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Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

Build the wall, prevent families from being separated. Do it for the children.

6 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 02/17/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

"...he talks to people until the last person leavesand he does it in Spanish,..."
Well, there are probably some positions available in Sonora.

7 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 02/17/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Rural Resistance

A more relevant question would be, why not ask these people about the environmental impact, trash and trail cutting caused by illegal immigration. How about some perspectives on the Cumero fire, which burned over 2,000 acres just over the hills from Arivaca last year?

5 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Nathan K on 02/17/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

We obviously need more visible border security to discourage these people from crossing. We should also stop encouraging these dangerous trips by putting water and other supplies in the desert.

5 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Nathan K on 02/17/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday, Feb. 21. Only One Item on the Agenda

The Network for Public Education sent out an e-mail this morning urging the people on its contact list to work against the passage of HR610:

"HR 610, the School Choice Act, would eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which was passed as a part of Lyndon B. Johnson's 'War on Poverty.' Federal funds would be used instead to create 'block grants' to be used to 'distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child.' It would also roll back nutritional standards for free lunches for poor children."

This is the alternative to insisting that public school districts be competently managed. If they cannot be competently and honestly managed, the nation will take -- and is taking -- a different path.

What lessons about the direction national policy should take can we draw from observing TUSD under the Sanchez administration?

**Under its current leadership, the district redistributed Title 1 funds to achieve an across-the-board reduction in class sizes. This had the effect of reducing class sizes by adding fully qualified, experienced and certified teachers in schools like University High School and Fruchthendler that serve primarily affluent students, while in many of the schools serving primarily poor students, the new teaching positions created by the initiative could not be filled. Since the district reduced class sizes, too many classrooms in low-SES schools have been staffed with under-qualified long-term subs whose labor the Sanchez administration then outsourced to the for-profit company ESI, reducing their wages and destroying their ability to qualify for benefits. Does this provide the public with a "case study" that supports maintaining the provisions of ESEA? The public could be forgiven for asking: if this is what happens to Title 1 funds in districts like TUSD, what is the point of the government granting them? They are not benefiting the students they are intended to benefit.

**Under its current leadership, the district began spending millions in desegregation funds that should be spent to benefit minority students in increased legal fees to try to get out from under its desegregation order. Leaving aside the question of whether these funds would be better applied in the classrooms to benefit students, let's look at what the probable result of getting out from under the desegregation order will be: the Arizona legislature will have an excuse ("They're no longer under court order!") to eliminate the funding supplement entirely. Is the loss of $60 million per year that could potentially be applied to benefit minority students and achieve greater integration too high a price to pay for TUSD's central administrators no longer having to deal with independent desegregation authorities asking questions about how these funds are being applied? I guess it would depend on who you ask: the parents of minority students or the central administrators in TUSD, who will continue to receive inflated salaries and bonuses whether or not the district continues to levy desegregation taxes on its residents and business owners.)

**Are the best interests of poor children being served in a public district system where the Superintendent takes home nearly $500K a year and gives $10K bonuses to members of his central administrative cabinet while the district hoards 301 money meant for teacher bonuses in the districts' bank accounts and teachers leave the district and / or the profession because the working conditions in TUSD are so poor and / or they cannot put food on the table for their families with their shockingly low salaries and lower-than-they-should be bonuses? Half way through this school year, there were still more than 100 teaching positions the district had not been able to fill. Considering the district's inability to apply the funds available to it in ways that result in its classrooms being uniformly and reliably staffed with qualified educators, how do we then make the case to the public that it would not better serve students to be given the option of enrolling elsewhere, as the federal legislation under discussion proposes to do?

Whatever decisions are made about TUSD's leadership in the near term, the community should be considering these questions and keeping in mind that while the public observes a district enrolling 50,000 students systematically and persistently failing to offer quality services to minorities and the disadvantaged, many of the legitimate arguments for maintaining federal education laws and policies like ESEA are being effectively undermined.

17 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Local Management's Implications for National Policy? on 02/17/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

Think of all the lives the wall will destroy.

But anyone with half a brain knows, the advice given by What, Again is the best advice to avoid.

Unless you are the same caliber of moron that What, Again is.

13 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by What, Again is the Yugest moron in Tucson Weekly posting history on 02/17/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

Wow! It's so refreshing to have yet another piece of education coverage from the Weekly that tells the Grijalva/Foster story (NOT). What the h has happened to this newspaper? I get it--bought by outsiders, decreasing budget, etc. etc. etc. but the education coverage on TUSD is all only from one direction--does anyone else notice? Stephanie Boe got you on speed dial or what?

15 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 02/17/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

Think about all the jobs on both sides of the border will be lost if the wall is built.

14 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by 2ndThoughts on 02/17/2017 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

Think of all the lives the Wall will save.

10 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by What, Again on 02/17/2017 at 6:06 AM

Re: “Danehy

Tom, you couldn't have spent much time in L.A. to come away with the impression that you noted, because L.A. drivers are models of decorum compared to Tucson drivers, thanks largely to much higher car insurance premiums and lots of brake-checking scamsters eager to exploit the tort laws. Climate, altitude and geography certainly contribute to the current presence of both Tucson and Phoenix at the top of the list for "most aggressive drivers in the country." I suspect another culprit may be that SO MANY Tucsonans apparently insist on working an 8am-5pm schedule, which shouldn't be necessary (and which science has recently found NOT to be optimal). Either drivers enjoy the experience of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, or employers are inflexible about working hours. Hey, there's a great subject for a journalistic investigation! The Weekly still does those, right?

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Starcommand on 02/17/2017 at 5:43 AM

Re: “Noise Annoys

Who the man

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Geri Gates on 02/17/2017 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Noise Annoys

Very cool love the production great stuff

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Geri Gates on 02/17/2017 at 12:26 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday, Feb. 21. Only One Item on the Agenda

Looks like we have a new TUSD reporter at TW who does no better than Safier and Nintzel:
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2017/02/16/tusd-sideshow

What a surprise.

Here is a good comment that was posted on the above piece that is also relevant here:

"The quotes from Grijalva and Foster are revealing of what their agenda and attitude has been for the past four sad years of their misguided leadership: it doesn't matter what is actually happening in the district, what matters are what reports appear in the media. The district is going down in flames under the shockingly incompetent leadership of the sadly under-qualified administrator these women and their former sidekick Cam Juarez brought into town three and a half years ago through an improper, untransparent process (using the same search firm that had recently tried to sell Isquierdo to a Texas district AFTER Isquierdo went down in flames in Sunnyside: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/search-firm-that-botched-texas-schools-chief-hiring-now-looking/article_b1c0a248-fd05-5dea-ab92-643522a18a9c.html

But instead of facing the truth and directly addressing the problem they have created, the disastrous PR "strategy" the district's failed leadership has tried to employ is this: "If we tell the public the truth, then charter schools and private schools may win in this war we are fighting with them."

Heads up: the job of the district's "leaders" is to tell the public THE TRUTH. It is not to create misleading images of the district in news stories and to BLOCK every channel through which real information about this FAILING institution can reach the constituents who might make the disastrous decision of enrolling their children in under-performing schools. When the course of lies and misleading propaganda is chosen, the district's leadership themselves become the worst enemies of the public district system because in lying to the public about it, they turn it into something that is corrupt and indefensible.

Grijalva and Foster lost the battle to maintain their Board majority. They will lose the battle to keep their overpaid and disastrously underperforming Superintendent in place [now or a few weeks or months from now when he quits in response to actually having a Board that, unlike the previous irresponsible majority, oversees him responsibly]. Kristel Foster can alert her Facebook friends and get all the local sycophants to speak in a TUSD Board Meeting Call to the Audience, but fortunately for Tucson, the people who showed up on February 14 to deliver Valentines to the district's mismanager-in-chief are not the people now constituting the majority on this Board."

25 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by The district needs, and will get, better leadership. on 02/16/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

The quotes from Grijalva and Foster are revealing of what their agenda and attitude has been for the past four sad years of their misguided leadership: it doesn't matter what is actually happening in the district, what matters are what reports appear in the media. The district is going down in flames under the shockingly incompetent leadership of the sadly under-qualified administrator these women and their former sidekick Cam Juarez brought into town three and a half years ago through an improper, untransparent process (using the same search firm that had recently tried to sell Isquierdo to a Texas district AFTER Isquierdo went down in flames in Sunnyside: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/search-firm-that-botched-texas-schools-chief-hiring-now-looking/article_b1c0a248-fd05-5dea-ab92-643522a18a9c.html

But instead of facing the truth and directly addressing the problem they have created, the disastrous PR "strategy" the district's failed leadership has tried to employ is this: "If we tell the public the truth, then charter schools and private schools may win in this war we are fighting with them."

Heads up: the job of the district's "leaders" is to tell the public THE TRUTH. It is not to create misleading images of the district in news stories and to BLOCK every channel through which real information about this FAILING institution can reach the constituents who might make the disastrous decision of enrolling their children in under-performing schools. When the course of lies and misleading propaganda is chosen, the district's leadership themselves become the worst enemies of the public district system because in lying to the public about it, they turn it into something that is corrupt and indefensible.

Grijalva and Foster lost the battle to maintain their Board majority. They will lose the battle to keep their overpaid and disastrously underperforming Superintendent in place. Kristel Foster can alert her Facebook friends and get all the local sycophants to speak in a TUSD Board Meeting Call to the Audience, but fortunately for Tucson, the people who showed up on February 14 to deliver Valentines to the district's mismanager-in-chief are not the people now constituting the majority on this Board.

19 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by The district needs, and will get, better leadership. on 02/16/2017 at 9:31 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday, Feb. 21. Only One Item on the Agenda

What's TUSD going to do when the gravy train of illegals and the millions of dollars that follow them runs dry?

7 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by What, Again on 02/16/2017 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Un Gringo Chilango

I was wondering what life is like in Mexico, and you were able to explain your experience. It was interesting. I hope that someday I might travel there and see for myself. Thanks for shedding the light.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Suzy Q on 02/16/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

In New Mexico, drivers have to be told they can't see over a hill on highways!!! How smart can those drivers be? Scares the shit out of me to drive there!!!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Icecld on 02/16/2017 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Un Gringo Chilango

Dan, this was a great piece, intuitive and witty. You truly captured succinctly the Mexican psyche.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Clarissa Guajardo on 02/16/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Un Gringo Chilango

The Devil's Dictionary...Accordion, n.An instrument in harmony with the sentiments of an assassin.

Love it, and UN GRINGO CHILANGO

Xbernie

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bernie Phillips on 02/16/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Danehy

Wow, kill the messenger, avoid the message. Not one person admits that Arizona is dim in handing you a driver's license test at age 16 or 17 and not again until you are 65, not just because it's dim but because it cuts off a source of income for the state while saving lives. Drivers have obviously long forgotten that you do not have the r/w making a left turn with the other driver is making a right turn on a green light. You do not have right to make a left turn up to a minute after the light has turned red. We pay poor wages and lay off law enforcement and choke educational funds so we can be "free" of radar cameras and shrug off resulting accidents. We put red light walkways in the middle of the block on busy section line streets because people are too lazy to walk to a legal crossing then wonder why traffic is so slow. Like the author, my work is such that I can avoid the worst hours but I've lived in countries all over the world and Tucson is average except for the dismal disrespect for traffic laws. In one Asian country the joke was that a driver pulled up beside you if you were walking and asked if you wanted a ride and the response was "No thanks, I'm in a hurry." I may tell that story again one day. It doesn't make me a criminal. It's my experience. You don't have to read it and you don't have to read Tom's article. If you do so just to tear him apart, try writing your own and wait for the reviews to give you an idea how unrelenting sour grapes appear to others.

10 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by soundcloud on 02/16/2017 at 2:05 PM

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