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Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

Economically speaking, we can't afford to keep them here:
They have made the US a WELFARE STATE:
60% of Households Now Receive More in Subsidized Income Than they Pay in Taxes - REDISTRIBUTION OF INCOME!
http://taxfoundation.org/blog/60-percent-h…

33% of all Welfare recipients are in California. California has reduced Welfare Fraud from a Felony to a Misdemeanor so they won't be deported because they need all the Federal Subsidy like the $20,000,000 they get to subsidize their OVER USE of MediCal.

54.4% Hispanics enrolled in Special Education in California
http://www.kidsdata.org/topic/97/special-n…

These are their parents:
Nevada saw 90% of immigrants flunk the written test in the first few weeks a new driver authorization card was offered. The California DMV (90% failed) is also concerned that immigrants might not have the literacy proficiency needed to pass.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada-a…

Legal Hispanics' incomes fall into the first 4 Household Quintiles where they consume 2-7 TIMES in programs and services than they contribute in taxes.

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 02/19/2017 at 8:40 PM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

Good job, What Again, you figured it out. Sanchez is the Grijalva's quid pro quo gift to the privatizing powers-that-be in Phoenix. Ducey should pick up the phone and give Huppenthal a call to tell him he's showing their hand. The Grijalvas want the gravy train to continue and the privatizing state level government wants someone to mismanage the second largest public school district in the state in precisely the way Sanchez is mismanaging it, picking fights with the desegregation authority, applying Title 1 funds in ways that benefit the affluent rather than the poor, outsourcing substitute teacher labor, collaborating with Lisa Graham Keegan on a plan to destroy credentialing requirements for public school teachers, etc., ad nauseam.

Heads up, Huppenthal. It's not just disgruntled contractors that want new leadership. It's every WELL-INFORMED parent in the district, most teachers who have seen the inside of these mismanaged schools during the last 3 and 1/2 years, and every policy analyst / education advocate independent of the local political machine who has been tracking the district's sad affairs. Better leadership is possible, and it's what the voters in this democratically controlled district have asked for. Let's hope it's what they will get.

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Posted by If they listen to parents they will ditch Sanchez. on 02/19/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

That's great news kduryee. Increase the outbound rate by a couple times more and these illegals will be outta here in no time! Another great reason for the Wall!

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Posted by What, Again on 02/19/2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

What no one seems to know or remember is that more Mexicans are leaving the United States than are crossing our border, legally or illegally. The rate of Mexican immigration into the US is less than zero. We don't need a wall, we need to grow up and do research for ourselves and utilize logic and critical thinking. That means spending more money on education, not on walls. The Pew Research Center is as respectable and non-partisan as they come; here's their report on Mexican immigration:
http://www.pewhispanic.org/2015/11/19/more…

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Posted by kduryee on 02/19/2017 at 3:27 PM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

Why are you being so naive? The Grijalva's have owned the district for the last twenty years. There is no room for a cohesive atmosphere. H.T. is simply the tool of the Grijalva's to run the system and that 300 million dollars exactly as they tell him to. H.T. is a documented bigot and serial liar.

By all measures TUSD is a total failure. Thousands and thousands of students have spoken with their feet. Wake up to the corruption, or are you part of it?

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Posted by What, Again on 02/19/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

Disruption is very seldom a source of positive change. Having a vision for the future and creating a cohesive atmosphere where everyone feels respected and energized towards that future so that they work a solid 8 hours is all it takes is what really achieves progress.

This is what their vision and mission should be: To provide every student an unbelievably great education.

TUSD believe it or not, has slightly above average academic gains and a slightly better than average measured relationship with parents. They have a foundation to build on towards creating great schools.

Nothing will be achieved by the disruption of replacing superintendents, nothing at all, except for the loss of a couple of years of progress as you regroup and develop a new group of aggrieved parties.

Look at what is really happening. TUSD has an annual budget of over $300 million dollars. So every special interest group that feels victimized that they didn't get their fair share of the loot wants someone else in charge so that they get another bite at the apple. They are quite explicit about this, its just about the loot - one very particularly vociferous commentator made a list that I haven't seen funded in even the most gold plated districts in the nation.

A few express grievances about policy but anybody who has been around policy in large organizations knows that everyone can end up feeling powerless at the slow rate of change. Expressing power by firing a superintendent won't change that and likely won't change policy.

So, quit whining, go listen to some other parents and try to help them instead of trying to help yourself.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 02/19/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

That is so weak jhuppent@hotmail.com. Putting lipstick on the pig that is TUSD is not going to help it. It will only further camouflage that rot that has been baked in the last 20 years.

Disruption and drama is the only way change will come.

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Posted by What, Again on 02/19/2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

All this disruption and drama isn't positive for the district. Ms Sedgwick's comments about the Superintendent's visits to schools is instructive, but insufficient. This needs to be handled behind closed doors, there needs to be an expectation that the Superintendent will spend one day in five out in schools and in classrooms and in the school parking lot greeting parents. These personal touches are critical for creating the sense of community that is needed for improvement.

Ms Sedgwick should go out with the Superintendent on a day tour starting with a school parking lot in the morning - in the most extreme poverty neighborhood. A sense of community starts at the School Board.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 02/19/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

All this disruption and drama isn't positive for the district. Ms Sedgwick's comments about the Superintendent's visits to schools is instructive, but insufficient. This needs to be handled behind closed doors, there needs to be an expectation that the Superintendent will spend one day in five out in schools and in classrooms and in the school parking lot greeting parents. These personal touches are critical for creating the sense of community that is needed for improvement.

Ms Sedgwick should go out with the Superintendent on a day tour starting with a school parking lot in the morning - in the most extreme poverty neighborhood. A sense of community starts at the School Board.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 02/19/2017 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

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

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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.

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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

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