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Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

I am coming late to the party, but I just want to clarify one thing: I did not feel that I lost that Family Liaison position through retaliation, but maybe I did. At the time, I could not believe that a Magnet school with Title One money would have to choose between a reading specialist and a family engagement person. But there were strange and inexplicable things going on at the school at the time, and I, the principal and a person who had been the glue of the school (the Magnet Coordinator who also ran the after school sports program that produced so many district winners over so very many years) were all removed, one way or another before the following school year was very much underway. A new principal (BRAND new principal to a brick and mortars school) was brought in--ANOTHER thing that is not supposed to happen to Magnet Schools. When all of that happened, it was accompanied by a scary number of substitute teachers, (another thing that is not supposed to occur in Magnet Schools--and there was a Court order specifically about this: of course the District remains out of compliance on this too) and a number of families fled the school from the middle of the year on. That removed many of the more active families in the school. So there wasn't much of it that looked like it was good for the school. In retrospect and at the time, it certainly looked like the District was doing its best to close the school without really closing it (not the first time this has happened to that school) It certainly confirmed my thought that if you want to look for the GOOD in TUSD look to the teachers, the counselors, the underpaid people who are the closest to the kids. DON'T look to the District, where it seems that people get paid more and more the further they are from the kids. And finally, as to IECs, they are legal and completely unconnected to the campaigns they support, as David confirmed in the article. This is unlike taking money with no questions asked apparently from TUSD vendors very soon after voting in a 21 million dollar contract. That is really a testament to poor judgement and not asking the right questions, two characteristics that the TUSD Board does not need.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/25/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

I think I know what the "a." stands for.

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Posted by Used to be a teacher on 09/25/2016 at 8:20 AM

Re: “CM Punk and the UFC: Dishonorable and Disrespectful

This is probably the worst writing that I have ever observed in an ostensibly professional publication. It is not the just the grammar and the misspellings---this "writer" seems to not have the least idea how to express concepts and ideas through language. This "article" wouldn't receive a passing grade as a fourth grade book report. If the perpetrator of this offense against the written word has been paid even the slightest sum for said offense---then it makes what I could decipher of his garble as it concerns an unskilled person being paid for something he wasn't very good at extremely ironic.

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Posted by Kierkegaard on 09/25/2016 at 7:25 AM

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