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Re: “Danehy

As I am writing this, the cops are cleaning up another deadly (I assume) crash at Park and Valencia, 5:40 AM. One car had the entire back end chopped off up to the front seats. Yes people, leave 10 minutes earlier and you won't have to go 60 mph down Valencia.

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Posted by Mark Robert Heywood on 02/16/2017 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Editors Note

Shut up you two idiots

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Posted by Rat, Again on 02/16/2017 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Taking Initiative

You forgot to mention the restaurants tgat closed last week due to the required wage hike. So we lost a few jobs. Think about how many new ones the increase in minimum wage will produce.


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Posted by Rat T on 02/16/2017 at 5:55 AM

Re: “Danehy

"Crappy ass jobs and political atereotypes? Any wonder why your thinking can not win elections? Toss in "a charter school graduate?"

Where does all of this hatred come from? Get control of your own life before you try to run others.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/16/2017 at 5:50 AM

Re: “Cultivating Community

It will be great to see them join together and speak out against abortion. I don't know of any faith that endorses it.

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Posted by Concerned Mom on 02/16/2017 at 5:44 AM

Re: “Rural Resistance

Why didn't you interview the widow of slain rancher Krentz, or maybe the survivors of Brian Terry's family? Too close to the truth?

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Posted by Rat T on 02/16/2017 at 5:36 AM

Re: “Danehy

Being from DC, my wife and I are constantly amused by what's considered rush hour here. But we're very pleased.

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Posted by Jimmy Zuma on 02/16/2017 at 5:34 AM

Re: “Editors Note

And would you call him a monkey if he were not white? How did tge trolls take over so called journalism? Drop tge hatred, it doesn't suit you. You have more in common with Rev Wright than you do with Mother Teresa.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/16/2017 at 5:33 AM

Re: “Editors Note

"Teabagger" is yet another shining example of "civil discourse" by left wingers in America. The etymology of the word "teabagging" involves a slang term originating in American homosexual subculture (ref-NSFW) involving a specific (typically humiliating based on context) sexual activity between two homosexual males.Jun 18, 2013"

You must be so proud of your literary skills.

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Posted by What, Again on 02/16/2017 at 5:26 AM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

If there is an effort to change administrations, you had better have an idea about who you would want and why that person will do a much much better job than the incumbent. Big district administrators who are highly successful are rare, and expensive. It's like looking for a new college football coach. You don't like the incumbent but many ADs have no idea who is better, they do a national search and "settle" . The Nevada legislature passed a bill in 2015 to break up the Clark County (Las Vegas, fourth largest in the USA) school district under the theory that better performance will ensue. The only problem was the legislature had no idea how to do the breakup and had a contentious commission draw up the break up plan AFTER the legislation passed. Millions on consultants later, it's still a mess. So you had better know what's better AHEAD OF time rather than be a fish flopping on a rock. And not the usual nilhist comments herein like "anything is better!" which is never true.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 02/15/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

Ms. Sedgwick is a well-intentioned newcomer. She is walking into...what shall I call it? World War Z.

The human beings connected with this Governing Board have long since been scratched by zombies or bitten by vampires or had their brains removed and replaced by aliens. They are all obsessed with moving their own sick, self-interested agendas forward (Grijalva, Foster, Stegeman) or they are operated via remote control by one of the main players (Hicks, by Stegeman; possibly Foster, by R. Grijalva via A. Grijalva and / or HT Sanchez, who is supposed to be Foster's employee but is actually her boss).

Ms. Sedgwick: They are trying to get you to resign. Don't do it. If you do, they will get their pawn the Pima County Superintendent Dustin Williams, who is operated via remote control by the multi-talented "Mr. Conflict of Interest" Grijalva-network-player Ricky Hernandez, to appoint your replacement.

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Posted by Sedgwick vs. the Zombies on 02/15/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

David Safier,

Once again, you prove yourself to be an extremely non-objective blogger. I'm not sure why The Weekly allows you to write for them; I assume you all have personal bias regarding TUSD, including your editor. I have seen your posts to Kristel Foster on her Facebook page, most recently the ones where she gathered her followers to support HT Sanchez at the board meeting last night. As far as your opinion on Rachael Sedgwick, you are misguided and obviously personally aligned with other school board members. Ms. Sedgwick has been visiting many schools in TUSD since she was elected, and has shown up at some of the schools that have lost their magnet status, expressing sincere concern and offering help. She's an intelligent and thoughtful person, and she has the integrity to question the unfortunate and apathetic status quo in TUSD.

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Posted by Maruk on 02/15/2017 at 6:31 PM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

The Latino plaintiffs' representative has expressed her perspective on Foster's highly tendentious, unverifiable and quite possibly slanderous account of what led to Sedgwick's submission of the agenda item. Both Campoy's response and Foster's alarmist e-mail, which was circulated to undisclosed recipients together with a plea to show up at the Board meeting and make their Sanchez-supporting perspectives heard, are available for review here:

And many sycophants who are too ignorant or naive to recognize malfeqsance when they see it and / or who had something to gain by brown-nosing the PCDP-affiliated TUSD Board members and their little-boy-whose-naughtiness-must-always-be-excused Superintendent heard the summons and dutifully provided their nauseating commentary in the Call to the Audience at last night's Board meeting, together with a few ever-dwindling representatives of sanity and social justice, like Copeland and Putnam-Hidalgo.

"Board watchers, stay tuned?"

Board watchers: think better of your TUSD addiction and find a more worthwhile way to spend your time. There is truly nothing to see here that hasn't been seen a thousand times before and won't be seen a thousand times again -- at least for those too stupid to learn the lesson and MOVE ON.

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Posted by Link to Sylvia Campoy's Persoective on 02/15/2017 at 5:23 PM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

"I'm only going to indulge in a general discussion of the situation. There's so much heat and so little light on both sides of this battle, it's impossible for me to sort out fact from fiction or determine the difference between cause-and-effect and random incidents. The fighting is fierce, filled with leaks, rumors, accusations and strange bedfellows."

Interesting David. I wish you had admitted the same above when you gave all of your opinions on President Trump.

Why the double standard? Liberal bias. Once again.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/15/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

Fat bloated school districts like Tucson Unified School District One are killing public education.

Ironically, TUSD was created to save money, but that was a very long time ago. Now, because of its highly politicized and dysfunctional culture, it is making a case for and helping charter schools drain funding and students away.

This also makes TUSD a poster child for politicians looking for a quick fix and money from the charter school industry and lobbies.

If you're looking for an agile, responsive, innovative and high-performance school district it is way past time to slim down TUSD into three or four smaller districts and stop trying to fit the poor old fat guy into the track suit he outgrew 50 years ago.

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Posted by sgsmith on 02/15/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

And the word came down from El Jefe Raul.

"There will be no discussion, no dissent."

And his disciples, his dependents said, "It will be.'

Break out the mariachis, Make Tucson Mexico Again!

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Posted by What, Again on 02/15/2017 at 1:27 PM
Posted by TUSD should be ashamed on 02/15/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Trump Is Going to Fall, Hard, Sometime During the Primaries

Look at how many democrats were just flat wrong. So now all they can do is try to bring him down. Our country be damned I guess is how you view it when ideology trumps patriotism. There are many people enjoying the fruits of this country that hate it.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/15/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Does TUSD Board Member Rachael Sedgwick Want to Fire Superintendent, General Counsel at the Tuesday Board Meeting?

The representative for the African-American plaintiffs in the desegregation case spoke in the call to the audience last night and contradicted what the head of the teachers' union had said about the district being within a year of achieving unitary status and resolving the desegregation case. She said -- and there are other sources who track implementation closely who have said the same thing -- that implementation of the Unitary Status Plan has been so poor during the last three years, there is no way the goals can be achieved and the case resolved within that time frame. She spoke directly to Rachael Sedgwick and said something to this effect: "you've had a setback tonight, but hang in there and keep fighting to improve services to our students."

It's a struggle that will be ongoing, and the politics in the district make it very difficult for constituents or parents with children enrolled in the schools to stay well-informed enough to understand what's happening or to move any particular advocacy issue forward. The "players" in this game -- firms with multi-million dollar contracts with the district (including testing companies), unions, heads of Chambers of Commerce -- determine what happens and their priorities have little to do with delivering sound education or ensuring that the application of funds secures student benefit.

Reformers have been right to ask if the district structures through which public education has largely been delivered in the US are capable of reform. They are right to suggest that in many of our poor urban districts, it's the structure itself that needs to be broken up or modified before any real alignment between the goals and behaviors of school administrators and student benefit can be achieved.

There is nothing to be gained by reporting on a system that is incapable of reform, where every kind of student-benefit advocacy is doomed to failure by virtue of the way the system works and by virtue of whose interests (not the students') it is geared to protect.

Time to close the book on The Chronicles of Malfeasance. Those who've understood the moral of the story will invest their time, effort, and energy -- and enroll their children -- in small, well managed school districts that don't have TUSD's dysfunctions or in alternative charter and private schools where the administration's goals align with their values and priorities.

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Posted by Supporting Local Reform Means Abandoning TUSD on 02/15/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Does TUSD Board Member Rachael Sedgwick Want to Fire Superintendent, General Counsel at the Tuesday Board Meeting?

Go Rachel. get to the bottom of this mess. Tucson deserves better.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/15/2017 at 9:35 AM

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