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Re: “Here I Go, Defending Diane Douglas Again

Georgia Cole Brousseau: "In all fairness":

Why should we pay an inexperienced and dishonest (it's documented) young administrator an unbelievably high salary to address problems in a very complicated, very troubled, extremely underfunded district in an unsatisfactory fashion?

Whether or not laughter is better or worse for your mental health and that of others who do not have children enrolled in Arizona schools, it is an inappropriate response to a situation in which irresponsible elected officials at the state level continue to degrade the quality of education being offered to the state's young people.

If you consider yourself a supporter of "public education," you should keep in mind that the willingness of people who have a vote but no children in the schools to accept sub-standard administrative competence locally for other people's children and their readiness to laugh off state-level malfeasance looks an awful lot to some of us like a circumstance that feeds the arguments that many "reformers" are making that public school governance and administration don't work. In other words: why should I, as a parent, enroll my children in a system where people like you, who are willing to sign off on (and laugh at) all kinds of BS going on in my children's school system, have a vote and a right to comment? Perhaps I should enroll my kids in a private or charter where the opinion of non-parents (and local political parties) carries no weight.

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Posted by Supporting Public Ed Means Supporting Local Reform on 08/27/2015 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Sun Tran Strike: Day 20, Another Route is Added to Limited Bus Service

Union 104 strikers and City of Tucson/Sun Tran: Clearly if your negotiator is an idiot who has no communication skill, then this negotiator has to be fired. There are people in this world who cannot handle this type of job. What's their names? Who are they? By the way, Tucson City Mayor should be be involved daily, until they settle a contract. And SunTran strikers: Be nicer to the pedestrians; you don't have to verbalized cuss words or threaten bus riders for crossing the streets where you happen to hanging out. And please wash off the smear-pictures off of the buses (ie, the naked lady, etc.). You could make it all safer for us by moving over to the parking lot nearby the railroad tracks. You all have no business taking public service from the bus riders. You all probably need a permanent vacation. We need people driving our buses who are willing to work.

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Posted by Yae Begaye on 08/27/2015 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Danehy

There is a Stupid Hikers law only it gets enforced when people are talking to their maker and get scolded for being out in the hot sun with no water!! LOL!!

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Posted by icecld2 on 08/27/2015 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Is Skepticism About High Stakes Testing Reaching a Tipping Point?

My bad. I refer to it as Moist Children LEFT Behind.

I guess that you have all now had a chance to find out that Common Core was not written by state governors. It was written by lobbyists paid by Bill Gates.

Thus the total dependence on computer training.

Corporate whores.

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Posted by Rat T on 08/27/2015 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Why doesn't he speak English? Send him back to Mexico!!!!

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Posted by azpaul on 08/27/2015 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Pleasure Activist

Fags and politicians are all the same, they screw you in end

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Posted by azpaul on 08/27/2015 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Gender Pay Gap: Tucson in the Shit List, According to an Analysis

Tucson is burdened by being located in the stingy, bat-crap crazy, right-wing republiKlan wet dream state of Arizona...

WIth "democrats" burdened with a bunker mentality and afflicted by their mistaken belief in the dominant paradigm...

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Posted by ChetDude on 08/27/2015 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Danehy

james25ua, so, how do you get around town if you don't drive on any roads that have merge (drop) or trap lanes? do you also only ever make right turns so you don't have to ever make a left turn?

It sounds like it is YOUR problem, not theirs. YOU get angry, YOU can't stand that they act morally and spiritually wrong and rudely too. but that's YOUR problem, because legally, they're right.

breathe dude. drop it down a notch, leave 15 (45 since you don't make lefts) minutes earlier, and you'll find your stress levels go way down and you'll, hopefully, live longer too.

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Posted by Snarky Name on 08/27/2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Is Skepticism About High Stakes Testing Reaching a Tipping Point?

It was NCLB, Rat, not MCLB. That program was a compromise between George Bush and Ted Kennedy and was praised by many as a bi-partisan effort to improve education by those who are not educators. Turned out they were wrong. A lot of educators were skeptical at the beginning, and as it developed, we called it "No Child Left Untested."

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/27/2015 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Here I Go, Defending Diane Douglas Again

I must comment in the interest of fairness that the few issues I have taken directly to Dr. Sanchez have been addressed. Not always to my satisfaction but attempts have been made to resolve the issues and some have been successful. Where the Dept. of Ed is concerned, they have been a circus on various occasions stretching back many decades. Right now, they are approaching a peak because of the split and civil war being waged in the Republican Party. As observers, we can laugh or we can cry. Laughing is better for our mental health. Douglas had a record of public behavior on the Peoria School Board. Who was expecting something different? Is she better than Huppenthal? At least she isn't spending her days (yet) beating up on TUSD and Mexican-American students. I view this as a plus. Very glad I voted for the other guy. Pity more people didn't.

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/27/2015 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Media Watch

You're just jealous that Shuster looks better in a cheerleader sweater than you do.

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Posted by Tedski on 08/27/2015 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Media Watch

Take off the KOLD Cheerleader sweater and put down the Pom Poms, Shoe.

KOLD hasn't been "...a consistent No. 1 in the market ..." for more than a year which is why you haven't referenced the local Nielsens for even longer than that.

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Posted by ShusterShamelessShill on 08/27/2015 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Here I Go, Defending Diane Douglas Again

The TUSD stats site which was so informative to the public, no longer exists. Now, I hear parents can't even access it? I'm sure that's part of HT's plan. FYI, the stats guru at TUSD is no longer in that position, although he still works for the district. People should take those letters from administrators seriously, because a good deal of the information in them is true.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 08/27/2015 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Here I Go, Defending Diane Douglas Again

You are absolutely right Equal Opportunity AZ Political Entertainment. None of the actors at the state level or in TUSD should be off offhandedly dismissed as bad jokes. This is serious business, even more so because the same bad actors are re-reelected in each election cycle - by the Republicans at the state level and the Democrats locally. I appreciate your comment.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/27/2015 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Gender Pay Gap: Tucson in the Shit List, According to an Analysis

In reading the numbers, Tucson is actually better than the number two city, in the percentage earned by women compared to men. The WHOLE point of the story anyway......Once again....STUPID LIBERALS!!!

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Posted by cempiremtn on 08/27/2015 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Here I Go, Defending Diane Douglas Again

The district's data management program, TUSD Stats, is being rebuilt and is currently not delivering accurate and updated data to parents. The problems are projected to continue throughout this school year. Is that funny?

What's the excuse for not getting what needed to be done with the district's data management system done before the school year began?

David, here's a way to make yourself truly useful: give Adelita a call and find out for us. Surely she knows, being as well informed about every detail of the district's business as she has been for the past decade and more....

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Posted by What a laugh... on 08/27/2015 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Sun Tran Strike: Day 20, Another Route is Added to Limited Bus Service

Actually, I am hoping they stay on strike. My reasons you might ask? 1. I caught the #17 bus headed S from Grant Rd to Speedway Blvd one evening after getting out of class. The bus driver had shit himself, and when I gagged from the smell, he had the audacity to bitch did I want to ride. Seriously like he was going to throw me off right there. I can tell you I did not answer not wanting to breathe, slid my dollar in and went to the back of the bus; where by the way every other passenger was packed tighter than a can of sardines and sat down. That was the longest mile in my life. 2. The stops in this town are not coordinated and it is bad enough that on an application or at an interview if you put down or say you rely on the bus as transportation; you will not get the job. 3. I am hoping that a company steps up to the plate and offers ride share to businesses that the employees have to rely on broken down equipment, rude drivers, and a mass of homeless or just beggars at every stop, just to get to work. 4. When you must plan on leaving 2 hours in advance to get anywhere on time in this city riding Sun Tran, well I think that speaks for itself.

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Posted by Nancy Raines on 08/27/2015 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Here I Go, Defending Diane Douglas Again

BrianClymer - But do you know enough about TUSD to know what Safier's "commentaries on public education" leave out? If not, you're missing an essential piece of "what is happening to public education in Arizona," which involves mismanagement at BOTH the state AND the local level.

Rick Spanier - Parents with children enrolled in these schools don't find any of this funny. As someone who has to deal with the results of politicians' and administrators' incompetence, I don't find any of this -- the TUSD Board and Superintendent, Ducey, the Board of Education, Diane Douglas -- to be a laughing matter. In my opinion, people who laugh at what is going on at any level of this state's "education" fiasco are deeply offensive and irresponsible.

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Posted by Equal Opportunity AZ Political Entertainment on 08/27/2015 at 9:26 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Thanks for the mention, Jim. In addition to being a progressive blogger and activist, my day job is managing editor of the American Journal of Medicine. I filed my paperwork with the Secretary of State as a Clean Elections candidate this week. It's time to end the Tea Party's reign of terror and end government against the people. pam

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Posted by hadley on 08/27/2015 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Danehy

My Most Honourable Tom, the Forest Service does indeed let many fires burn to clear out old dead brush and buffelgrass, as long as they're not endangering property. It let two fires we had in the Pusch Ridge area burn themselves out for this reason, and also because they were in remote areas. Same for that recent fire near Corona De Tucson, even though it had to fight the northern flank because it was getting too close to homes. To be sure, rain helped all these fires from getting out way out of hand. Many fires --especially small ones -- in remote parts of Arizona are managed, not fought, "to accomplish resource objectives," as the FS likes to say.

Here's an interesting fact, via the Wildfire Today blog: "Only natural ignitions may be managed for resource benefit objectives,” said Holly Kleindienst, the Kaibab’s [National Forest] deputy fire staff officer. “Human caused starts must be suppressed according to the Forest Service’s 2009 Guidance for Implementation. From 1970 to present, lightning accounts for about 75% of the 150 wildfires that start on the Kaibab each year. Our supporting Forest Plan, and community support, coupled with plenty of lightning are the reason that the Kaibab has been able to treat an average of 11,000 acres per year with lightning caused wildfires since 2003,” she continued."

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