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Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

This Campaign Financing, on both sides, is pure BS; especially the Reports in the Arizona Daily Independent (ADI); an Online Forum for Racists and Bigots!!

Substantive change in TUSD will NOT come with a Change in the composition of the Board/Administration. It will only come when TUSD Teachers regain Control of their Classroom as given them by Arizona Law: Arizona Revised Statutes 1- 841, A(1)(2). TUSD Teachers have been Professionally Emasculated by the Board/Administration. They have permitted such to happen by NOT speaking out under the guise of Job Security and at the expense of their Students and Academic Programs.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 09/26/2016 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Fruit Fiends Unite for Tucson's Pomegranate Festival

I went there Saturday morning at 9 AM...and saw nothing going on and no one there

Posted by Doug Priore on 09/26/2016 at 7:12 AM
Posted by Susan Hirsh on 09/26/2016 at 6:05 AM

Re: “CM Punk and the UFC: Dishonorable and Disrespectful

Clime? Seriously? Keep Tucson stupid?

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Posted by Starving for phonics on 09/26/2016 at 6:00 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

Yeah, it's amazing what happens when the party with which progressives and social justice advocates SHOULD be able to affiliate with goes so far off the rails.

We end up with a Green-Tea party.

Doesn't matter from which quarter the calls for reform come from. They need to be heeded.

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Posted by Supporting Public Ed Means Supporting Local Reform on 09/25/2016 at 10:51 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

Three Sonorans--Tucson's newest conservative blogger and internet troll who is besties with Michael Hicks, JT Harris, and Mark Stegeman.

Quite a world we live in.

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Posted by ThreeSonorans4Hicks on 09/25/2016 at 10:26 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

Close TUSD. All of you have proven that it can't be fixed.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/25/2016 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

Try for Accuracy Once, You are vastly misinformed .... go in as many of the schools as you want in TUSD. I work in one and have worked in many. There are 45k children whose parents choose to keep them there. THere are many many hard working teachers who get results. The amount of students leaving is down to a trickle and some return. THe classrooms by and large are not staffed by subs. Some yes but that is true in all school systems (charters too) in Arizona because of the teacher shortage. I think you need to get some 'accuracy once'. And you bet I am lining up behind Juarez and Foster. I go to them for the truth and they give me data to back up what they say. They are honest and fight for the kids.

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Posted by Guardians on 09/25/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

I've seen the signs. I don't like the idea of linking 3 candidates together on one sign, like vote for all, or vote for none.
Each candidate has many reasons why they should be elected, but they represent many varied positions and at times, represent differing ideals.
With the budget available, couldn't you post signs for individual candidates with the TUSD Kids First logo?
I'll help you put them up!

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Posted by Juan Valdez on 09/25/2016 at 6:42 PM

Re: “CM Punk and the UFC: Dishonorable and Disrespectful

Looks like I need some work. Although I'm not a "professional" writer.

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Posted by Mark J on 09/25/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “CM Punk and the UFC: Dishonorable and Disrespectful

Kgaard, thanks for sharing your observation on this "article", or whatever it is Bryan was trying to write. I felt as if I blacked out somewhere along the way of trying to understand its content. Although I do know to read, and comprehend, this piece was difficult to get through.

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Posted by MJ on 09/25/2016 at 11:37 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

I am coming late to the party, but I just want to clarify one thing: I did not feel that I lost that Family Liaison position through retaliation, but maybe I did. At the time, I could not believe that a Magnet school with Title One money would have to choose between a reading specialist and a family engagement person. But there were strange and inexplicable things going on at the school at the time, and I, the principal and a person who had been the glue of the school (the Magnet Coordinator who also ran the after school sports program that produced so many district winners over so very many years) were all removed, one way or another before the following school year was very much underway. A new principal (BRAND new principal to a brick and mortars school) was brought in--ANOTHER thing that is not supposed to happen to Magnet Schools. When all of that happened, it was accompanied by a scary number of substitute teachers, (another thing that is not supposed to occur in Magnet Schools--and there was a Court order specifically about this: of course the District remains out of compliance on this too) and a number of families fled the school from the middle of the year on. That removed many of the more active families in the school. So there wasn't much of it that looked like it was good for the school. In retrospect and at the time, it certainly looked like the District was doing its best to close the school without really closing it (not the first time this has happened to that school) It certainly confirmed my thought that if you want to look for the GOOD in TUSD look to the teachers, the counselors, the underpaid people who are the closest to the kids. DON'T look to the District, where it seems that people get paid more and more the further they are from the kids. And finally, as to IECs, they are legal and completely unconnected to the campaigns they support, as David confirmed in the article. This is unlike taking money with no questions asked apparently from TUSD vendors very soon after voting in a 21 million dollar contract. That is really a testament to poor judgement and not asking the right questions, two characteristics that the TUSD Board does not need.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/25/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

I think I know what the "a." stands for.

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Posted by Used to be a teacher on 09/25/2016 at 8:20 AM

Re: “CM Punk and the UFC: Dishonorable and Disrespectful

This is probably the worst writing that I have ever observed in an ostensibly professional publication. It is not the just the grammar and the misspellings---this "writer" seems to not have the least idea how to express concepts and ideas through language. This "article" wouldn't receive a passing grade as a fourth grade book report. If the perpetrator of this offense against the written word has been paid even the slightest sum for said offense---then it makes what I could decipher of his garble as it concerns an unskilled person being paid for something he wasn't very good at extremely ironic.

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Posted by Kierkegaard on 09/25/2016 at 7:25 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

Well paid???? What? Teachers are incredibly underpaid! I'm married to one! Touchdown!

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Posted by D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 10:36 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

Maggie is not an alleged teacher, D.A. Rickard. She's the real deal. I know, because
I'm her husband.

If you think that teachers in TUSD are a bunch of well-paid, happy campers, you are delusional.

How underpaid would you like to be for your job?

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Posted by WILLIAM on 09/24/2016 at 10:27 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

150 openings, D.a. Rickard, because the district is being mismanaged and the teaching community knows it. I hate to be "uncivil," but I will say this in response to your most recent comment: get a clue.

There's not a single other district in Southern Arizona that has this percent of its classroom positions unfilled at this point in the school year, and this didn't used to be the case in TUSD before the current cast of "leaders" started running the district into the ground.

You've taken your wife's part doggedly and persistently here, though IMHO you've shown a lot of ignorance and poor manners in doing so. Disparaging teachers who disagree with your wife politically does not have to be part of your defense of your wife's teaching competence, teaching competence which no one -- not a single commenter in the entire, long comment stream -- has called into question.

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Posted by Get a clue. on 09/24/2016 at 9:54 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

So how did Kristel Foster and Cam Juarez both meet a Phoenix woman who gave each of them a $5,000 campaign contribution? And is it pure coincidence that this woman's husband is a VP with a company that holds a $21 million contract to manage the district's substitute teacher program? Hell no, it is not. Yet neither one of them have explained this pay-for-play deal. Corrupt. Corrupt. Corrupt.

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Posted by armory on 09/24/2016 at 9:36 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

You're right! 150 openings because all the (anonymous) great teachers will be fired for not "playing ball." Thanks, Obama!

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Posted by D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 9:33 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

In that there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 openings in the district for fully qualified teachers and far too many classrooms continue to be filled with long-suffering, underpaid subs managed by the for-profit company ESI, a fully qualified teacher would have to be pretty mouthy to get fired for PC/political reasons. Most teachers are too overworked and too pragmatic to track governing board business or to comment publicly about it under their own names. But for those who do track governing board business and object to the way the current board majority is running the district, it is smart and entirely justifiable for them to comment anonymously, when they comment. And it is mean-spirited of you to mock them when they do.

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Posted by A final anonymous comment for D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 9:20 PM

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