Once again, you prove yourself to be an extremely non-objective blogger. I'm not sure why The Weekly allows you to write for them; I assume you all have personal bias regarding TUSD, including your editor. I have seen your posts to Kristel Foster on her Facebook page, most recently the ones where she gathered her followers to support HT Sanchez at the board meeting last night. As far as your opinion on Rachael Sedgwick, you are misguided and obviously personally aligned with other school board members. Ms. Sedgwick has been visiting many schools in TUSD since she was elected, and has shown up at some of the schools that have lost their magnet status, expressing sincere concern and offering help. She's an intelligent and thoughtful person, and she has the integrity to question the unfortunate and apathetic status quo in TUSD.
The Latino plaintiffs' representative has expressed her perspective on Foster's highly tendentious, unverifiable and quite possibly slanderous account of what led to Sedgwick's submission of the agenda item. Both Campoy's response and Foster's alarmist e-mail, which was circulated to undisclosed recipients together with a plea to show up at the Board meeting and make their Sanchez-supporting perspectives heard, are available for review here:
And many sycophants who are too ignorant or naive to recognize malfeqsance when they see it and / or who had something to gain by brown-nosing the PCDP-affiliated TUSD Board members and their little-boy-whose-naughtiness-must-always-be-excused Superintendent heard the summons and dutifully provided their nauseating commentary in the Call to the Audience at last night's Board meeting, together with a few ever-dwindling representatives of sanity and social justice, like Copeland and Putnam-Hidalgo.
"Board watchers, stay tuned?"
Board watchers: think better of your TUSD addiction and find a more worthwhile way to spend your time. There is truly nothing to see here that hasn't been seen a thousand times before and won't be seen a thousand times again -- at least for those too stupid to learn the lesson and MOVE ON.
"I'm only going to indulge in a general discussion of the situation. There's so much heat and so little light on both sides of this battle, it's impossible for me to sort out fact from fiction or determine the difference between cause-and-effect and random incidents. The fighting is fierce, filled with leaks, rumors, accusations and strange bedfellows."
Interesting David. I wish you had admitted the same above when you gave all of your opinions on President Trump.
Why the double standard? Liberal bias. Once again.
Fat bloated school districts like Tucson Unified School District One are killing public education.
Ironically, TUSD was created to save money, but that was a very long time ago. Now, because of its highly politicized and dysfunctional culture, it is making a case for and helping charter schools drain funding and students away.
This also makes TUSD a poster child for politicians looking for a quick fix and money from the charter school industry and lobbies.
If you're looking for an agile, responsive, innovative and high-performance school district it is way past time to slim down TUSD into three or four smaller districts and stop trying to fit the poor old fat guy into the track suit he outgrew 50 years ago.
And the word came down from El Jefe Raul.
"There will be no discussion, no dissent."
And his disciples, his dependents said, "It will be.'
Break out the mariachis, Make Tucson Mexico Again!
Look at how many democrats were just flat wrong. So now all they can do is try to bring him down. Our country be damned I guess is how you view it when ideology trumps patriotism. There are many people enjoying the fruits of this country that hate it.
The representative for the African-American plaintiffs in the desegregation case spoke in the call to the audience last night and contradicted what the head of the teachers' union had said about the district being within a year of achieving unitary status and resolving the desegregation case. She said -- and there are other sources who track implementation closely who have said the same thing -- that implementation of the Unitary Status Plan has been so poor during the last three years, there is no way the goals can be achieved and the case resolved within that time frame. She spoke directly to Rachael Sedgwick and said something to this effect: "you've had a setback tonight, but hang in there and keep fighting to improve services to our students."
It's a struggle that will be ongoing, and the politics in the district make it very difficult for constituents or parents with children enrolled in the schools to stay well-informed enough to understand what's happening or to move any particular advocacy issue forward. The "players" in this game -- firms with multi-million dollar contracts with the district (including testing companies), unions, heads of Chambers of Commerce -- determine what happens and their priorities have little to do with delivering sound education or ensuring that the application of funds secures student benefit.
Reformers have been right to ask if the district structures through which public education has largely been delivered in the US are capable of reform. They are right to suggest that in many of our poor urban districts, it's the structure itself that needs to be broken up or modified before any real alignment between the goals and behaviors of school administrators and student benefit can be achieved.
There is nothing to be gained by reporting on a system that is incapable of reform, where every kind of student-benefit advocacy is doomed to failure by virtue of the way the system works and by virtue of whose interests (not the students') it is geared to protect.
Time to close the book on The Chronicles of Malfeasance. Those who've understood the moral of the story will invest their time, effort, and energy -- and enroll their children -- in small, well managed school districts that don't have TUSD's dysfunctions or in alternative charter and private schools where the administration's goals align with their values and priorities.
Go Rachel. get to the bottom of this mess. Tucson deserves better.
Congresswoman Giffords was shot and others were killed by an angry democratic supporter. The world has changed so the rules must be changed accordingly. Too many are attempting to get their way through violence.
Angry blacks were convinced that killing police officers was a way to "get even" for what they were told was happening, when in fact it wasn't even true. I have had to ignore most of the mainstream media as their lies have become evident that they do have an agenda.
This behavior has made it necessary to communicate with our representatives by phone, mail or email.
I wish many of you hadn't acted in such a selfish and childish way.
You nailed it. My all time fave rock song!
If Rachael Sedgwick won't pay $12 for a six ounce beer what makes you think she's for paying H.T. Sanchez his $270,000 yearly salary plus an annual $25,000 entertainment stipend plus two $25,000 bonuses for completing the two years remaining in his contract and an additional $16,200 for meeting "performance" goals?
I too recall going to an event at Saguaro HS many years ago. It was packed. It was hard on the folks on stage, but they could take it. I would go again. Rep. McSally is in my voting district She should go too. I get her newsletter, but it is not enough. Any upcoming event should be advertised well and in advance.
And it was door #3...pulled from the agenda. Were there threats made?
A third possibility materializes: the item will be pulled from the agenda.
Ah, The Chronicles of Malfeasance.
Tune in for the next episode of how to mismanage a massive public institution. And if you get bored in between meetings, there's always Safier's sad little blog and Kristel Foster's ignorant and self-serving Facebook posts to keep you entertained.
Aren't there four, or five? - Best post I've seen in years!
Please don't spread lies. The "dreamers" do not get free health care, college, housing, food and retirement benefits.
But which way will that be? They've found some way to frame what happens in the meeting so it looks bad for Sedgwick, or they're now ready to dump Sanchez? Building suspense in the audience about to tune in for the next episode of The Chronicles of Malfeasance...the only thing we can be certain of is that if Safier is publicizing it, there' s some reason the Machine thinks it will be beneficial to them to have the herd of PCDP sheep that follow Safier watching it.
We got a take-out Margherita pizza for lunch yesterday, and the crust and the sauce were excellent. The pizza was extremely thin, and there wasn't much cheese at all, so both of us were still hungry after eating it. We noted that the place does not offer wine and/or beer, and there is very little eat-in space. So it will be take-out only for us.
"No telling which way it will go."
I respectfully disagree, No telling which way it will go.
It will go the way Raul and Adelita Grijalva say it will go.
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