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

Re: “Another Look at TUSD Salary Hikes and Prop 123

Everyone who wants to know about a TRULY important and telling story in TUSD needs to click on this link:

Please note that one part of the story refers to a letter sent to HT Sanchez by Tucson's chief of police. In any other town, this sort of correspondence between the superintendent of the city's largest school district and its key law enforcement official would be front page news. The Weekly has ignored it so far, as has the Star. Why?

Virtually every story in this blog about TUSD reads like it could have been ghosted by their PR flacks. Here's a real story for Safier and anyone else at The Weekly to get into and surface some more facts. It has implications for the operation of TUSD, the upcoming Board election and, most crucial of all, the safety of students and staff in every school, not just the school featured in the story.

When will the journalists at The Weekly and the other media outlets in this town start to do some real work and report on stories that TRULY matter?

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Posted by A Real Story For Safier on 07/24/2016 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Zona Politics: Meet the Democrats Running for State House in District 9

Arizona has one of the highest prison rates because we are one of the most uneducated states. Too many kids are not graduating from high school, or not learning a trade after school. Who's responsible? The state, or the parents?

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Posted by Jim Kelly on 07/23/2016 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Cosplay Confidential: Check Out These Outfits from Phoenix Comicon

That is when it all started. Mr. Barnes helped to create some great friendships.

Posted by smithappens on 07/23/2016 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Cosplay Confidential: Check Out These Outfits from Phoenix Comicon

Mr. Barnes had no idea what he started when he sat us next to each other in that Lineweaver Elementary class. Unfortunately too many of those comics were Richie Rich/Casper.

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Posted by Scott Smith on 07/23/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Told You So: Gawker Names Arizona Worst State

Although I don't agree with every thing he said, I love a person who pulls no punches and speaks his mind.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/23/2016 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Told You So: Gawker Names Arizona Worst State

Fuck all of Arizona in its little self absorbed ass. I have watched people in this state be the rudest and meanest dumb pieces of shit on Earth. Come down here and try to drive with these mongrels and asswipes...btw to you losers who go on about how much you love this state you probably do not live in the bigger cities, you probably have nice homes away from shit you would not survive interacting with. Yuppies meth heads and assholes are all you offer. I have been trapped here for 22 years and this place is shit. You who live here for the most part are also shit. Think about how "nice" you all are and then kindly fuck yourselves.

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Posted by aZsucksbigd on 07/23/2016 at 3:30 AM

Re: “15 Cool, Free Tucson Things You've Forgotten About

Thank you for posting our yoga events.

Posted by Elektra Tek House Artist on 07/22/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The Republican Party's Education Platform

Privatization of everything is the long term goal of the Republicans. Then we can contend with monsterous corporations (as we are doing right now) running our country. How easy is it to condem public education as non-functioning with funding cut to the bone. Education is no different then insurance. When they (charter schools) can pick which students to include, their earnings improve, as does their scores. This is no different then excluding the sick with "existing conditions" from insurance. There are plenty of very effective education models that are time tested in other countries. The gap will only grow wider with the need for technology in every child's hands. Inner city schools will not be handing out iPads.

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Posted by Katie Reff on 07/22/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Saturday Sun Link Shindig: Free Rides, Concert and Activities

Hey Wrong, Again:

I got a one way ticket for you to ride a choo choo train to nowhere.

Be a real man, not the little boy you come across as, and take me up on my offer. Wherever the train takes you, stay there. Don't come back, do those of us with common sense a favour.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/22/2016 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Saturday Sun Link Shindig: Free Rides, Concert and Activities

How many have paid to ride the $200,000,000 choo choo train to nowhere?

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Posted by What, Again on 07/22/2016 at 8:43 AM

Re: “The Republican Party's Education Platform

I sort of like the idea of studying the Bible, as long as the book of Leviticus is emphasized.

Republicans use Leviticus to justify their condemnation of same-sex relationships while ignoring that Leviticus also says that if a woman commits adultery, she (never the man, of course!) shall be stoned, and if a son sasses his parents, he should also be stoned.

As for their using Leviticus to condemn same-sex relationships, they keep erroneously citing the word "abomination," which simply means, in the ancient Hebrew, not a custom.

But try telling that to a political party that's apparently still dominated by homophobes.

Quite a few who've been recently caught with their pants down.

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Posted by Steve on 07/22/2016 at 6:21 AM

Re: “The Republican Party's Education Platform

If Republicans had their way, the only subject taught would be abstinence and the bible.

they would be taught in caves.

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Posted by Bob Regan on 07/22/2016 at 6:17 AM

Re: “American Babylon: Talking with Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson on the Street

In an election where the combined trustworthiness and approval ratings for the two major party nominees does not reach 75%, and where a plurality of voters expresses a desire for some other, any other, candidates, coverage of the Green and Libertarian candidates has been virtually non-existent. (The NYT has published two articles on the Libertarian candidates and one on the Green's). In all likelihood, neither of the smaller party's candidates will reach the magic 15% in averaged polling to appear on the national televised debates. (Is that 15% in the Constitution?)

Someone needs to tell me how either candidate and party can reach higher ratings to qualify for the debates when the media refuses to provide coverage of their candidates. But please avoid circular reasoning and reductios ad absurdum.

Trump and Sanders are correct, the system IS rigged. But both entered into marriages of convenience to run for election as a Republican and a Democrat and either or both would likely be in the presidential debates had they made the decision to run independent of the major parties. Muzzling the Green and Libertarian party's candidates and supporters is thinly disguised voter suppression. It should be illegal.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/22/2016 at 12:24 AM

Re: “The Republican Party's Education Platform

Thinking_Aloud: TUSD is like a piñata in a fun house mirror that currently handles the education of 50,000 students every year, and affects the reputation of "public schools" in the minds of tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands more. If, with its democratically elected boards and the "transparency" requirements it is legally subject to, it cannot be reformed, that raises questions about whether it's the theoretical concept and legal framing of public district schools or the advocacy activities of healthy, active, empowered constituencies that make them viable. Then the valid contrast is not between valid public district and invalid charter / publicly subsidized private, but between other variables we have not yet successfully identified. With direct experience in one Arizona public district school that was improbably irresponsible (having grown up in a blue state with an extremely high functioning public school system, I never would have believed it possible if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes) and direct experience of privates and charters, some of which were very responsible and others not so, I don't buy the argument that it's the categories that make the difference. It's something else, and what we need is a better regulatory and oversight system that supports high academic functioning and complete transparency in all the schools receiving public funding. (I get that we don't have that yet and that there are currently irresponsible uses of public funds in the charter and private sector. But there are irresponsible uses of public funds in TUSD and districts like it, so again, condemnation by category doesn't work, in my opinion.)

In any case, the local Democratic Party needs to stop promoting "leaders" in TUSD that give public district schools a bad name at the same time that they continue to condemn "choice." Let them ensure that the district the Pima County Democrats' darlings run is not being RUN INTO THE GROUND and then they can talk about how proper education policy should deny or severely limit "choice." While they find it impossible to manage the district in a way that does not constantly bring discredit on the party and the form of schooling the party champions, they should not at the same time be attempting to limit the escape hatches constituents are using to exit the sinking ship they insist their designated candidates must continue to captain.

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Posted by Data analysis must include "outlier variables" (TUSD). on 07/21/2016 at 7:33 PM

Re: “The Republican Party's Education Platform

Once again, comparing all public schools districts to TUSD is not realistic. If you consider, for example, districts like Vail and Benson, conclusions are less distorted and far more meaningful. TUSD is like a piñata in a fun house mirror, bouncing about crazily while citizens strike blindly at its very existence.

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Posted by Thinking_Aloud on 07/21/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

So - how much taxpayer money does this man collect? If he does, then there is merit to this article. If not, then I do not see much relevance. But then, if he is an administrator we will never know because charter schools are not required to fairly report how much they rake in.

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Posted by Thinking_Aloud on 07/21/2016 at 4:49 PM
Posted by Palisades on 07/21/2016 at 4:15 PM

Re: “The Republican Party's Education Platform

You forgot to mention in your list of things Republicans support which many Democrats also support, "strong leadership by principals, superintendents, and locally elected school boards."

Democrats support that, too, right David?

Or maybe not:

Perhaps if the public district enrolling almost 50,000 students in Southern Arizona were higher functioning, we wouldn't have quite as much support for "CHOICE" in our state.

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Posted by Support strong leadership by locally elected boards. on 07/21/2016 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: 2 Month Anniversary

When will it dawn on you that the whole "next step" plan was based on the assumption that there would be a massive vote in favor of 123? If this had happened, those who supported the first step could perhaps then be mobilized to put pressure on Ducey for a next step. But this turned out to be bad political strategy: among the slightly more than 50% who voted for 123 were many who support Ducey and ALEC and don't want a next step. All they wanted were the triggers and the changes to the constitution, which they got, thanks to you, DuVal, HT Sanchez, Jason Freed, TUSD, TEA, AEA, ASBA, Expect More Arizona, et cetera, AD NAUSEAM. So now we have the so-called "pro public education" groups who got tricked into helping Ducey get 123 passed, and the portion of the electorate they mobilized in support of the proposition is what percentage of those who voted in favor of 123? 10% 20%? 30% of the 50% voting in support of it?

David, did you and your friends attend schools so "progressive" that you never learned how to do math? 10% of 50% is 5%. 20% of 50% is 10%. Do you get the picture? I bet Ducey is shaking in his boots, worrying about what groups capable of motivating such massive portions of the electorate are going to do to him if he doesn't come up with a "next step."

Meanwhile, TUSD wreaks its own special kind of havoc in Southern Arizona, de-motivating the portions of their base they previously motivated. Do you think the people TUSD mobilized in support of 123 will do as they are told by their TUSD and TEA "leaders" next time they are asked?

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Posted by Questions for the Author of Serial Next Step Watches on 07/21/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: 2 Month Anniversary

How do you expect to build consensus behind forcing a "next step," David, when close to 50% of those who voted in the election thought the first step should never have been taken? Don't you realize that 1/2 the electorate -- and now a sizable number of the TUSD constituents who voted for the Prop and are disgusted with what was done with the money, once it was received -- believe that energy should be focused on undoing the "first step," rather than accepting it as a given, leaving it in place, and moving on from there?

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Posted by Questions for the Author of Serial Next Step Watches on 07/21/2016 at 12:30 PM

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