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Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

People have been dying since people have been entering illegally. Solution is simple. Stop breaking our laws.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Nations Have Borders on 02/18/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “H.T. Sanchez's New Contract and Salary Deal

From reading these comments I must assume that most of the authors are ignorant to the fact that Dr Sanchez has donated large sums of his salary to individual school programs.

Posted by Ken on 02/18/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday, Feb. 21. Only One Item on the Agenda

Just ran into someone who had received their "quid" from TUSD and had been asked to pony up their "quo" in the form of a public thank you to TUSD's current administration in the Call to the Audience at the 2/21 Board meeting.

So it's clear that everyone in Tucson to whom the panicked "leaders" in this malfeasant district have been able to toss a few coins (and definitely those who hope to have a few coins tossed to them at some point in the future) will be lining up to create the impression that "This is the best administration TUSD has ever had!!!" and to offer their obeisance.

It will be a sick spectacle of "business as usual" in Tucson, for those who go in for that sort of thing. Right up David Safier's alley.

So get out your popcorn, David, and enjoy. (Though we know there will be no suspense involved for you because you'll know what the outcome will be well in advance, right? One of the many fringe benefits of being the most obedient little lapdog in town. You urge people to "stay tuned in," but I'm guessing those of us who know the TUSD drill -- i.e. anyone with a shred of intelligence who has had the misfortune of watching the district's clumsy operations for even a brief period of time -- will not be joining lapdogs like you and members of the general public uninitiated in the malfeasant mysteries of TUSD in watching this sad spectacle.)

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Posted by Why should anyone bother to "stay tuned in"? on 02/18/2017 at 1:49 PM

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

Were you at the Board meeting where they voted to award a $21 million contract to ESI, a manager of outsourced labor, "Sun Riser"?

What did that agenda item and vote mean? It meant already underpaid, long-suffering long-term subs, working one of the most difficult jobs people do locally -- walking into classrooms full of kids you don't know and trying to deliver something resembling "instruction" in very challenging circumstances -- had their wages reduced and their ability to qualify for benefits destroyed. Why? So that the district could off-load the tremendous management problem it had created for itself when their newly recruited, inexperienced 30-something-year-old Superintendent redistributed Title 1 money to reduce class sizes. This redistribution of federal funds meant to benefit poor students had the effect of creating a lot of impossible-to-fill positions in schools on the west and south sides serving primarily low income families. Long term subs, who in most cases don't have teaching certification, had to fill those positions. And then their labor was outsourced. And then an executive in the company to which the labor was outsourced gave two $5,000 donations to TUSD Board members running for re-election who had voted in support of the awarding of the $21 million contract. And no donation to the TUSD Board member running for re-election who had NOT voted in support of awarding that contract.

These are the sorts of things that can be observed in and around TUSD Board meetings if you are well informed and have done your homework, and if you are not distracted by the student mariachi bands and other BS that is trotted out in every meeting, specifically to entertain and mislead people who DO NOT do their homework.

I haven't read any commenters here that give me the impression they "want to hurt somebody," but I have read many commenters who give me the impression that they want this toxic, dysfunctional district to stop hurting its poor and minority students.

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Posted by TUSD needs to stop hurting disadvantaged students. on 02/18/2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

The partial wall we built is the reason these people are dying... Do you people who are promoting more wall "solutions" take pride in this?

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Posted by Cascabel on 02/18/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “What's Behind Tucson's International Wildlife Museum?

We teach our kids to be kind, loving beings from birth. We teach by providing a loving pet to grow with our children and encourage them on how to nuture and care for their pet. Then, when our children realize that there are people out there killing beautiful animals that simply are trying to survive in a vicious world, it's hard for them to comprehend the difference. Hell, it's hard for adults to comprehend the difference. We Americans criticize other nations for their barbaric killing and eating of dogs, cats, every kind of sea life and on and on but we slaughter animals simply for fun or thrills. It's a sickness to deliberately want to kill for the sake of killing. Now, there is a calling for those type of killing fools and it's called WAR. The people that like to kill should be the ones in the military for war. That way they can hunt to their hearts content, but they will also be hunted. Makes it more interesting. I call hunters with high powered rifles and tree stands and dogs and baiting a bunch of gutless weasels. Wish animals could arm themselves. I'd be the first to provide the weapons.

Posted by Fawn Robin Avant on 02/18/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “What's Behind Tucson's International Wildlife Museum?

I will never understand or accept the evil pos wild life killers who think they can just destroy every sentient being on this planet. Your time is coming and I hope I am their to witness your demise so I can stuff you and put you in a freaking museum and throw darts in your ugly face!

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Posted by Kimberlee Norton on 02/18/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday, Feb. 21. Only One Item on the Agenda

It's the ignorant who support keeping Sanchez in place just for the sake of continuity. The policy and funding allocation disasters of the last three years discussed in detail above make it clear to anyone who understands progressive education policy that what we've got here is someone in the driver's seat in this district who is undermining not just the proper functioning of a district serving tens of thousands of students, many of them disadvantaged, but the legitimacy of the broader cause of progressive federal education policy.

It could well be asked, and has been asked by many who understand the policy issues: how can we lobby for federal education dollars like Title 1 funds -- or for tax levies like desegregation supplements -- when this is what happens to them when they reach Southern Arizona? We need to be able to make a clear and well-documented case that the funds are being applied to provide significant benefit to the targeted populations. If there is no evidence of that kind -- and much evidence to the contrary -- we have no legitimate basis for saying to the "privatizers," "Poor students do not need to get out of these schools. They are being well served in public district schools, and here is copious evidence to document all the good that has been done with Title 1 and desegregation funds."

Is it really impossible to get a chief administrator in place who understands this? If so, then the privatizers have already won. Fold up your tent, "supporters of public education," and go home.

10 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by WHO Is Ignorant of the Policy Implications? on 02/18/2017 at 9:17 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

My case is proven, by none other than the defendant!

Thank you Your Honor.

The plaintiff rests.

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Posted by What, Again is a true racist, not a true Christian. on 02/18/2017 at 8:40 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

More about El Jefe Raul and his plans for your children in TUSD.

His young adulthood coincided with the peak of El Movimiento, the Chicano civil-rights movement that imbued him with what he later described as anger over how his public-school education had made [me] feel I wanted to be an Anglo.

During this period, Grijalva wrote for the Movimiento newspaper Coraje!a Spanish word meaning both Courage and Angerwhose front page bore the image of a clenched-fisted Chicano saying My race first and the motto Better to die on your feet than live on your knees. In 1969 Grijalva contributed to this publication a poem condemning white racism's clammy hand of hate.

My thanks to George S for the link!

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Posted by What, Again on 02/18/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

Make What, Again respectful and not a racist again!

Wait a second, he was never respectful and not racist.

He has said he is a Christian, but you can tell he's using that as a veil for his racism.

True Christians cringe at everything he decides to post.

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Posted by What, Again is a true racist, not a true Christian. on 02/18/2017 at 8:10 AM

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

I have been to a few school board meetings and heard them discuss agenda items that had actual little kids and educational programs under careful discussion: just a boring but productive recollection that has no relevant connection with the current reality. Some commenters here write like they want to hurt somebody, at the least.

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Posted by Sun Riser on 02/18/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday, Feb. 21. Only One Item on the Agenda

Deja vu. Bash and crash the TUSD superintendent. Then hire another. Bash and crash. Then another one. Repeat process ad nauseum to the satisfaction of ornery ignorant people with nothing good to say about anybody.

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Posted by Knee Jerks Want What? on 02/18/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

"...he talks to people until the last person leavesand he does it in Spanish,..."

Raul Grijalva -
Former member of MECha, which seeks to facilitate Mexico's reconquest of the Southwestern U.S.

Former leader of the Raza Unida Party

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1316

Make Tucson Mexico Again!

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Posted by What, Again on 02/18/2017 at 6:09 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

First, the reporter counted wrong. There were more than 3 people who spoke in opposition to Sanchez. Furthermore at least 3 senior TUSD administrators broadcast emails trying to get people to come out in support of Sanchez. The TUSD email system was used! Ms. Foster also put an effort into getting people to turn out to support Sanchez. If after all that effort only 20 people showed up to support Sanchez, that's not much of an endorsement for keeping him.

There was no effort at all to get people to speak in opposition to Sanchez.

The November TUSD Board election was a strong vote to bring serious change to the district. Continuity lost; positive change won. And that is what Ms. Sedgwick is doing. She has exhibited courage in the face of multiple despicable attempts to smear her and damage her reputation. To understand what is going on in TUSD, my advice is to watch a few Board meetings and skip reading the Tucson Weekly for a while

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Posted by Lillian Fox on 02/17/2017 at 11:46 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.

I went to the fully-accredited (regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission) for-profit University of Phoenix and I can honestly say I received an exemplary education and it was much better than any education at any not-for-profit state public universities I have attended. I learned amazing skills and consider myself a scholar who is published and notable in his field. The University of Phoenix curriculum was rigorous, meaningful, relevant, and applicable. Not all for-profit schools are "bad" and many schools are changing and adapting to the new rules, for the better! Oh, and let us not start a new form of discrimination where we discriminate against for-profit graduates. These are some of the hardest working Americans I know! And those who complain about not finishing UoPx they could not handle the rigor. Do not ever undermine anyones education. I love the University of Phoenix, enrolling students since 1976, and so do its 1,000,000 Alumni!! Surveys conducted suggested that 92% of alumni are satisfied with their education and outcome. Finally, DO NOT forget that the University of Phoenix educated the non-traditional students and I thank the University of Phoenix! The University filled a demand where traditional academia would NOT! Stop vilifying my school!

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Posted by Gabriel F on 02/17/2017 at 7:34 PM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

This shows absolutely no understanding of what we do as public officials that represent a school district.

I'm sorry Foster/Grijalva machine. we pretty much know exactly what you do. And many of us want you to stop it.

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Posted by TUSD needs to rid itself of on 02/17/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

This is the NUMBER ONE REASON to BUILD THE WALL.

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Posted by Mark Ochs on 02/17/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday, Feb. 21. Only One Item on the Agenda

This is what you need to know about the Grijalvas:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1316

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Posted by George S on 02/17/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

Just stay home and you will not die in the desert and committe the crime of being illegal!!!! Any question?

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Posted by Azson on 02/17/2017 at 1:48 PM

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