Have You Noticed
I’m sure everyone is aware of elections coming up soon. And I’m sure you have also noticed the many dissatisfied constituents, either with individual incumbents, or as a group.
Notwithstanding our own dysfunctional Democratic and Republican Congress’ inability to get things done, one thing is clear, the Democrats and Republicans are not working together as “a team” for the benefit of our country. The point to be made is that politicians are not elected as a working “team” but individuals who wind up as spoilers. That is Democracy at work.
This brings me to the Tucson Unified School District’s (TUSD) Board of Governors (BOG) coming election of Board Members, and the reported in-fighting to gain control of the Board between those aligned with the Democratic Party and those with Republicans.
Clearly TUSD’s Board of Governors do not, and have not worked together as a team for years. In addition, their individual incompetencies have exacerbated an already dysfunctional administration, and has contributed to TUSD’s untold loss of multi-millions of dollars.
The election of TUSD’s five-Member Board of Governors is accomplished by a lay public who do not have the vaguest idea what experience a Board Member should have as the final authority in administering TUSD’s vast institution. Not only does this administrative authority include its educational programs, but the administrative functions of Finance, Human Resources, Physical Resources, Transportation, Food Services, Information Technology, etc. Do the elected Board Members have this vast experience?
Board Members get around their ignorance by hiring consultants to hire their Superintends based upon TUSD input. Since 2009, three Superintendents have come and gone. This does not speak well for the consultants TUSD chose, nor the selection criteria TUSD provided.
In spite of the fact that all Superintends held Doctorates, they demonstrated a disconnect with the administrative business world, the Board of Governors, and the TUSD working Faculty and Staff.
The TUSD Board of Governors’ democratic electoral system breeds incompetence exponentially, compounded by personal agendas and personalities.
It may be time for TUSD to “un-unify” to more manageable administrative entities.
Ms. Herreras: In stead of a pretty mug shot of the Grijalva family, may I make a suggestion so as to provide the readers of the Tucson Weekly with the facts of TUSD during the tenure of one named Adelita Grijalva? :....Check the Enrollment Statistics, Central Administration Expansion, Budget Allocations, and AIMS Scores.
The support, in this case, tacit support, of this School Board Candidate by the Tucson Weekly should NOT be a "knee jerk" reaction to her incumbency and her families affiliation with the Democratic Party. The Tucson Weekly will loose readership ..and...more importantly...Credibility.
This guy is a jerk. I regularly ride my bike on University and 4th Ave. If necessary I move over and let the streetcar go past. He should of been ticketed.
TUSD Needs New Leadership says: "Take a good look at every other governing board in our county and you will not find anyone who performs their duties in the way that BOTH Grijalva and Stegeman have approached theirs."
All this statement shows is an unfamiliarity with the members of other governing boards in Pima County. Sunnyside had three governing board members who were just plain evil. Now, following a recall, they are down to only one. Catalina Foothills, where the student demographics produce excellent results despite an administration that has driven out many wonderful educators, has several Board members who don't have a clue what really goes on in that district. It is pointless to go on since your statement has already been proven false.
The issue is not that Governing Board members in TUSD cannot get along or were absent when "how to compromise" was taught in the first grade. The issue is that the Board majority puts their own interests and the interests of the administration far ahead of the learning needs of students. Just a quick look at where TUSD spends its money can tell you that...if you take the time to look.
There is no such phenomenon as School Board Micromanagement! The Board sets Policy!!! The Administration implements this Policy!!...and ...it is the Boards responsibility to insure that this is done!! All Administrative Offices within Central Administration, School Administration, Teachers, Students, and Staff answer DIRECTLY to the Board.
The Board can delegate authority, of course; but, the responsibility of insuring that TUSD is providing a Positive/Successful Academic Experience to ALL Students in the District resides with the Board.
The Boards delegation of authority does not entail an abnegation of their responsibility as the guardians of the System of Public Education within TUSD.
The business model is sound. 3/4ths of the population is obese.
Cathy, great post! EXCELLENT. I wish I was able to see the video. I'll look via UTUBE, Mom must have recieved a lot of flack or she wouldn't have taken it down. If my child was that smart at that age I'd be proud to show his amazing smarts despite whatever criticism I recieved. God Bless You!
The video has been taken down by the mother I'm supposing. I did see an article and they were at meal time my guess would be when she told the children. I know if I had ever had another child, it would be during a great activity and making sure my 1 child was upbeat about things around them before breaking the news.
Somone I just read and +sed the post how smart the child is. Based on what I read. Small children need to know they will always be the oldest and always be loved, not telling the children during meal time. Was the dad even there when the children were told?
After 20+ yrs of teaching elementeray education, 1st graders, I've got a distaste when the Grammer Nazi's come out not to comment but to criticize someones great deeds. Whoever you are you shouldn't be doing this, you'll drve people away who don't speak ESL English or who spell according to how their accents are. My mother's from Japan and college grad in both Japan and here from Univ. of Hawaii, she still spells by her accent @90 yrs old. Stop the criticism, you don't go on msg boards for correct grammer, it's to share ideas and make your points. Point being beautiful calf elephant.
This is about a beautiful baby elephant and that is the topic at hand. David, great comments and please know, whatever your spellings typo's grammer education class you didn't sign up for, & criticism you recieved by one who knows all actually knows nothing, notice not a word about the calf, just nouns, pronouns. etc. Your post was well taken and great!
David: Do you have an example of the micromanagement to which you refer? I think that the main "micromanagement" problem in TUSD is Central overmanaging the schools.
TUSD Needs New Leadership: Your long post does not discuss a single actual issue facing TUSD, past or present. It is the obsessive focus on personalities rather than on issues and schools that tends to make the TUSD discussion so toxic. In the end no one cares who is on the board. What matters is what decisions the board makes.
People focus on personalities rather than on issues when the issues-driven discussion would not support the conclusions they want to reach.
I'll give this business one year before it goes bankrupt.
What happened to un-bias reporting?
You can't lose something you never had.
The Tucson Weekly and its' reporters must look critically and objectively at Grijalva's tenure as a Member of the TUSD Board. It has been an unmitigated disaster in my opinion: Again Check the Enrollment Statistics, Central Administration Expansion, Budget Allocations, and AIM Scores. The support of a Candidate by the Tucson Weekly should NOT be a "knee jerk" reaction to her incumbency and her families affiliation with the Democratic Party. If so, the Tucson Weekly will loose readership ..and...more importantly...Credibility.
Can't speak for Safier of course but then asking him to comment on the positions of Grijalva is an exercise in futility. Adelita is of course a royal member of the Democratic tribe and despite the continuing collapse of TUSD, she is untouchable by Safier who is apparently more interested in party purity than revamping the failing district. Dr. Stegeman committed the ultimate sin, supported Republican candidates and switched party affiliation. That explains Safier's continuing campaign against a board member who is not even running for election.
Vive le Quebec Libre!! Just kidding we're going to check out USFries NOW!
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What's the address on 4th Avenue?
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