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Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

They don't skip it, "Frances," they just apply it selectively. Just like every lapdog, on the right and on the left, does. Including you. (You're constantly yammering about failures of financial transparency of charters and privates applying vouchers, but when TUSD stacks its audit committee with employees of the district or claims things in its self-reporting that are not independently verified by an external audit, or fails to apply deseg funds in the way the court-approved plan requires, or violates Open Meeting Laws in how it determines the goals upon which the Superintendent will be awarded his annual inflated bonus, or rubber stamps a ludicrous, inexcusable, extortionate compensation package for the Superintendent, not a peep from you.)

Here's how you can tell genuinely disinterested, public spirited commenters, when there is any discussion of applying moral standards to politicians: they apply their standards uniformly to all comers, public, private; right, left; Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green, Independent -- you name it.

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Posted by How to tell concerned citizens from LAPDOGS on 02/14/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

If Falwell was a true Christian and real proponent of "religious liberty" he claims he is, then he would teach students, with just love in his heart and certainly not charge them ANYTHING. And he certainly would not want ANY government money, guaranteed loans or anything. Because that would spoil his Liberty. But as usual, flaming hypocrisy is greater than any religious pronouncements. "Woe to you scribes, Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows' houses, and for pretense, say long prayers, therefore you will receive greater condemnation." Mathew 23:14. Of course they skip that one at Liberty.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 02/14/2017 at 11:44 AM

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

There's still time for Adelita to organize a 'chain-in' of children of illegal aliens to take over the meeting.

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Posted by What, Again on 02/14/2017 at 11:32 AM

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

The Call to the Audience tonight should be interesting. It would be reasonable to conclude that many of those who've been on the receiving end of damage related to the constant lies and shocking incompetence of the last three years will be using the opportunity to tell their stories and express their opinions about which way the vote should go.

Personally, I'll be watching for Stegeman's vote on the issue. He and some of his University High School (UHS) separate site buddies may have made some progress in bringing Sanchez -- who is no friend to either desegregation or increased opportunities for low-SES students like those enrolled at Rincon -- around to their way of thinking on that particular issue. If he votes "no" on Superintendent termination, that will probably be the reason why.

(Though "UHS separate site" may seem like a small issue, to anyone who has been near UHS during the last decade, it is clear that for the hard core "separate-siters," many of whom are well connected and one of whom is a former head of the local teachers' union, this issue is the BE ALL, END ALL of their existence. They will mow down anything in their path to get it accomplished, including an opportunity to rid the district of disastrously bad leadership.)

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Posted by Watch for Stegeman's Vote on the Issue on 02/14/2017 at 11:11 AM

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

Thanks for the heads up, David, though most who follow the district knew about this already.

The interesting question, though, is "Why is David Safier publicizing the event?"

Is it because Safier's friends have already struck some sort of deal that they believe will stack the way the meeting plays out to make Sedgwick look bad?

After following your commentary on TUSD for three years, that's the only reason I can think for you to recommend that people watch this Board meeting.

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Posted by Why is Safier publicizing this agenda item? on 02/14/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

Estimated Cost of attendance for in-state undergrads at over $25K per year in our state university system -- and this in a "public" university that just raised over $1 billion in private funds for itself -- is not "as nearly free as possible."

Dare we guess that the greater portion of those private funds raised by a public institution will go, not to benefit students or reduce the burdensome cost of tuition, but to support donors' concerns, e.g. improved research facilities / funding in areas that benefit industries?

In any case, we won't get any reporting on the topic from Safier. The Arizona Medical Association recently issued a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the University of Arizona medical school system. Every physician or health care professional I've spoken with locally says there are serious concerns in the medical community about Banner's takeover of UMC and the quality of care delivered subsequent to that takeover. Pima Community College has been experiencing disruptions in service delivery and accreditation. Sub labor was outsourced in TUSD, reducing wages and destroying long term subs' ability to qualify for benefits. Do we hear about any of these serious issues from David Safier?

No.

Why? Dare we guess it is because the politicians for whom he serves as an obedient little lapdog are on the wrong side of that slew of issues which damage our local educational system and exploit students?

"Yip, yip," David. Keep it up. Lap dogs make great guard dogs for some folks (filthy political networks), but not for others (students who are being exploited and poorly served as the voracious wolves on both sides of the political fence continue to raid the public ed henhouses that should be providing quality education services "as nearly free as possible.")

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Posted by More yipping from the best local PCDP lapdog on 02/14/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

This is ideological war based upon a tax status. For-profit graduate 2-year (certification/certificate) students at a rate of more than double their non-profit peers. The default rates are bad, some recruiting practices were horrible, but the community colleges that have almost equal default rates and entrance standards gobble up government funding without judgement because of their tax status.

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Posted by DK200B on 02/14/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

That was brilliant What, Again. But why only two of the sexes?

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Posted by Aren't there four, or five? on 02/14/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

Arizona Constitution, Article 11 Section 6.

The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible.

What happened?

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Posted by What, Again on 02/14/2017 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

David Safier is right here. But it doesn't matter. His reporting on TUSD is completely compromised by the sad fact that his nose is so far up the asses of the superintendent and assorted lackeys. You whiff shit just reading the stuff. And what does that say for the Weekly? There's not even pretend objectivity here. Go read his latest, gushy brown-nosing on Kristel Foster's FB page. You'll see what I mean. Tucson deserves better than this crap.

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Posted by school guard on 02/13/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education." -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

The founders understood the importance of education and an educated electorate to maintaining a nation controlled by the people and their elected representatives.

Those who are in power now would do well to remember that part of what made America great in the first place was public education.

Unfortunately, those in power today know full well that to maintain their control of the people they must take away any opportunity to see behind their facade and discover the house of cards build upon a foundation of maintaining fear and the control of information. Freedom of speech and the freedom of the press have never been in such peril.

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Posted by sgsmith on 02/13/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

My first time was in an outhouse outside Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Posted by Falwell on 02/13/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

What a great choice. Thank God the liberals will not allow discrimination based on anything, or they could have stopped this.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/13/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

So to an establishment liberal like Safier appointing someone who has successfully grown a higher level education institution successfully is a detriment?

You criticize the online enrollment but do you have any idea, any idea at all the amount of money ASU is spending to expand their online enrollment thoughout the country?

And what's wrong with online education? Are you ignoring technology developments over the last 20 years? Of course you are. You're ignorant to today's world, fat and happy with your government retirement check.

The education paradigm has changed. Today's America couldn't care less about 4 years of indoctrination when the value added learning can be had in 20 months. But not old liberals. Stuck in the past and determined to trap everyone there with them.

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Posted by What, Again on 02/13/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Fiamme Pizza Napoletana Restaurant Now Open

Just got lunch from Fiamme, a margherita pizza and a caesar salad. Both very good. They have a great wood fired oven in the front of the restaurant. Terrific, chewy crust. (I don't work for the Trump administration, so I can say all this, right?)

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Posted by David Safier on 02/13/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

Frances, faith in God is not a private interest. The only real gain occurs after death. many people have decided to smear faith with some sort of broad religious brush to cover up for some other fear or inadequacy.

I believe the original intent mirrored the USC that the government shall not establish a religion. I also believe if the federal government chooses to solve education problems by allowing it, the states may follow.

Both sides use the USC as a security blanket, and even at that neither finds much security. But continuing to try to solve education issues by doing the same thing we have been doing will provide the same results we have been getting.

And that is the definition of insanity.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/13/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

So do you, Frances. (Genuflect to the Constitution when it supports your discriminatory anti-Catholic school funding policy agenda, while conveniently ignoring other law-based and constitution-based arguments that don't conform to the ideological points you want to push.)

I'm asking you again: what's your message to the parents of students enrolled in the recently de-magnetized TUSD schools:
"This form of mis-managed, insufficiently professionalized 'education' is good enough for you because the money that flows through this district, unlike the money that flows through charters and voucher-supported private schools, conforms to the Arizona Constitution, which happens to coincide with my ideological priorities on this particular point, and, not coincidentally, benefits the political party / machine with which I affiliate?"

The kind of differential acces to quality educational opportunities that happens in mismanaged districts like TUSD is an ongoing shame and injustice. Their chronic inability or unwillingness to address inequities in the quality of services offered from one site to the next is the reason a 40 year old desegregation order is still unresolved. I would not wish on my worst enemy the misfortune of having to enroll a child in ANY of this district's schools -- even the supposedly "high functioning" ones -- especially not while the district continues to suffer under its current incompetent and venal administrative management. And that statement is based on direct and extensive experience as a parent and volunteer and direct and extensive experience as a participant in and observer of governance meetings. Unlike other arguments made in this stream, what I have written here is not based on utopian fantasy about what our local public schools SHOULD BE in theory but ARE NOT in practice.

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Posted by Yet again, contra "Frances Perkins" on 02/13/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

Article 2, Section 12. Arizona State Constitution. NO PUBLIC MONEY SHALL BE APPROPRIATED OR APPLIED TO ANY RELIGIOUS WORSHIP, EXERCISE, OR INSTRUCTION, OR TO THE SUPPORT OF ANY RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT. Of course conservatives genuflect to the Constitution when convenient and ignore it when their private interests benefit.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 02/13/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

What again, why do you support pedophiles?

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Posted by Vietnam vet on 02/13/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

At the national and state level, politicians supporting choice policies have won.

We will not be returning to a state of affairs where large, monolithic, centrally administered "public school districts" -- many of these districts, in poor urban areas, in the grips of corrupt political machines -- once again enjoy an inappropriate monopoly on the use of public funds to educate American citizens. This changed circumstance in the field of education is entirely appropriate, given our political, cultural, and demographic situation as a nation: we live in a pluralist society that guarantees freedom of religion, and we've long since lost our faith that there is any such a thing as a value-neutral perspective that can be reliably conveyed in impersonal, centralized, state-controlled educational institutions. You can read any number of political scientists, cultural anthropologists, and literary critics to bring yourself up to date on this topic, if you higher education came in the days before Post-Modernist epistemologies resoundingly defeated the Modernist project: James C. Scott. Clifford Geertz. Marshall Sahlins. Stanley Fish.

Memo to the "anti-privatizers": if your involvement in policy debates on these issues is actually motivated by a concern for student well-being, it's time to shift your policy advocacy emphasis to putting legislation in place that supports fiscal transparency for all institutions using public funds and a suitably flexible (not Common Core-style) agreement about what constitutes academic competence in each of the disciplines.

Some seem to believe that "religious" schools don't accept appropriate academic standards in the sciences, but this is not uniformly true. Some do, some don't. Salpointe recently installed a state-of-the-art STEM center and it teaches the same AP science curricula other college preparatory high schools do. As for the "hot button" politicized science issues: recently a Carmelite scientist from South America whose research on climate change contributed to the formulation of the pope's encyclical on the environment, Laudator Si, gave a talk at Salpointe. He was not a climate change denier.

Some seem to believe that all "religious" schools limit women's opportunities and perpetuate outmoded gender stereotypes. Once again: some do, some don't. Salpointe's first Rhodes Scholar was a Hispanic young woman, a varsity athlete, and a top student.

If there are young people right now in Tucson who could benefit from the opportunities Salpointe and other schools like it can provide, their parents' income levels should not be an obstacle. We are fortunate that our public policy in this country is starting, in a very small and limited way, to rectify some of the gross injustices we have tolerated relating to income-discriminatory access to educational opportunity.

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Posted by Time to change the policy agenda, "anti-privatizers." on 02/13/2017 at 10:07 AM

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