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Re: “Who Wants to Be a Teacher?

"..Moreover, when controlling for per-capita personal income (PCI), Arizona’s ranking jumps to 14th in the nation. Calculating these average salaries as a percentage of PCI is a common method that accounts for differences in the underlying wealth between states. This analysis also helps account for the differences in cost of living between states. It certainly would be inappropriate to directly compare a New York teacher’s salary against one in Arizona.."

Read more: http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2014/07/21/arizona-teacher-pay-ranks-higher-than-reported/#ixzz3Bm2uKu20

Posted by Warren Lauzon on 08/29/2014 at 3:03 AM

Re: “Mercer Calls for Grijalva's Excommunication and the Congressman Suggests She Listen to the Pope

Not like I was going to vote for her anyway. Just another reason not to.

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 08/29/2014 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Mercer Calls for Grijalva's Excommunication and the Congressman Suggests She Listen to the Pope

Remember this clueless bigot also wants to deport ALL Mid Easterners, legally here in the US as noted in a 2011/12 interview from the last time she ran.

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Posted by Jeff Latas on 08/28/2014 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Mercer Calls for Grijalva's Excommunication and the Congressman Suggests She Listen to the Pope

This woman is lowest of the low, white person trapped in a non-white body whom thinks if she just denigrates her own kind enough she will magically turn white and get allowed into the GOP white good ole boys inner circle!:-) I am white as rice and a democrat and can tell you that dream is pure fantasy, like the Log Cabin gay republicans she will only be tolerated by the racist GOP/Tea Party as long as she totes their agenda or racism, bigotry, like them Log Cabin republicans post election day if she won they tell them "get thee abomination before God back into thy closet, in her case she will get a treat like one would give a favorite hunting dog on the old southern plantation from her masters!

Posted by Ralph Hill on 08/28/2014 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Local GoFundMe Campaign for Black Lives Matter Ride to Help Send Five Tucsonans to Ferguson

Ok blaze, so like I said, how about using this money to train people to police their own community. This way, all the racist cops won't be in your community. You really believe cops go around shooting people for " walking in this country while black " ? That's really what you believe? You make assumptions about the police officer being a murder, well I'll assume this wanna be gang banger, wanna be thug, " beloved son, did something that warranted deadly force to be used, otherwise he would already be arrested. Anytime a cop uses force, any force, he is scrutinized to the fullest, because things like this did happen at one time in our country. You are right, my facts are distorted because I haven't followed this case, because I don't care what happened; however, I am tired of hearing of someone other than a black person killing a black person being national news, while blacks kill blacks by the DOZENS every weekend in south Chicago. I would be more than happy to donate to that if some people want to go to south Chicago and bring back some info on how to stop black people from killing little kids there. I do know that kids are being killed there, but I don't know if it's black people doing the killing, but I'll assume it is. Could you imagine the outrage if white racist cops were killing nine year old kids every weekend? After the way everybody is acting there, you think the store is going to come out and something negative? Maybe this grounded trip is a go riot and loot trip.

Posted by shazam on 08/28/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Local GoFundMe Campaign for Black Lives Matter Ride to Help Send Five Tucsonans to Ferguson

Blaze, was he murdered ? You don't know that. Officer Wilson has not had his day in court.

Posted by Dave D on 08/28/2014 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Who Wants to Be a Teacher?

Hey Harlan, I think YOUR computer has a PROBLEM with the CAPS LOCK.

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Posted by Isadoro Duncan on 08/28/2014 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Media Watch: The New Face of Lotus; McNamara New Host of "Arizona Illustrated"

Is Tom leaving KVOA or adding KUAT duties?

Posted by MrUltimate on 08/28/2014 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Media Watch: The New Face of Lotus; McNamara New Host of "Arizona Illustrated"

Whatever happened to KTKT?

Posted by TWpre(Wick)er on 08/28/2014 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Media Watch

SonoranWinds: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archi…

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Posted by Dan Gibson on 08/28/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Media Watch

Where is this week's column?

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 08/28/2014 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Who Wants to Be a Teacher?

Well Tom, YOU have typed a article that got some response. I guess that YOU have succeeded in YOUR mind and in YOUR editors minds. It doesn't matter that YOU have put the proper spin and used the partial truth to do it. Right Tom. YOU made money for YOURSELF. No guilt, YOU did it for YOUR kids.

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Posted by Harlan Thomas on 08/28/2014 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Gov Race: Ducey vs. DuVal

Ducey made his fortune bankrupting hopeful entrepreneurs by over-promising and under-performing. In an earlier time, he'd be traveling between towns with a wagon full of snake oil.

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Posted by Jimmy Zuma on 08/28/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Who Wants to Be a Teacher?

If the state would be willing to cut school admin in half and put that money towards teacher's pay and school supplies (teachers have to buy their own today) I know many teachers who have either retired early or changed jobs because they can't afford to make ends meet on a teacher's pay. Not to mention the out of control kids, the kids who need special ed (teachers are no longer allowed to recommend this or ask that the child at least be tested), they can't complain about kids who miss half the school years and so on.... Now AZ is basing their pay with the kid's grades - how can you deal with that when you have kids who don't belong in a regular classroom? Their pay gets cut because of the ignorance of the schools! I have friends who teach college level too. They are getting students who don't even know what a paragraph is, much less the other basic skills you need in college. What a mess!

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Posted by Sally Chandler on 08/28/2014 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Mercer Calls for Grijalva's Excommunication and the Congressman Suggests She Listen to the Pope

Way to go Gabby.

You got his goat!

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Posted by Rat T on 08/28/2014 at 4:16 PM

Re: “(Common) Core Wars

Michael, I love the phrase, "Our kids will be the beta testers." I may use that at some time, unless you want to invoke copyright privileges.

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Posted by David Safier on 08/28/2014 at 3:09 PM

Re: “(Common) Core Wars

From my perspective as an unabashed and unapologetic supporter of public education Common Core while a good idea, is seriously flawed. Here's why:
1. Too much Federal Government involvement waiving big checks to under-resourced school districts. To get the money the districts have to drink the Koolaid.
2. Too much involvement by big testing and big book companies. They stand to make a fortune out of supporting CC and will lobby and work to drive it their way so they can profit.
3. One form of high stakes testing will simply replace another form of high stakes testing but we will still have high stakes testing paralyzing our education system.
4. It has not been tested anywhere, instead Arne Duncan rolled it out. It's a high risk and our kids will be the beta testers - first time out. Not smart. Our kids education is a one shot deal, I don't think that we ought to be experimenting with it without having a reasonable assurance that the outcome will be positive- by testing it under controlled conditions in a few selected districts.
I still believe that we need to let teachers teach and stop messing with programs to "make things better" when we just increase the burden on those who struggle to make it work. Let's take the money and put it into better pay and more classroom resources rather than launch yet another federal initiative, remember "no child left behind" or "race to the top" or any one of the initiatives of the month? They did not work either, my confidence is not with the feds on this.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 08/28/2014 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Who Wants to Be a Teacher?

Every public school teacher I ask complains more about admin, parents and the kids, than anything else. But then they go on to blame it on funding. I think they believe if more money flowed they would get it.

Public schools? Never happen. They are a "for profit" business. It's just hard to account for how they hide the profit. Some of them steal food from the lunchroom. Some steal computers.

There is such poor accountability...

http://www.kvoa.com/news/64-laptops-stolen-from-tusd-schools/

http://tucson.com/news/blogs/police-beat/ex-tusd-worker-gets-probation-in-theft-case/article_f31305e9-d963-581b-b95c-8e2287005773.html

http://tucson.com/news/local/education/failure-to-report-allowed-tusd-property-theft-to-go-on/article_cd8d79e5-7ab6-5e9c-a00b-88ce7e09c6b7.html

In 2009, TUSD agreed to report to the state Attorney General "any violation of Arizona procurement statutes or rules, conflict of interest statutes, antitrust statutes, the Consent Judgment, or the intentional destruction of public records within five (5) business days." The Arizona Attorney General may accordingly receive copies of complaints received by the Audit Committee as required to comply with this agreement. (from TUSD website)

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Posted by Rat T on 08/28/2014 at 2:19 PM

Re: “(Common) Core Wars

The good news is that no one is really buying the whole enchilada and the Common Core with its associated testing programs will be dead by 2016 (there's an election coming up). The bad new is that between CCSS and NCLB entire cohorts of students over the past dozen years have been shortchanged as guinea pigs in two failed experiments.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/28/2014 at 2:18 PM

Re: “(Common) Core Wars

This reads like nobody really likes it. I still haven't heard an accurate synopsis of what the good is from it.

The NEA has a pitiful track record when it comes to change.

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Posted by Rat T on 08/28/2014 at 2:00 PM

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