Linda is wrong about the "Stalinist Architecture". Stalin-era architecture in Russia is actually quite distinctive. It is the Khruschev and Brezhniev-era buildings which are really awful, and which remind one of the government and bank buildings downtown.
If this dude actually got paid for writing this then I want to get paid for reading it.
Has Young Martin Cizmar ever been in Tucson? Everything I remember him writing about Tucson and our music scene back when he was at The New Times was dismissive and ignorant.
I hadn't been following the comment thread for a few days, so I didn't chime in on the school police discussion. For me, it's a tough one. As I wrote in the post, I deplore the use of police in schools when it leads to arrests of students for actions which should be taken care of in house. Putting people into the criminal justice system should be the last thing you do with youth, since it can have such a negative impact on their future. Schools should be places of learning, which includes learning from your mistakes. But I won't take a hard line against some kind of presence in schools of people whose job it is to monitor dangerous or illegal activity. We had someone in the high school where I taught, which was mainly middle class Anglo. I didn't feel it created a repressive atmosphere at the school, though I also felt uncomfortable having someone in the school wearing a uniform and (if I remember correctly) carrying a gun.
I'm not sure where to draw the line on this issue, and I don't know how the SROs do their jobs in TUSD. It's something the administration and the community need to watch over carefully.
Marty, get your facts straight. TUSD is obligated to pay for the plaintiffs' attorneys, period. Bury did not order TUSD to pay them because TUSD pissed him off. He merely determined the amount of the fees to which they are entitled and, by the way, agreed with TUSD that the plaintiffs' requests were excessive. Most people would call that good stewardship of public funds.
As for attacking MAS, did you fall asleep three years ago and just now wake up?
Calling these buildings "Stalinist" is as ridiculous as calling the areas around them "historic". Slapping a bright color on an otherwise sixty year old ramshackle house does not qualify it for historic status. Now these buildings might not be high architecture, but the black and white photos with superimposed barbed wire in the foreground is utterly leading and dishonest. The District, in particular, is probably the the best looking building in its immediate area (I've been to Russia many times and never seen a stucco, southwestern influenced building there!).
The TUSD bag is much more mixed than this version of Ed Shorts acknowledges. Most of the items featured in this column are in the "we want to do this," or the "we will do this" category. The entire strategic plan falls into those two categories. About the only real accomplishment here is losing "only" a couple of hundred students to other districts or charter schools.
We have seen the superintendent oppose the idea of the TUSD Governing Board hiring an independent auditor that would report directly to the Board rather than the administration. After all, why would we want the elected public representatives to really know how TUSD's money is being spent? What a silly concept!
One other thing TUSD has managed to accomplish is to upset Judge Bury enough that he has ordered TUSD to pay for attorneys to represent the plaintiffs in the seemingly never-ending desegregation legal hassle. Even kindergartens know not to get on the bad side of a federal judge by ignoring what he...or the Special Master he appointed...has recommmended.
TUSD also managed to hire Augie Romero, best known the creator of the now defunct MAS program, as the principal of one of its high schools. This was done despite the fact that Dr. Romero has zero experience in running even a tiny school, let alone a huge TUSD high school. But he does have lots of experience in using made up statistics...as in the lie that 98+% of students in the MAS program graduated high school. (Later debunked by TUSD's own statistician.) That, I am sure, makes up for his total lack of qualifications for his current highly paid position.
While she was in Cuba which she seems to admire so much she should have moved there instead and joined the breadlines for her ration. Also her income would all go to the Communist government. She is very ungrateful to be an American citizen by those remarks.
This should be an onion article. I know the author was trying to offend and upset, but this is to funny and ridiculous to to become angry about.
I just posted on the Williamette Week. Your friend is a bad writer. Sure felt good trashing his writing in his own newspaper. Maybe you should not have cited him. That didn't go well did it.
She should move to Biosphere II. It has futuristic architecture, is owned by her old school U.A. that she attended and she could live in a bubble.
The writer has been smoking a lot of dope. Boring, not funny, just plain dumb.
They called Stalinist so all of the Progressive Liberals could relate to the building.
why all the hate? A true American family. wish I could say the same.
Portland is an awful place. I work there. It's terrible for any business that's not named Nike, Intel or Facebook and the people are self-important, self-absorbed pussies.
Dan, your friend Martin is kind of a dick.
Very nice for any party member to really understand that opinions of others are OK, and to be respectful of another, regardless of their feelings. /sarcasm.
Hard to make a comment to this potentialy libelous article that would be published. Portland is a lovely downtown with lots of yuppie restaurants and pretty buildings. Too bad Oregonians do not understand that people do not need a socialist state to both survive and prosper. Arizona gets that part pretty well and we enjoy our ethnic diversity in both cuisine and people
ROMBLE ROMBLE ROMBLE! Harrumph. Whew...tired.
Well, this oughtta be fun.
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