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

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

You are half right. Pima County is very full of ****.

3 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Dale Jensen on 09/23/2016 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: 'The Rovin' Kind' (with Tucson reference) by David Ruffin

Is David related to trumpet player Kermit? What a talent.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 09/23/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Quick Bites: Brunch-Hounds Rejoice!

“With the possible exception of breakfast, a meal without wine is just not civilized! ” —Julia Child

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Mitch Marcus on 09/23/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

No, you're where the hose goes when Pima County needs an enema.

7 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Peabo on 09/23/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

Charters exist and flourish because of public schools like TUSD. Try a little self exam. Trump will quadruple charter school numbers nationwide. get used to it.

6 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by There is a better way on 09/23/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

Rag on Marana all you want, at least we're not a gutless sanctuary city for criminals like Tucson is.

5 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Dale Jensen on 09/23/2016 at 9:35 AM

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

Most carpetbaggers who come out from the northeast to save us from ourselves show up with a lot of baggage. This guy is no exception. He has been a local joke long enough. Let him shine statewide so others can get a glimpse of what Marana is like.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Cascabel on 09/23/2016 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

How about if we just get rid of for-profit charters and ensure that charters are subject to the same financial transparency laws public districts are subject to? Then the discussion about what standards should be and how oversight takes place might actually turn into a meaningful dialogue, rather than ideologically driven, inaccurate propaganda backing the right of political machines and teachers' unions to keep their "market share" on the one side and the right of venture capitalists to chisel out a larger "market share" on the other side.

TUSD and districts like it are not functioning, for the majority of people using them, like educational institutions. They benefit networks of cronies, not students. If you don't understand this, you haven't been on the sites in these districts or watching their board meetings and the media coverage of their board meetings.
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/tusd-school-board-campaign-contributions-raise-red-flags/article_a89773ad-ff91-569f-84bd-b9543e92f343.html
http://tucson.com/news/opinion/tusd-superintendent-s-failure-to-disclose-link-erodes-confidence/article_35d75549-718c-5bea-a54e-6fee9181367b.html
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/new-details-emerge-in-grijalva-kin-hiring/article_674695dc-d25c-5912-936a-c6bd531d1bbb.html
http://tucson.com/news/opinion/tucson-unified-superintendent-s-percent-raise/article_2f0dd6fc-85ff-5ead-93e1-1b6f5e69b64d.html

If "choice" has been created, in part, to benefit venture capitalists, it has also been created, in part, to solve the problem of poor students being locked into districts like this where public funds will benefit the for-profit company managing the outsourced substitute teachers who teach in its classrooms instead of professionally qualified teachers, or the for-profit consulting company in which someone who gave the Superintendent a job recommendation is one of the principals, or the President of the Board's mother in law, or a Superintendent taking home close to $500K in total compensation this year in a district where teachers are paid -- literally -- poverty level wages. The current leadership of TUSD, including Safier's friends the Democratic Party insiders who currently control the governing board, run a public institution in a flagrantly malfeasant way and get away with it because their cronies in the Democratic Party and in the media do white wash jobs for them that manage to deceive enough constituents:
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/03/30/sen-steve-farley-this-is-not-your-fathers-tusd

People like Safier who try to give the impression that the entire charter sector is for-profit (which it is not) but remain silent about the fact that in quid-pro-quo infested districts like TUSD there's a whole lot of public money going, through improper bidding and hiring processes, to places (including for-profit companies) where it doesn't belong are dishonest partisan hacks.

15 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Try for ACCURACY, for once. on 09/23/2016 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

"The public is only dimly aware of the reform movement’s privatization agenda. The deceptive rhetoric of the privatization movement masks its underlying goal to replace public education with a system in which public funds are withdrawn from public oversight to subsidize privately managed charter schools, voucher schools, online academies, for- profit schools, and other private vendors."-Bill Moyers
http://billmoyers.com/2014/03/28/public-ed…

13 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/23/2016 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

Best education possible for our young people. Seems like a pretty simple goal that usually gets lost in the self serving education discussions. Economics 101 tells us that monopolies are not the best organization to deliver goods or services. They tend to serve the service provider and not the service recipient. Public schools are structured monopolies. If you don't want to use them you still have to pay for them, as well as the school system you select. Charter schools help keep the monopolies honest and offer an alternative to families who can't afford two tuitions. Assume the NAACP is carrying water for the school monopoly service providers/unions. Good to see someone going to bat for the Charter schools.

15 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by bsinn on 09/23/2016 at 5:05 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

The charter school movement is a Trojan Horse, the goal of which is to weaken the political power of teachers' unions. That is the main reason why it has attracted right-wing support. Conservatives only care about "school choice" when it involves their own children.

15 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Starcommand on 09/23/2016 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Quick Bites: Brunch-Hounds Rejoice!

Gee, I wonder how popular they'd be without the cocktails. The quote in the last sentence is the most dispiriting sentiment I've read all week.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Starcommand on 09/23/2016 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

Not all charters are for-profit. Some non-profit charter schools are doing a good job and have grass roots supports from parents and the communities surrounding them.

Stop the smear job, David. Your approach is, as always, too broad-brush to be meaningful or properly informative; it is ideologically driven partisan hackery.

How's TUSD doing serving the African American community?

What did we just hear about the last round of AZ Merit scores?
http://tucson.com/thisistucson/schools/two-thirds-of-tucson-students-fail-azmerit-for-second-year/article_a6dd106a-7c38-11e6-8aea-c796abf7c27d.html

Why do people want "choice"?

It's because districts like the one where your sadly underperforming friends control the governing board are not delivering high quality services to their students, David.

16 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Try for ACCURACY, for once. on 09/22/2016 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

How much longer are we as a nation going to allow, and even support, this idea that turning over public institutions to private business interests is good for the country. We have privatized schools, privatized hospitals, privatized prisons, privatized probation services with no end in sight and the only thing we have learned is they do not save money, they turn vulnerable people into revenue streams and they further the growing idea that nothing works in America anymore, which in turn has fueled the idea that somehow a businessman is going to save America.

21 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 09/22/2016 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Decoding Ducey-Speak on Education Funding

Jason Hartman says about Speaking of Wealth, it Shows focuses on strategies for speakers, publishers to maximize their income by promoting their knowledge and finding clients who value their skills.http://speakingofwealth.com/

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jason Hartman on 09/22/2016 at 5:02 AM

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

From the AZ Republic article, it seems like cornering was the most harmless thing Babeu did at the school. Strip-searching *minors*, withholding food and forcing them to shower in groups makes cornering sound like small potatoes. Eerily reminiscent of those notorious teen bootcamps like Straight, Inc. and Buffalo Soldiers, the latter of which was even condemned by Joe Arpaio, believe it or not.

Babeu sounds like a schmuck, and when you factor in strip-searches and group showers, a pervy schmuck at that.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 09/22/2016 at 12:51 AM

Re: “Looks Like Brother Dean Got Arrested For Kicking A Student In The Chest

He did take a brick to the face, I think? And a baseball bat to the head.


People are sweet though, and pull punches. He's lucky, at that.

Posted by Serena Simi on 09/21/2016 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Song of the Day: 'All Pop, No Star' by The Slingbacks

Nice tune, but The Boy Who Wanted a Heroine would get my vote. Even if, or perhaps because it does, remind me of the Smiths...

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Firsttimecaller on 09/21/2016 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Looks Like Brother Dean Got Arrested For Kicking A Student In The Chest

That jackass is lucky no one ever kicked him in the chest. Or somewhere further south....

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by skinnyman on 09/21/2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Learn About Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

When you are at a job you are not "just there to work". You do not automatically abdicate your humanity or medical needs when you go to work.

People do have some rights in the workplace, plain and simple. Employers do NOT have absolute authority over their employees, plain and simple. Laws strike the balance between the two. If you can't understand that, maybe you should crawl back under your rock and think about it for a few years.....

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by skinnyman on 09/21/2016 at 11:23 AM

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