do better. I hope that a different private of public school will help them in their journey to graduation.

So, should we close all private and charter schools? Were has the venom been for the private Catholic Schools for the past 75 years?

What is the difference if a child is in an Honors AP program at a public school or attends BASIS?

Why does BASIS outscore everyone? All I see are a bunch of scared public officials afraid they are losing their golden tickets and stirring the pot.

Lets see a Public High School compete with BASIS and get into the top 20. I hope it happens, but hope only gets you so far.

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Posted by Old Pueblo Independent on 05/17/2015 at 4:15 PM

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