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Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.

Please remind us how Prop123 really isn't providing new money, just returning to us what was already voted on.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 01/10/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “The Skinny

What kind of a disclaimer / "descriptive header" would cover the kind of "reporting" provided here?

"Warning: This is a gossip column where no attempt is being made to cover the behavior of local elected officials in a fair and valid way, or to provide information on local governance that is constructive and useful to citizens / the electorate in Tucson"?

TUSD is a public school district serving close to 50,000 students. It is one of the largest employers in the region and it budgeted funds for FY2017 between $300 and $400 million. For the past four years it has, in the opinions of many, suffered from bad management and chronically poor decisions in the application of public funds, to the detriment of its students, its employees, and the broader community.

The November 2016 election added a new Board member (Sedgwick) and broke up the three person board majority that made many controversial decisions 2012-2016, which included the decision to approve a compensation contract that awards the district's Superintendent for choosing not to take 40 paid vacation days every year at the rate of $1,000 per day. (That's right: he banks more than most teachers make in annual salary for choosing not to take 40 vacation days per year. His most recent annual compensation when all the various perks, expense accounts, and benefits were added up was close to $500K.)

The first TUSD Board meeting in which the new Board member will serve will take place this afternoon, Tuesday, November 10, 2017. The week before this Board meeting is to take place, Nintzel publishes this piece, which seems designed to cast Sedgwick in an Ally Miller-style punching bag / figure of fun kind of role, encouraging his readers to assume (in the words of various commenters reacting to the piece) that she is a "snob" with the "IQ of a carrot," an "egomaniac," an "imbecile," an "entitled drunk," an "ass hat," and "not qualified to be an elected official in charge of budgetary decisions."

Interesting. For the record: responsible citizens pay attention to what happens with hundreds of millions of dollars of public funds and ask that these funds be applied in ways that benefit tens of thousands of students in our region. They do not pay attention to SH*T like what is retailed in this irresponsible column, which seems intended to prepare the ground for people to discount what comes out of Sedgwick's mouth in the Board room, which may be nonsense, and may be sensible evaluation of district policy and budgeting practices.

Jim Nintzel: I believe your mother was an educator. For the sake of the educators in this community who need good governance in TUSD, please do a better job in the future reporting on the behavior of the elected officials who govern the district. The public needs to know what is happening with the application of public funds in our largest local school district. They do not need to know what the bartender said about Rachael Sedgwick's attempt to return and admittedly overpriced drink in one of our local bars.

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Posted by TUSD needs better reporting, including from Nintzel. on 01/10/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

Wrong, Again

Dying slowly (although it will speed up), with each ill-willed post.

Better make sure your will is in order. Someone has got to inherit your comic book collection when you die. Shit, you didn't spend your life in mama's basement to have her just throw that stuff out.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 01/10/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

I don't favour any of that. Your Orange Emperor, his family and orange nosers such as yourself do.

Pay attention and learn how to read my commentary if you're gonna comment on it.

So, are you feeling that you've lost some good health after posting that nonsense? If not, then you're only fooling one person...yourself

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Posted by AZ/DC on 01/10/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

"Plus, who will be around to accept the pennies on the dollar that his family members pay to have their extravagant mansions and businesses cleaned if he keeps the "illegals" out?"

Same case was made by Southerners in favor of slavery. Clearly you are in favor of a second class of citizenry, indentured service, one you and your fellow liberals can lord over.

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Posted by What, Again on 01/10/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

Wrong, Again:

Your Orange Emperor has already flip-flopped on that whole wall building thing, which is no surprise since he flip-flopped on all sorts of issues throughout his flimsy campaign. I won't even bother to mention the issues he has flip-flopped on since he has become President-elect. I guess you have such a raging hard-on for the wall that will never happen under his so-called leadership that you conveniently overlooked that. Plus, who will be around to accept the pennies on the dollar that his family members pay to have their extravagant mansions and businesses cleaned if he keeps the "illegals" out? You don't stay uber-rich as he has by actually paying people a decent salary and most U.S. citizens will not work for the low wages which undocumented immigrants will.

P.S.-Racist comments directed at our neighbours from south of the border are not nice. This is one of the many reasons why you feel that your fellow Tucsonans have no love, respect or tolerance for a poor white Christian conservative man such as yourself. They keep reading this horseshit that you post and aim their justified anger towards you, not the nice white Christian conservative men who don't post nasty and racist comments. You poor little cupcake, you will probably die before you learn how to be nice. Keep breeding all that hate and you will die sooner than you should. People who are full of the hate that you have don't have the life expectancy which nice people have.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 01/10/2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

Right on David! Even if you DON'T track deseg spending or draw the conclusions that I do about TUSD, I am happy to see this post. The nation was built out of immigrants, they didn't all come here "legally" (something which not even all CITIZENS are, all of the time....tax evasion, anyone?jaywalking, anyone?), and they all suffered from anti-immigrant sentiment once they got here. The Irish, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Central Americans, the Mexicans, the European Jews....does anyone remember any of them ACTUALLY being welcomed as the Statue of Liberty implies that they were? No. Unlike many of those that trumpet what real Patriots they are, I happen to be a big fan of that "Give me your tired, your poor, your hungry" stuff, and I can't help but notice that "give me your documented" isn't a part of it.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/10/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Thanks, Nintz, for the Throwback Thursday Skinny! This one brings back great memories of The Skinny at its finest.

Perhaps the thin-skinned folks commenting don't understand The Skinny is the Tucson equivalent of the. NY Post's Page Six. Granted, it's been a while since I picked up a hard copy of the Weekly, but I recall the column had a descriptive header that doesn't appear in the on-line edition.

Hang em with their own words:

"I got in touch with the bar owner and we both agreed it's not really a big deal and next time I'm there, I should give him a call and we'll have a drink, because I don't imagine he wants the bar's reputation to get besmirched in any way and I'm perfectly happy to let it go," she said.

Somebody's jackass ears are showing...

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Posted by UofAzWildkitty on 01/10/2017 at 6:22 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

I am not going to pile on "What, Again" and call him names. I fit all his white guy categories but lack his pathos. With many decades of watching (and mildly participating in) the politics of this country, I have watched "liberals" try to get along on TV with diminishing success. When they wanted to have a dialogue they got slapped down and insulted by rich mainstream media guys like Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly who set terrible examples for decent behavior. I have watched "conservatives" in public become more and more entrenched and intolerant and go after anyone who sees our nation from a different position in society.

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Posted by Sunriser on 01/10/2017 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Grijalva Blasts GOP Plan To Use Fuzzy Math To Justify Federal Land Sales

There is a Grand Canyon's worth of difference between Obama's little monument and Trump's huge wall. Like, billions of taxpayers' dollars. Name calling and creating stupid little names for people aren't helpful either. Soon, Obama will be way gone and no amount of blaming him will work. Hillary too because she has been retired forever. If you voted for Trump, you will need to defend just Trump.

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Posted by Sunriser on 01/10/2017 at 6:12 AM

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Posted by Brett Pette on 01/10/2017 at 4:21 AM

Re: “Keeping It Reel

Oh, Bob. Regarding your review of "La La Land": Really? Original? I guess it's been some time since you've seen REAL classics that clearly inspired multiple facets of this film, like, say "An American in Paris," "Singin' in the Rain," "A Star is Born," the Astaire-Rogers oeuvre and lesser films like "Xanadu,"and "Fame." Emma Stone was very good, but Gosling nearly ruined the film with his saturnine presence; comparing him to Sinatra and Gene Kelly is just ludicrous. The film really needed the ebullience of a Gene Kelly or the dapper charm of a Fred Astaire to really make it fly. It also needed help in the writing department; the script elements certainly betray Chazelle's youth and lack of real-life experience. I lived in L.A. for more than two decades and I cannot recall another film that so heavily romanticizes the city and the lives of its characters. Most actors in L.A. never get (paid) work in films or TV, and the small percentage who do mostly get work in commercials and as (non-union) extras. Most would gladly eat out of dumpsters for months for the chance to get a SAG card. For Stone's character to apparently limit her auditions to film and TV work shows extreme naivete, at best.
The John Legend character's assertion that "Jazz is dying" is simply not true; jazz has enjoyed a small but healthy niche market since the decline of big bands in the '50s. Given that jazz clubs are few in L.A., and regularly feature established artists of the genre with a lot more experience than Gosling's character has, some of his character's actions and attitudes are largely preposterous. How can his character have any "depth," as you put it, since there's so little of his backstory revealed to the audience?
Walter Kirn wrote a recent piece in Harper's in which he concisely skewers nostalgia, a concept in which this film is drenched: "It [nostalgia] tells romantic lies. It breeds reactionary sentiments by glorifying and simplifying what was and devaluing what is."

Posted by Starcommand on 01/10/2017 at 12:20 AM

Re: “The Skinny

The point is that the testimony of one independent witness to Ms. Sedgwick's behavior (other than Sedgwick herself) is insufficient to establish exactly what happened -- or the appropriateness of her tone and words in the exchange. Having some familiarity with her demenanor and goals as they appeared in various public forums before the election, I find it unlikely that she "screamed" during the exchange. I also find it unlikely that her point, if she did make reference to her elected position, was that she was a "big shot" deserving of universal deference, which some commenters in this stream seem to assume.

In any case, interviewing additional witnesses would be necessary to establish exactly what happened, and that was not done. If Nintzel were concerned about fairness, he would be more cautious. He gives the impression here that he is about as concerned about fairness as Safier was in reporting about the IEC "TUSD Kids First" before the election, i.e. not concerned in the least. The intent in both cases seems to be disparagement and mudslinging, not unbiased and cautious reporting of issues of real import in understanding local governance.

This form of "reporting" is beneath contempt.

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Posted by Think more & try to understand standards for reporting. on 01/09/2017 at 11:27 PM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

What Again. Well put. I love it.

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Posted by CW13 on 01/09/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

ALL children, regardless of citizen status, deserve the best education possible, and they get it.
Check the number of children and young adults that cross the border daily to attend American schools.
Another cheap shot by Safier to attack a man that's not even the President yet.
He could have reported this story with the facts, but he chose to inject his personal bias against someone into an "opinion" piece.
A retired teacher he may be, but, a reporter he's not.

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Posted by Juan Valdez on 01/09/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Mister "is this a gossip column" and Mark Stageman, did you miss the part where sedgewick said that she mentioned her position so that the manager would know she had a large facebook following? Clearly both parties involved were interviewed.

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Posted by Read More on 01/09/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Private School Vouchers Are Bad For Arizona. Discuss.

Frances Perkins - your evil/devil comment is appreciated. Because it is so easy to batter down than it is to make better. Solutions require effort and thought. Despite occasional issues my family has had good results from TUSD. But for the knee-jerks there is never mention of goodness or decency or great kids or effective programs or dedicated professionals. Just people on the outside spewing toxic, obnoxious Twitter-type political insults.

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Posted by Sunriser on 01/09/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “TUSD Magnet Schools, Desegregation, and the Next Step

Magnet schools were supposed to have been given top priority in hiring teachers, not just because it was the right thing to do given the number of vacancies that schools have had, but also because TUSD stipulated to this in last years magnet stipulation. Instead, many of us who work at central administration or at schools as administrators have continued to see the Districts HR Chief continuously fill positions at east side schools, long before the magnet schools even got a glimpse of a teacher applicant. The services that are provided by the HR Chief, Anna Maiden, and her crew are lop-sided and it is very intentional. The pattern is obvious to many of us and it leaves us with one- and only one- reason for the lop-sided attention that is given to schools which preside in wealthier neighborhoods than schools such as Utterback and Ochoa; institutionalized racism. It is not a nice word. Everyone hates it. But TUSDs policies and practices remain to be permeated with bias.

Everyone seems to make comment about the student demographics which have changed since the onset of the desegregation court order. However, what is not mentioned is that TUSD, as an institution has not changed all that much. More than sixty percent of teachers are non-minority and recruitment efforts to hire teachers of color is pathetic. Less experienced teachers are systematically placed at west side and south side schools. West side and south side schools have the largest number of substitutes. Many of the substitutes are NOT certified as teachers. Additionally, good teachers (white and non-white) are leaving TUSD very rapidly. TUSD is one of Tucsons largest employers, yet their HR Chief has no knowledge of the turn-over rate. Yet, it is clear via separation documents that teachers are leaving at a very high rate.

Of course, it does not help to have white superiority thinkers such as "Postimpressionist"
blatantly state that the darker the US gets, the stupider it becomes. Arizona is ranked almost at the bottom of states in its support of public education. We are where Mississippi used to be years ago. The US, and especially states like Arizona, are not investing in public education. Our public school infrastructure is aging with little maintenance and repair invested into our school buildings. With little respect for the profession, many teachers are leaving to more lucrative careers. Kids arent losing IQ points; they are being deprived of a quality education. TUSD needs drastic reform and Tucson needs to call out folks such as Postimpressionist on their racism.

The community gets what it demands. We all need to demand more from TUSD. ALL of us!

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Posted by TUSD- Institutionalized Racism on 01/09/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

The author's use of "Terror" in regards to a legally elected President is disgraceful and demeaning to all that have fought the "War On Terror."

Please change the words you are using to try to make your point. Not withstanding the fact that these teachers don't own these illegal immigrants. It is odd they would not first act to protect the citizen students from law breakers.

But that seems to be your vision of America.

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Posted by Major Pain on 01/09/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

MaryE2 The flaw in your thinking is that a group of armed citizens would even NEED to fire at him. Amazing how well people behave when there are immediate consequences.

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Posted by Soul Searching Is Good For The Soul on 01/09/2017 at 2:31 PM

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