With the excellent pizza in Tucson (to name a few: Reilly, Falora, Time Market), it is beyond absurd to wait two hours for the privilege of ordering a pizza.
Wow, Ms Griffin, the property taxes in Tucson must be very low, my taxes in Oro Valley would not allow a 4 year vacancy! What. Ever. I plan to spend truck load of money on vinyl in 2015 and will haunt the PDQ!!
David: Is this being recorded.? I'd like to have been there but live in Prescott (but follow your comments on the Range) would like to see it - You Tube or whatever
The bill also increased the amount of money that individuals can give to political parties - anybody else think there is too much money from special interests as it is?
The bill also bought more F-35's that the Pentagon did not request.
The bill also cut WIC funding.
MOST of Who agrees they are Underpaid? I dont AGREE.. I think they are Overpaid Prima Donnas who arent doing their Job worth a Hoot. Worse School District in Arizona - Racist, Incompetent and Lousy Entitled Whiners.. Thats why I vote NO on ANY money (overrides, bonds) for TUSD. No way No How am I rewarding another Grijalva led Racist Boondoggle.
I tend to believe that the best Mexican food is probably not made by people named things like Krueger and Dick...or in the Foothills.
Gandalf... it's easily possible to let it sit when you ALREADY OWN the building... the land.... and all the contents inside! ;o)
Well said, Vince. I touched upon the same thing 2 weeks ago. You can talk facts until you're blue in the face to Tom and his ilk. It just won't sink in. He let me down again this week. So what's wrong with working in Denny's? Maybe,with this wonderful Obummer econemy, it's all a person can find. Maybe some people simply aren't that bright. Not everyone is blessed with the brains your 2 kids have. Better they should sit on their asses waiting for a Gov't check? I don't think so. And what the Hell did Ayn Rand do? The poor woman is dead and buried. Give her a break.
It says here that it closed June, 2014.
That other person is right. It did not in 2011. I went there January of 2014. It was just in this past year (2014) that it actually closed. Kinda strange that this article was published in 2011.
From the perspective of a huge supporter of teacher/staff raises, the issue of "TUSD would not put the money into raises" SHOULD be considered by the Board. Financial transparency is not a hallmark of this administration (or any)--the difference is that to varying degrees, we have had Board members that actually demanded accountability. The general taxpayers still don't know the funding for the pre-schools, still don't know what happened to Title One funds and still don't have a good feeling about money that goes to TUSD, I fear. For the life of me I can't figure out why this isn't seen as TUSD's number one accounting and public relations problem to be solved. Like all politicians, it seems that the Board and the Supe are depending on us to have no memory come the next Bond or override request. PLEASE if I am wrong, PROVE ME SO by increasing transparency enough to honestly WIN that next override request.
Just as "We don't want to" doesn't constitute a legal argument (about the State paying back TUSD and other districts the money that it has been stealing over the years) Sanchez' "We will have the money" doesn't constitute financial security. In fact, it is amazing to me how often his words, like the Kool Aid they represent, work as a palliative for otherwise thinking and analytical people. That said, its obvious that the teachers and the rest of the site based staff desperately need more for what they do. Why a person who works with columns of numbers makes more than a person who teaches a classroom of children, or drives a bus full of children, is a mystery to me. One profession makes more money for someone, the other makes more of a future for many. The salary difference is obviously arbitrary and not based on any real sense of value.
If you were at or listening to the meeting, you might have noticed that the vote revolved around framing more than anything. As usual, Stegeman was set up as being anti-worker on this vote, when his comments actually reflected that selling this package as a secure one was the problem, not this years' raise. As it is, the Board votes on the annual raises, so I suspect that although none of the sitting members had the cojones to admit it, they ultimately voted for Stegeman's proposal and not theirs. That is, he proposed a payout this year without making commitments for the following years because there is no reason to believe that we will have the money. In the future, school funding being what it is in Arizona, voting for teacher/staff salaries may well depend on what programs or buildings the school board is willing to close to maintain them. Given their past turnarounds on school closures and some of their statements on MAS, when the going gets rough, teachers/site staff may well be the losers.
Finally, it would be interesting to know if anyone suggested that the raises only apply to those below a certain level of salary. The complicated discussion that Safier cites about compression etc. should have been accompanied by a similar conversation about raises that Directors and others have received as their positions were re-posted (there has been a HUGE turnover at 1010) and (unapproved) $10,000 bonuses they are getting this year for the first time in their contracts. But that wouldn't have been Kool-Aid.
(Sorry for such a long post!)
I am so glad we can support for-profit corporate schools and pseudo on line schools (100 kids per so-called teacher) with our taxpayer money. After all my brother in law needs to sell a $100,000 worth of paper to an on line school. And with an extensively reported election for the Sunnyside and TUSD school boards, I am sure Basis will want their board answering questions about their operations in public, with a public vote for their board. Read the Arizona Republic series from 2012 on charters. Read the Detroit Free Press series in charters in Michigan from 2014. Crossout Michigan and add in Arizona, and the story is a ditto here. That's for your ditto heads who have a hard time reading anything.
Wait a second! Are you saying the store closed for 4 years with the inventory inside? How is that possible? No income and the owner is paying rent on a building for 4 YEARS?
You nailed it Harlan. Our esteemed journalist, radio host, nuclear scientist ,and basketball coach has never been open to changing his mind while on the radio or in his column. This usually indicates a pride issue.
The worst of all sins if I remember right.
Even when he would get his ass handed to him in a " talk show" debate, Tom was right back espousing
his tired doctrines the very next week. Kind of like the football defensive corner who gets burned repeatedly by the wide receiver, but keeps yapping at the guy who has beaten him consistently.
I advise that you quit wasting your time. Every point in the article is easily refuted, but why bother
when some people aren't really listening anyway.
Although claiming to be an "industrial strength Catholic" you will notice that Tom seldom mentions the "injustice" of late term abortion, evil child molesting priests or what big government dependence
has done to minority neighborhoods.
As for calling people " petty and small " while referring to the new Guv as douchey, what can you say?
I also think that Margaret Sanger "sucks", not Ayn Rand. Merry Christmas
Wow! well said Mr/Mrs Rat! I get it.
Of course, teacher salaries are not funded by asking the public to chip in the cost of few cafe mocha's at Starbucks. Schools are funded by local districts, the state and federal agencies. The state already owes TUSD - all K-12 school districts in Arizona - millions or billions of funding they preferred not to pay while the district has a bloated bureaucracy that should be trimmed to, in part, provide teachers with a respectable pay hike.
The raises provided by the governing board are a meager first step in addressing the disrespect teachers are held in when push comes to shove - their paychecks. This new raise will provide teachers with - on the average - less than $10 a week; again a couple of lattes at the local coffee shop.
It's a start but not much to celebrate.
Shoot the messenger if that is the limit if your capabilities, but a thinking person will see that I am trying to help with a paradigm shift that may actually restore public education. Parents are voting with their feet by leaving schools, moving out to the suburbs and experimenting with charter schools. Why?
TUSD loses students, teachers, funding, and then closes schools. And they still fear competition. They try to discredit, defund, and outlaw it.
Two entities that successfully dealt with it, the US Post Office and some state motor vehicle departments. They identified it as "competition" and then they embraced it. Both are seeing marked improvements in customer satisfaction and employee attitudes. Competition makes us all better.
Americans are a freedom loving group that were told early on by educators to protect and encourage free speech. But fear is keeping you from that truth.
2014 will go down in history as the year that Jonathan Gruber exposed Americans to the leftist thought process. Sort of an higher educated elitist fifedom that knows best what is good for all.
Are you willing to go down with him?
When did the original Corleon's close down?
You flatter me. i knew you read them. You had to, to respond.
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