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Re: “Glitter From Uranus

"Life on its own is sucky. It's bullshit..."

Seems like a weird comment by the associate publisher of a magazine dedicated to celebrating what makes life so great here.

Posted by GourdHead on 03/20/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

No advanced teaching degrees are required to surmise that TUSD's legal dept. will ever find any legal, ethical or policy violations within TUSD. This self-policing followed by their assurance does the opposite of building public confidence. We look forward to hearing more from the whistleblowers in monthly follow-up articles and on local news and talk shows. The only assurance whistleblowers have is bringing the retaliation to light as the legal community has professional experts that specialize in destroying the lives of people of conscience.

What is TUSD's WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION POLICY?

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Posted by the sad truth of it for whistleblowers on 03/20/2014 at 4:53 AM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

And the TUSD voyeurs have arrived!

HumanBean, there is actually a formal complaint that has been filed against the current principal and if you read the article, it was filed more than six months ago. As far as I know, there was no formal e complaint filed against Morado comparable to the one which is written about in the TW. And whether there was or was not, is irrelevant, we want the current situation dealt with and it is chicken-manure to use a claim that has never been made before (against Morado) to defend the current principal's obvious inability to manage the school. Teachers and staff have lost confidence in her; fights have escalated; bullying has increased; a fire was started on the campus, teachers and staff do not feel safe or supported and student safety has been compromised. (And these are just the things that have made it to the media.) . Ouch! Would anyone believe the current principal is doing a stellar job? Sure, Morado was not perfect as a principal, although, in hindsight- he is greatly appreciated. the bottom line is he did run a tight ship and the campus was safe. In the last couple of weeks Tucson High has been in the news for mostly negative reasons. Do you think that maybe the current leadership has something to do with that? Most of us do believe that there is a leadership vacuum at THMS. The indicators have all become public.

To suggest that it is time for an Asian American to be the principal just minimizes and dehumanizes minorities. Your lack of awareness is mind-boggling. HB- live up to your handle and become a real human; have some human integrity and compassion.

As for Marty- your hatred comes through much too often on TW comments and it is only a match to your ignorance. Have you taken half an hour to an hour to read the TUSD desegregation plan? If so,you must have missed the fact that student learning is a significant portion of the plan? For what it is worth, I have only recently read the plan, which should be required reading for everyone who works directly with students. Having read it, I now know that the plan is NOT being implemented at THMS and can only guess that THMS is not an exception to the rule. This is a court ordered plan that is being ignored by the TUSD administration. It is a plan that was stipulated by the TUSD Governing Board, along with the plaintiffs. Marty, try doing some level of research before spewing your hatred and ignorance.

For as long as the current principal has been in place she has blamed Morado for one thing after another. We thought that her attacks on him would stop after the first six months but they have continued. This is someone who lacks professional behavior and is incapable of owning up to her own failures. She will continue to blame Morado for the current issues and she will undoubtedly blame those who have spoken up by formalizing their complaints.

Take a look inward. Enough said.

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Posted by Teach4theloveofit on 03/19/2014 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Glitter From Uranus

Kanye is great tho

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Posted by Dan Hernandez on 03/19/2014 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

Somebody ought to ask Special Master Hawley how his desegregation plan...with its emphasis on promoting racial and ethnic consciousness...is working out. So long as race and ethnicity ...rather than student learning... is the prime focus for TUSD this crap will continue. The only changes will be in which groups are being favored and which are out of favor.

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Posted by Marty on 03/19/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

The former Mexican-American principal and the the current Black-American principal are both accused of the same thing? Maybe it is time for an Asian-American principal.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/19/2014 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

We are a group of THMS teachers and are so proud of the those who have so bravely exposed the problems on our campus and at central administration (1010). We speak without identity because of our fear of retaliation from our administration and from 1010. Some significant things have happened since Ms. Herreras’ article was published. We are thankful for her reporting.

1.On Tuesday, March 11th Sanchez announced that an investigation by the TUSD Legal Department would be conducted, as requested by the Board President. The investigation would look into the consultant that was awarded a contract and who was linked to Sanchez. We have followed the reporting by the Arizona Daily Star and are also thankful for their investigative reporting. Sanchez made contact with a consultant shortly after he learned that he would be the next TUSD superintendent. This was before he had a contract. He proposed to the consultant, that they work together and use the same template that they had already used while he was interim supt. in his small Texas school district. If this is not blatant pre-selection; what is?
2.The day following the Board meeting, the Arizona Daily Star wrote about the investigation that was conducted by the TUSD Legal Department and included a copy of the report. The TUSD Legal Department concluded that there were no legal violations. However, the report did not mention that public confidence has been violated by a superintendent who insists he did nothing wrong, apparently not understanding that integrity counts for something in Tucson. The comments that were posted on the article were very critical about the process of having the Legal Department, which reports to Sanchez, conduct the investigation. The comments said that the investigation could not possibly be objective. (The Legal Department is conducting the investigation on our campus. We all have a lot to say but not to the Legal Department!) It took a very short period of time for the Legal Department to conduct the investigation that was announced on March 11th, while the complaints filed by the Tucson High Magnet employees have reportedly been ignored for more than six months. The priorities are upside down in TUSD. The Arizona Daily Star article is at: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/education/planning-contract-legal-tusd-finds/article_a30dde3f-0906-5088-bb14-81b7f9eabf5a.html
3. On Wednesday, March 12th Sanchez visited the Tucson High campus. He met with the principal. Within minutes after he arrived most of us were aware of his visit. (With so much paranoia on the campus, people are communicating more.) The principal was obviously shaken by the meeting.
4. Later in he week she said that another meeting was scheduled for her by Sanchez at 1010 and that she was worried. She told some that she would have to “get political”.
5. She did meet with Sanchez and she took someone with her, who was not recognized right away. We learned from friends at 1010 that the person who escorted the THMS principal to her meeting with Sanchez is somewhat of an influential person in the corporate community. Her name is Daisy Jenkins. Teachers and staff at THMS want to know why a principal is allowed to have someone like Jenkins attend a meeting that was scheduled for the two of them. Non administrators, such as teachers and staff are not allowed to bring outside representatives with us to our meetings with management. Have all of the principals/administrators who have been called into Sanchez’ office to discuss concerns been allowed the same privilege? We looked Jenkins up and found the following: http://www.unitedwaytucson.org/daisy-m-jenkins-bio

THMS has had very negative press over the last two weeks which has finally exposed a severe weakness in our leadership. Why would this principal be allowed to make the situation “political” and bring someone of influence with her to a meeting with the supt.? Is this another…”it is who you know that counts?”

We are disgusted with the situation at Tucson High and with what is being modeled at 1010.

Community stay alert!

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Posted by BringBackBadgerPride on 03/18/2014 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Once More Unto the Breach

How many SS's have gone on to be Gov of AZ - Rose Mofford, Jan Brewer, Jane Hull, Bruce Babbit (AG when SoS not eligible), Wes Bolin... We can only hope that whatever nutjob the Republicans get into office doesn't last long.

Posted by susie on 03/18/2014 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Once More Unto the Breach

This is kinda clever. Let the Republicans elect whatever loony they can dig up (cuz they're FOSSILS, get it?), and then when the new guv does something unforgivable, as they so often do, then our guy coasts into office like Rose or Jan. Kudos!

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Posted by Hurri on 03/17/2014 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

There is a similar situation at Pueblo HS! HT met with their staff recently!

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Posted by Pueblo Class of 2012 on 03/16/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

TW, please do not abandon these whistle blowers or close the comments section at TUSD counsel's request. This retaliation against TUSD whistle blowers requires the public to take a closer look at TUSD's legal counsel, counsel is aware that allowing a hostile work environment to persist is wrong (and unlawful), what excuse could they have for allowing the complaint to be "lost" and failing to take proactive and responsible action? Negligence to perform one's legal duty to protect and uphold the law is an injustice to the entire staff, students, school reputation and taxpayers. Upholding the law is the best shield against class action and ill public perception.

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Posted by no no dereliction of duty to whistle blower protection on 03/16/2014 at 4:45 AM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

After working for TUSD for 13 years, then being fired along with the entire faculty and staff for our school "underperforming." (and as it turned out we were NOT underperforming, it was a political move on the part of an assistant superintendent), no amount of corruption surprises me.

Though our firing was unwarranted, unethical, and the result of a corrupt alliance between the asst. supt. and the principal of another school, God protected me and I wound up in a much better situation.

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Posted by Tom Crawford on 03/15/2014 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

If your kid has disciplinary problems at Tucson High, or any TUSD school, the main issue isn't how the "punishment" is netted out (I would guess it is to help the student so that he/she can function in society), but the main issue is that the child has a conduct issue. I can see some parents blaming the principle, saying, "well, the black kids get away with a lot, my kid always gets punished it's not fair."

No, it is not fair to other students that your child is disrupting schoolwork and activities. And if the principle "goes easy" on some black students, then they just continue on thinking their behavior is OK, and it gets them in trouble down the line when there isn't a friendly principle to help them avoid dealing with the issues.

I think there is an attitude among some in Tucson, who want to blame everything on racism.

Behavioral problems: racism
Education achievement problems: racism
Kids get bored in class: the curriculum is racist

With all the finger pointing, it would be hard for a sense of community to develop at Tucson High.

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Posted by Arthur Schlotzsky on 03/15/2014 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

It is shameful for anyone in a position to lead teachers and support staff to abuse their power! Regardless of race! If past or present superintendents are failing principals, teachers, laisons, monitors, and suppor staff then WE tax payers should become involved, so that our children are attending schools fully staffed by staff by adults who have their best interest at heart! So, perhaps in the future AZ does not rank as one of the worst states for raising children!

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Posted by Concerned for Children on 03/14/2014 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

As THS Alumni '11, I can attest on behalf of the liasions. Having liasions on campus was like having family who protected you or helped you get your head on straight. They all served as mediators and mentors not just as security. It's really disheartening to see that they are labeled as "hall monitors" when in reality, they brought so much more to the THS community. Abel Morado, as well as other THS staff know the worth of the THS liasions simply because they made life easier. I sincerely hope that the voices of these staff members are heard and not suppressed as they have been for these past 6 months. THS (and other high schools) could benefit from the knowledge that these people carry within, but unfortunately, they are just hall monitors.

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Posted by THS11 on 03/14/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

As a veteran Tucson High teacher, I am saddened by the fact that the only way to get any help with the crisis at our school is through the press. A lot of us have tried to go through the district with our concerns and found that no one wanted to listen to us.

The leadership vacuum at our school is a ticking time bomb. While others may argue that Dr. Clash's cronyism is a sign of chauvinism, I would argue that it is a sign of someone confronted with challenges so far over her head that she is simply grasping for the familiar.

We had our first real faculty meeting in three years recently. The room was filled with angry teachers. There is no tardy policy at the school and no phone number to call in an emergency that gets answered on a consistent basis. Teachers need these simple things to do our jobs.

Is it to much to ask to say we need a principal who is willing to consult with us? Many of us are ready and willing to help an administration succeed. But we can't do it if our offers of help are ignored.

Clearly, Dr. Clash has to go. Please send us someone who cares more about education than their own self -image.

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Posted by Tucson teacher on 03/14/2014 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Pushing for Public Education

One commenter asked for more information about the Network for Public Education. For those interested, here are the links.

Network for Public Education: http://www.networkforpubliceducation.org

NPE News Briefs: http://www.networkforpubliceducation.org/n… (You can get the news briefs in daily emails by Subscribing in the right hand column.)

NPE Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/networkforpublice… ("Like" the page, and individual news briefs will arrive on your FB page throughout the day.)

Posted by David Safier on 03/14/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Pushing for Public Education

How exactly are public schools "Nest eggs and trust funds for teachers"?
That statement makes absolutely no sense. You should become a more informed person, before you start spouting foolishness on a public forum. Sadly there are many who feel similarly and who are similarly misinformed. I am in my eighth year of teaching and I work another part time job as well as tutor to make ends meet for my family. I spend my own money to provide supplies for many of my students who come to school without them, and I spend my own money to purchase books for my classroom library to encourage my students to read by providing them with choices of what they would like to read. I have paid for lunches for students who cannot afford them and work evenings, some weekends, and a portion of every break that I get to provide quality lessons that will engage my students and motivate them to learn. How is it possible that teachers are the problem? The teachers who I know and who I have encountered work above and beyond their contract, use their own money, and never quit on their students. That should be appreciated and not looked down on.

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Posted by Katharine North on 03/14/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

It's true that under Morado there was a huge slant in the other direction. We had many conversations with him simply asking the boys soccer coach to coach in English, he refused to address this in any way.

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Posted by former badger parent on 03/14/2014 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Pushing for Public Education

I am grieved to see uninformed people casually discussing the merits of tossing aside a system of public school education that has been the envy of the world. I work closely with hundreds of public school teachers and assure you they are working at unsustainable levels to comply with senseless, draconian mandates issued by people who know nothing about the developmental needs of children, nothing about teaching in challenging settings, and nothing about creating the conditions necessary for learning. But since everyone has been to school, they feel entitled to weigh in on the matter, even if they have not stepped foot inside a school for many years.

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Posted by Susan Adams on 03/14/2014 at 8:10 AM

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