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Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

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.

49 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 02/15/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

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!

28 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by What, Again on 02/15/2017 at 1:27 PM
Posted by TUSD should be ashamed on 02/15/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Trump Is Going to Fall, Hard, Sometime During the Primaries

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.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/15/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Does TUSD Board Member Rachael Sedgwick Want to Fire Superintendent, General Counsel at the Tuesday Board Meeting?

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.

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Posted by Supporting Local Reform Means Abandoning TUSD on 02/15/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Does TUSD Board Member Rachael Sedgwick Want to Fire Superintendent, General Counsel at the Tuesday Board Meeting?

Go Rachel. get to the bottom of this mess. Tucson deserves better.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/15/2017 at 9:35 AM
Posted by Filterman on 02/15/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Does TUSD Board Member Rachael Sedgwick Want to Fire Superintendent, General Counsel at the Tuesday Board Meeting?

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?

33 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by sgsmith on 02/15/2017 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Does TUSD Board Member Rachael Sedgwick Want to Fire Superintendent, General Counsel at the Tuesday Board Meeting?

And it was door #3...pulled from the agenda. Were there threats made?

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Posted by Rat T on 02/15/2017 at 6:17 AM

Re: “Does TUSD Board Member Rachael Sedgwick Want to Fire Superintendent, General Counsel at the Tuesday Board Meeting?

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.

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Posted by Or, just pull the item. on 02/14/2017 at 7:04 PM
Posted by What, Again on 02/14/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Court Settlement Forces Fish and Wildlife to Have a Recovery Plan for Mexican Gray Wolves by 2017

Please don't spread lies. The "dreamers" do not get free health care, college, housing, food and retirement benefits.

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Posted by Mary Tris on 02/14/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Does TUSD Board Member Rachael Sedgwick Want to Fire Superintendent, General Counsel at the Tuesday Board Meeting?

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.

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Posted by Whichever way it goes, they want us to watch. on 02/14/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Fiamme Pizza Napoletana Restaurant Now Open

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.

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Posted by PickyPalate on 02/14/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Does TUSD Board Member Rachael Sedgwick Want to Fire Superintendent, General Counsel at the Tuesday Board Meeting?

"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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Posted by What, Again on 02/14/2017 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Does TUSD Board Member Rachael Sedgwick Want to Fire Superintendent, General Counsel at the Tuesday Board Meeting?

Perhaps the Machine has taken enough hits from Sanchez's incompetence and they're now ready to dump him, just as they dumped Cam Juarez and made him the fall guy for a contractor donation scandal of which Kristel Foster was equally guilty.

No telling which way it will go. The only people who ever know what's going on in this district are those who are made privy to the behind-the-scenes conversations that determine what the Machine's next damage-control, self-protective move will be.

The sad thing is that no matter who the latest Board member or administrator victim is of the wrecking ball this network swings erratically now one way and now another, it's always the students in this district that seem to end up getting damaged the most.

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Posted by No telling which way it will go. on 02/14/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

UMC had serious care issues before Banner. I don't wanna gross you out with personal experiences of my self and family members. 10X better care @ St. Joes (clean, explained procedure, calm collected bedside manner, etc.); I'm not sure why UMC always had such a good rep and they didn't; my experiences have been the opposite of what I've heard. I did know a lot of UMC staff tho, I guess they were biased.

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Posted by desertrat on 02/14/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

Romans 4:4 ESV

Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.

Why then would God treat those doing His work as less than the vineyard workers?

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Posted by Rat T on 02/14/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Does TUSD Board Member Rachael Sedgwick Want to Fire Superintendent, General Counsel at the Tuesday Board Meeting?

How fitting they should hold the meeting at the vacated Duffy location. That was one of the first TUSD schools to be destroyed. Metaphorically speaking that is.

Way too much politics.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/14/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

Frances Perkins - who are you to set the goal post, judge who is and who is not a "True Christian"?

So to you no "True Christian" would have a business enterprise in the United States of America? No "True Christian" would have a job as a teacher and accept a salary?

Notice to all retired Christian public school teachers - return your retirement checks or be condemned, according to the almighty frances perkins.

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Posted by What, Again on 02/14/2017 at 12:02 PM

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