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Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Yep, regulation of public schools has been so successful, huh? Yeah, let's put all those regulations on charters, too.

6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Once a teacher on 08/23/2016 at 9:12 PM

Re: “The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

Also, support the small producers, projects, farmers and advocates that are working tirelessly to ensure that all Tucsonans have access to good nutrition. Culturally conscious farmers like the San Xavier Cooperative Farm are making crops and tradition accessible for all of us. Mission Garden is a literal walking tour of food production in the Tucson Basin for the last 4000 years. Community Organizers and organizations like Flowers and Bullets, Tierra y Libertad and the Community Food Bank are ensuring that everybody in our community has equal access to good and whole local foods. So many are a part of making the Designation meaningful.
Let's ensure that in addition to supporting local restaurateurs we also are enacting policy that protects our Foodways for the generations to come.
-elh

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Posted by eulaliane on 08/23/2016 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Arizona Transgender Man, ACLU Sue Country's Fifth Largest Health Care System for Discrimination

it is the profiteering capitalist puppet Obombney Obusha who created this insurance scam when MEDICAID FOR ALL who need it would save trillions of dollars for taxpayers and relieve many employers of the high cost of "insurance" which is a century old scam to deny sick people "pre-existing" or "experimental" life saving care .... Canada has been a single payor system with drugs just pennies for what costs hundreds of dollars in USA

Posted by Larry Auburn on 08/23/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Arizona Transgender Man, ACLU Sue Country's Fifth Largest Health Care System for Discrimination

gender dysphoria is no more an "elective" than hyperthyroidism which bigots commonly attribute to obese people who choose to eat too much .... this patient who works at a hospital will win this lawsuit and other so called insurance companies hiding their bigotry behind profit motives will "choose" to fund scientific treatments instead of conforming to religious profiteering

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Posted by Larry Auburn on 08/23/2016 at 4:54 PM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Why not fix the public schools first so the parents have something to fall back on? You have no intention of fixing public schools do you?

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Posted by Public Ed Is So Broken on 08/23/2016 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Crooked Teeth and a New Brewery

Looking forward to your opening day.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Fred on 08/23/2016 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Hell or High Water

This review gives me some relief.

Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 08/23/2016 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: "We Must Draw a Bright Red Line Between Political Speech and Suggestions of Violence"

Creepy. Anyone who attacks Gabby Gifford is missing the big picture as well as historical details. Grow a brain, then try to evolve and find a conscience. This woman has earned the right to speak up for herself and others.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Thinking_Allowed on 08/20/2016 at 2:40 PM

Re: “UPDATED: What the Hell Happened in the Arizona Primary Yesterday?

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Posted by Mohammad Aliu on 08/19/2016 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

Sorry Debra. Those appointments, by law, have to go to a public school superintendent and to a public school teacher. As they are, they are good appointments to designated seats. Roger Jacks was a good low key, knowledgable superintendent from outside Phonix and Tucson, for once. Calvin is a good man. We'll see in the at large seats. Maybe another Supreme Court packing type appointment, like two more Clint Bolicks.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 08/19/2016 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Arizona Health Department Reports First Case of Zika Virus in Maricopa County

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Posted by Lawson Alex Cuevas on 08/18/2016 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

I've got to agree with Daniel S Frances. Maybe you haven't seen the video interview with Mr Baker. And Governor Ducey appointed him!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXO7jAaXtIk

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Posted by Can't be All Bad on 08/18/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

sgsmith: The links were to provide information, to those interested, about a couple of groups that are making a constructive difference in holding elected officials in Arizona governance accountable. They were offered as evidence to back up the words I used when I expressed the opinion that collective action matters. The latter group's increasing influence is relevant to understanding the decision that was just made about filling the post on the state board of education, the subject of Safier's blog post here.

You seem, in general, to have good insights into what's going on in Arizona. My personal opinion is that it would be a better state if those who share your awareness of the problems would not conclude, as you seemed to above, that there is no solution, though I admit it can be tempting to take that position when you take a good hard look at what goes on here.

As for collective action not going anywhere without money to back it, I am encouraged when I consider the slim margin of victory for Prop 123, and then the Yes campaign's VS. the No campaign's funding levels. Money is a factor. It is not the only factor, and there are still some ways to get things done without the Koch brothers or others of their ilk backing you.

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Posted by Collective Action Makes a Difference on 08/18/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “National Education Policy Center: Class Size and Money Both Matter in Education

Money matters, but it is equally--if not more--important HOW money is spent. The Tucson Unified School District, for example, receives at least $340 million dollars per year in funding for approx. 50K students. However, the money is misspent in opaque and suspicious processes, which is the case in most failing or suspiciously opaque districts. The result is low or stagnant achievement levels.

When, for example, a district decides to buy e-textbooks before ensuring that all students have access to a computer, money is wasted and students suffer. But the administration remains popular, well-liked. When classroom aids are fired and long-term substitute pay is cut so the superintendent can take 6 figures home each year, money is wasted and students suffer. But the school board can say they have strived hard to stabilize the district by keeping one superintendent in place and they can pat themselves on the back in front of their constituencies. Students continue to suffer.

The problem in TUSD is not money (or overly large classes). The problem here is a combination of the school board and the superintendent and the faulty way they spend money on things that do not benefit the students. Indeed, the students suffer.

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Posted by Rachael Sedgwick on 08/18/2016 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

Collective Action Makes a Difference,

Fortunately for me, my cynicism (one of those “-isms” I wrote of earlier) is only surpassed by my tolerance of those who would judge me without knowing who I am.

Nevertheless, it has been my experience that those who collectively engage in the political process, no matter how well meaning and committed, are like voices crying in a wilderness unless they have the financial means to overcome those who have been gaming the system for a very long time.

Not-so-recent history has also demonstrated how some of those trying to work collectively – the nascent Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party – were initially co-opted by naïve Republican operatives who thought they could control them and ultimately by more nefarious people behind the scene to put our nation into this post thermo-nuclear partisan political apocalyptic landscape that has delivered a 2016 presidential race worthy of combat in the Thunder Dome, but I digress.

Stop with the links and use your own words to express your opinion, otherwise it’s just spam.

10 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 08/18/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

sgsmith: It would be a shame if you wasted so much good insight in nothing more than standard-issue cynicism.

You've left out the proper citizens' role, which is to observe, participate, comment, make INFORMED votes and apply collective pressure where needed. Much can be accomplished to keep our governance from going off the rails if the citizenry does its job, but it does require doing the work of organizing and civic participation, not just being a solitary voice.

Cf. Tucson Residents for Responsive Government, https://tucsontrrg.org

Daniel S: the Vail parent association helped get Prop 123 passed. Vail is a relatively conservative constituency that has become an active lobbying presence in Arizona:

http://tucson.com/news/local/education/parent-group-in-vail-successful-in-advocating-for-school-funding/article_a1b403c0-60ac-11e6-8252-330369ba5163.html

http://www.vailparentnetwork.org

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Collective Action Makes a Difference on 08/18/2016 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

You seem to be so wrong Frances Perkins. Sometimes I think you folks are hopeless, clueless and solution less.

But you should get some cheese to go with your whine. Now apologize.

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Posted by Debra Holt on 08/18/2016 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

Gov Ducey just appointed Vail SD Superintendent Calvin Baker. What a brilliant move! Baker's educational reform program is legendary and he is exactly what AZ needs to drag TUSD off of the bottom.

Way to go Mr Governor!

http://tucson.com/news/local/education/ducey-selects-tucson-area-superintendent-for-state-education-board/article_1c2856cc-656e-11e6-a8ca-73fbfdfb7add.html

8 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Daniel S on 08/18/2016 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Tucson Blues Legend Stefan George Passes at 62

I've known Stefan since we were 8 years old. Great friends through grade school and high school. Reading Brendan's note above sounds like Stefan... dying from a broken heart after his wife and mother had died. I'm hoping that a celebration for his life is posted so I and others can pay our respects for fine person and a truly gifted musician.

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Posted by John Bruce Bendas on 08/18/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Get Yourself a Scary Job (The Good Kind)

As a detail, the correct date for the Hiring Fair is Friday, August 26. More info is at http://oldtucson.com/about/join-our-team/

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Oldtucsonandnightfall Hiringoffice on 08/18/2016 at 10:29 AM

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