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Re: “History of Goldwater Institute's Very Bad Civics Survey

I think it's a GREAT idea to require students to pass a test that 96% will fail, in order to graduate. That will assure the graduates have an adequate education. All three of them.

Didn't we do this with the AIMS test a few years back?

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Posted by W Corvi on 01/15/2015 at 4:35 PM

Re: “History of Goldwater Institute's Very Bad Civics Survey

Here is his quote:

"It's something that studies show that 96% of our kids can't pass,"

I learned at a young age that study meant one, and studies meant multiples.....Am I wrong?

Bury the hatchet in someone else's back.

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Posted by Rat T on 01/15/2015 at 4:04 PM

Re: “History of Goldwater Institute's Very Bad Civics Survey

Voodoo journalism?

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Posted by Rat T on 01/15/2015 at 3:58 PM

Re: “House Republicans Tie Homeland Security Funding To Undoing Obama Exec Action on Immigration

McSilly has no idea of what she has gotten herself into.......It's way over her head.
She will be bragging about accomplishment that others have already done.
It's a sad day in hell when you have the states government steeling money from the school system and complaining they must pay it back with interest.
Much less having the GOP complain about our President, I hope he chops the head off that stinking snake.

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Posted by Old man. on 01/15/2015 at 3:28 PM

Re: “House Republicans Tie Homeland Security Funding To Undoing Obama Exec Action on Immigration

Maybe, just maybe the Republicans got there heads out of there asses and grew some balls and are going to do what we the people put them in office to do and get reed of the illegals, the criminals that have been breaking our laws for years. I won't be holding my breath.

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Posted by Clifford Breidenfeld on 01/15/2015 at 12:56 PM

Re: “History of Goldwater Institute's Very Bad Civics Survey

I usually don't comment on my own posts, but rereading it just now, I saw two big ol' dots I failed to connect. Matthew Ladner, who wrote the reports and short pieces pushing the bogus data in the civics survey, was on Ducey's transition team, as I said in the post. Wanna bet Ladner was pushing the civics test, and that he was the one who either dragged out the old study for people to read, or brought up the 96 percent failure figure? I could be wrong, but . . .

Matthew, if you're out there googling your name and you happen upon this post: did you bring up the 96 percent figure to the Ducey team? If not, did you warn Ducey's speech writers that they shouldn't cite the bogus G.I. study in the State of the State speech?

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Posted by David Safier on 01/15/2015 at 12:22 PM

Re: “TUSD Should Wait for Court Ruling Before Making Changes to Its Ethnic Studies Programs

Mark,

Ms. Douglas has come out publicly in support of working with TUSD with the objective of reaching an accommodation permitting the program to continue and be offered in more of the district's schools.

What juices are there for her to stew in?

Posted by Rick Spanier on 01/15/2015 at 10:28 AM

Re: “House Republicans Tie Homeland Security Funding To Undoing Obama Exec Action on Immigration

Jim Kolbe wasn't honest? You got me to googling and it looks like you knew something that I had missed. What is it about going to DC that causes this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Foley_congressional_page_incident

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Posted by Rat T on 01/15/2015 at 9:42 AM

Re: “House Republicans Tie Homeland Security Funding To Undoing Obama Exec Action on Immigration

I'll have to give Martha McSally credit for showing a hint of independent thinking on DACA, even though she engages in wishful thinking about "Border Security". I really hope she turns out to be more honest than Jim Kolbe...

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Posted by Cascabel on 01/15/2015 at 9:30 AM

Re: “TUSD Should Wait for Court Ruling Before Making Changes to Its Ethnic Studies Programs

Agree. TUSD is caught between the Courts and the Legislature and the Courts' opinion trumps the AZ GOP's War on Tucson. Let Ms. Douglas stew in her own juice for a while.

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Posted by Mark Murphy on 01/15/2015 at 9:29 AM

Re: “House Republicans Tie Homeland Security Funding To Undoing Obama Exec Action on Immigration

It can cut both ways. But based on our opinions both sides are destroying the country?

Interesting. We do have common ground.

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Posted by Rat T on 01/15/2015 at 9:28 AM

Re: “TUSD Should Wait for Court Ruling Before Making Changes to Its Ethnic Studies Programs

Point well taken Guiseppe...I hadn't noticed.

One man's ignorance is another's diatribe.

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Posted by Rat T on 01/15/2015 at 9:25 AM

Re: “TUSD Should Wait for Court Ruling Before Making Changes to Its Ethnic Studies Programs

Why is this publication SO slanted towards the program? Isnt the press SUPPOSED to report the news, instead of trying to influence it??? Whatta rag.

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Posted by GuiseppeKnows on 01/15/2015 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Giffords and Kelly: Congrats McSally, Now Get Working on Gun/Stalker Legislation

It seems clueless to all of the posts that Jared Loughner had threatened several people at Pima Community College. This sent the police to his home to tell him to get a psych exam before returning. This alone should of promoted 2 things to happen 1- a restraining order not allowing him on campus and to show cause why it was ordered. 2- Threating is a crime our wont prosecute unless it can be plea bargained DA Barbra LaWall fell short. Oh but dipstick can go blame radio conservatives. Where was a deputy tell me you called and she didn't ask why call, stupid response. And the people re elect these people back into office. So pima county gets what it puts into office. I am a descendent of John Moses Browning the gun inventor from Utah. What is allowed for the general populace to own is not right, I would support for legislation to not allow weapons designed after 1926 to be privately owned. This would allow for all sporting activities and police could not own or posess more than 2 service supplied weapons.

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Posted by Robert Ruckman on 01/15/2015 at 8:38 AM

Re: “TUSD Should Wait for Court Ruling Before Making Changes to Its Ethnic Studies Programs

Safier is correct, this is the time to await a decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals known for its progressive rulings in many important cases brought before it. That said, it is likely, probably certain, the de-clawed state legislators will pass a new "improved" law if the current law is overthrown on appeal. With one ongoing and related cottage industry in place for decades - the federal desegregation circus - TUSD could find itself in another costly and drawn out battle of the lawyers with no end in sight.

Safier is also correct in advising Sanchez et. al. to remain committed to changes in the CRC they see as necessary and productive to assuring its survival in the face of new challenges from the state. Maybe even expanding the scope and reach of the program as Douglas has suggested.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 01/15/2015 at 8:18 AM

Re: “TUSD Should Wait for Court Ruling Before Making Changes to Its Ethnic Studies Programs

1. Why do only the "dislikes" to a comment show? This has been bugging me for weeks now--thought you'd get it fixed, but no . . .

2. Just curious: Has "rat T" EVER had anything positive to add to his diatribes on everything?

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Posted by AZWoman on 01/15/2015 at 7:52 AM

Re: “TUSD Should Wait for Court Ruling Before Making Changes to Its Ethnic Studies Programs

Oh, Rat, you know Tom Horne would drive in the median because the lanes are for the "little people". The left doesn't make anything a phobia, Rat. The right is already terrified of anyone who isn't like them, so they've already got all the phobias they need.

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Posted by Ldonyo on 01/15/2015 at 7:16 AM

Re: “House Republicans Tie Homeland Security Funding To Undoing Obama Exec Action on Immigration

Nice try, Rat, but we both know that isn't the case.

The Repubs have been doing nothing for the last six years and seeing to it that no one else does anything, either. Despite their Herculean efforts at stonewalling and obstructing, something got done. This is unacceptable to them, so they are seeking to undo it. If they can do some additional damage in the process, that would make their masters even more pleased with them.

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Posted by Ldonyo on 01/15/2015 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Fewer Catalina Mountain Lions Being Killed by Hunters Since Bighorn Sheep Reintroduction, AZ Game & Fish Says

Tammy L.,

I did NOT say single species advocacy groups. I said single species advocacy group - singular. Specifically that is the Desert Bighorn Sheep Society. This group of shooters benefits from political favoritism and advocates the killing of mountain lions in a futile attempt to bolster bighorn sheep numbers.

Members of the AZ Game & Fish Commission are also members of the DBSS and have not recused themselves from voting to establish multiple bag limits for mountain lions.

The Catalina Bighorn Sheep Project was approved in spite of most of the mountain range being classified at poor or fair quality for bighorn sheep. The remaining three environmental groups on the Advisory Committee do good work in other areas, but are grossly co-opted and compromised out of recognition during their participation on the Advisory Committee.

As you may already know, the Sky Island Alliance board of directors voted to withdraw from the Catalina Bighorn Sheep Advisory Committee and are to be commended. You may also know that the Sierra Club opposes the project, along with Friends of Wild Animals and numerous individuals.

Your reaction to the participation of the three groups who remain on the Advisory Committee is to be expected, because the three mistakenly give the project a green wash, which sadly is deceiving.

Posted by Ricardo Small on 01/15/2015 at 5:29 AM

Re: “UPDATE: TUSD Students, Legal Team Kick Ass in 9th Circuit Hearing Challenging Law Banning Mexican American Studies

@what again sez "rarely mentioned by the media, was revealed in a study by Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute in Atlanta, Georgia."

Yeah, let's trust a study from an "institute" with no web presence and no record of it actually having existed beyond one person in her pajamas listening to Hannity.

http://blog.chron.com/bluebayou/2006/11/fa…

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Posted by Alexandra on 01/15/2015 at 12:47 AM

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