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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch

Re: “Private School Vouchers Are Bad For Arizona. Discuss.

I sure hope they do. It will help straighten out TUSD much faster.

9 likes, 29 dislikes
Posted by Concerned Mom on 01/04/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “The Frat Boys on the Bus: A Look Into the Future

Eugene Robinson is a racist. And he knows it.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Matt Lives Blacker on 01/04/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Looks Like the Office of Congressional Ethics Is Still in Business—For Now

Thanks for the update. Though I didn't vote for McSally I let her know and gave her a thumbs up for her resistance to this blatant over-reach by other elected members of congress. Hey, if they're not guilty of anything then what's to fear, eh?

20 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by blissinfinite on 01/04/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Lion

Great story and the young actor who plays Saroo is amazing!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by zeeman on 01/04/2017 at 6:07 AM

Re: “Michael Carbonaro Ticket Giveaway

Always add a pinch of onion powder to the pot before brewing water for tea.

Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 01/04/2017 at 6:02 AM

Re: “The Frat Boys on the Bus: A Look Into the Future

Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by Sunriser on 01/04/2017 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Lion

Probably just commie, left-wing bullpucky like this rag always endorses.

Happy Merry New Holiday Zone!

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 01/04/2017 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Michael Carbonaro Ticket Giveaway

Is this some kind of trick?

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tucson Weekly Effect on 01/03/2017 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Looks Like the Office of Congressional Ethics Is Still in Business—For Now

...ain't that a fact....

4 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Danehick Sux on 01/03/2017 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Looks Like the Office of Congressional Ethics Is Still in Business—For Now

This publication is not intended to improve the local economics or politics for the benefit of it's citizens.. It has much loftier goals.

I just can't remember what they are.

7 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Allen S on 01/03/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Looks Like the Office of Congressional Ethics Is Still in Business—For Now

Gee Nintzel, how about a local article on Chuckleberry's newly inflated salary and monthly $550 free car allowance (which would cover a lot of Tucsonan's monthly mortgage payment) - instead of this Washington DC crap which is totally irrelevant to anyone (other than the slimy Congressman who voted for it)???

Just a thought....

5 likes, 30 dislikes
Posted by Danehick Sux on 01/03/2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Looks Like the Office of Congressional Ethics Is Still in Business—For Now

I am starting to like the "actions by tweet," so I can see true cause and effect. The media is too slow and biased to be trusted with press conference questions. By the time they ask and get answered, news has become history.

Keep them honest Donald. He doesn't have to worry about stepping on Republican toes.

7 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Debbi L on 01/03/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Save Our Guns

There you go again, Pastor. Speaking in facts. Anti- gunners don't want to know about them.

1 like, 7 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 01/03/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “The City Of Tucson Makes a Statement

Those clowns wouldn't know decency and morality if it jumped up and bit them in the ass. (Head?) As far as Trump goes I suggest you build a bridge and get over it.

1 like, 14 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 01/03/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “'Classrooms First' Report. What It Means For Arizona Education

As a former (retired) head of the charter school oversight division of a large public school system outside of Arizona, I am appalled that tax dollars are given to privately run charter schools with almost NO OVERSIGHT OR ACCOUNTABILITY! The governor and legislature are guilty of using taxpayer dollars to line the pockets of charter school administrators without ensuring the money goes to students.

I am not anti-charter school; I provided oversight to some fabulous, well-run charter charter schools...and I also was responsible for closing ones that provided mind-blowingly poor education and/or defrauded the public in jaw-dropping ways you had to see to believe.

This state needs to be brought into the 21st century ... requiring cursive writing standards is not the way to prepare students for 21st century jobs. Clearly AZ's government "leaders" want to keep some of our children second class citizens while making their friends and the rich richer. Who says there is no caste system in this country?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Judy Higelin on 01/03/2017 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Has Arizona Reached Peak Charter?

Charter Schools: Report profits. Report salaries. Report all budget lines. Or don't accept tax money.

17 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by You Are NOT A Private Corporation If You Take Tax Money on 01/03/2017 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Has Arizona Reached Peak Charter?

Mr Safier

You are conflating different numbers either out of ignorance or negligence.

190,000 would include pre-school and fully count K.

180,000 is ADM from the state would not include preschool and only counts part time student fractionally, like .5 for K.

For FY 2015 charters ADM increased 7.3% while the state student enrollment overall increased 3.98%. The FY 2014 increase for charters was 7.1%, while AZ Charters said enrollment grew at 5.8% for FY 2017 at the same time that district enrollment grew at 0.5%.

Finally you wrote...

"Over a million students attend district schools."

Where did you get this statistic from? According to ADE for FY 2016, Oct 1 enrollment was...

Charter School 175535
Elementary School District 253542
Juvenile Facility 210
School District - Accommodation 2102
School District - High School 98488
School District - Unified 594838
Arizona 1124715

That would be 948970 for district schools. Not over a million.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Cynthia Weiss on 01/03/2017 at 7:18 AM

Re: “The City Of Tucson Makes a Statement

Just looking at these comments evolving through the years (and I admit to occasionally ripping right in there) is indicative of the country and maybe the globe getting knee-jerked around. With the new president's mentality, we all need to get ready for vindictive pronouncements, lower ethical behavior, secret back room deals and impulsive, repulsive reactions. Agree with the City's pronouncement or not, they are taking a stand based on morality and decency as they see it.

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sunriser on 01/03/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Has Arizona Reached Peak Charter?

Response to "Supporting Public Ed Means Supporting Local Reform"

Your description is not anecdotal at all, it is replete with measurement and your conclusions are correct - the school enacted defective policy that resulted in worse outcomes for almost everyone.

It is likely that TUSD administrators were reacting to changes made to the US News and World Report scoring for the Best High Schools in America. 25% of that score is based on the percentage of students taking at least one AP class. However, their strategy resulted in them going down, not up. From 2015 to 2016, they dropped from #8 to #24. But, one sparrow doesn't make a spring.

There is a bigger issue here than a simple one step policy by a single school in response to a national ranking scoring system. Schools are always reshaping themselves to accommodate education culture. Is that culture scientific, or is it mythical? Take the US New and World report ranking system. The system is entirely based on Advanced Placement exams. Understandable, there is a huge correlation between AP results and college success. However, when NELS followed 8,000 students from 8th grade till adulthood, the correlation with college success vanished for all AP classes with the exception of Calculus.

For all the hoopla, AP isn't likely helpful to any student for school nor should it be a determining factor for a parent making a choice about a school.

You can see this when examining the most spectacular success story of US News - BASIS schools. The BASIS school system has schools ranking 2nd, 3rd and 6th among the 20,000 plus schools analyzed by US News - amazing. However, when you analyze their results of BASIS as a system and compare them with other Arizona schools, a different story emerges. There are over 50 schools with larger scale score gains in reading and math than the BASIS system in Arizona.

Further, when you examine their student population as a cohort over 5 years, they average the 58th Student Growth Percentile, a sizable chunk above the statewide average. However, when you examine their students when they are not in BASIS, those students average the 56th percentile. Scientifically, there's not much evidence that these top ranked schools are even above average or that their AP strategy is beneficial to their students.

The very first school I examined as a State Senator in 1993, had the highest test scores in the state, over the 94th percentile. However, as I examined those scores, I realized that they had gone down from the year before. Finally, it dawned on me that I might be looking at a below average school.

Nothing much is what it seems in public education.

7 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by on 01/02/2017 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Has Arizona Reached Peak Charter?

Both Starcommand and Concerned Mom are correct.

Starcommand is right that as citizens, we need to support public education. Part of "supporting" it is telling the truth about what state it is in and what is ACTUALLY happening in the schools. Another part of "supporting" it is keeping the pressure on local and state level officials to do what is necessary to IMPROVE it.

Concerned Mom is right that as parents, until the Pima County Democratic Party gets a clue and starts holding malfeasant TUSD governing board members and the chief administrator they oversee ACCOUNTABLE, we as parents need to continue removing students from TUSD. I've watched two election cycles in this district closely now, 2014 and 2016. In 2014 both malfunctioning incumbents were re-elected, Hicks and Grijalva. In 2016, two of the three malfunctioning incumbents were re-elected, Stegeman and Foster, and a third candidate who knows very little about the actual workings of the district was elected to a powerful swing vote position, over three candidates that were all more well informed about TUSD and more qualified to serve on its Board.

When the electorate in a democratically controlled district serving almost 50,000 students is this poorly informed about what kind of leadership it will take to improve services to students, that is a very serious problem. And this blogger (David Safier) is a devoted servant of a local Democratic Party that actively seeks to block the delivery of accurate information to the public and to distract them from information they should be taking into account when they vote, like Kristel Foster and her support of the outsourcing of substitute teachers and her receipt of a large campaign donation from the for-profit company to which labor was outsourced.

When will you admit, David, that what you are doing here month after month and year after year is the very thing that undermines the legitimacy of the public school system you supposedly support? Telling the TRUTH about it is necessary, if the democratic control mechanisms that are to ensure its proper functioning are to be given the chance to work as they should.

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by For democratic control to work, tell the electorate the TRUTH. on 01/02/2017 at 10:18 AM

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