Mo Udall often said the Politician's Prayer: Oh Lord, let my words be soft and tender for tomorrow I may eat them.
And Martha McSally? Again, as always, silent. Send her back to the Bone Yard
The other side has made hay out of a $20 traffic fine not paid by Fred DuVal, It's all on the table in this new horrible word of politics.
UHS is not just a collection of the brightest kids in Tucson. It is a high school filled with students who MAKE themselves better throughout their four years there. It is a school with faculty who are dedicated to the mission and spend hours of their own time to make the school better. It is a collection of alumni who are giving back to the school that made a profound difference in their lives. It's really easy to say that UHS's success is only because of the it's admissions policy. But getting into UHS is only the first of many accomplishments that students have - they have to work really hard in order to graduate from the school. If you were to take the same students and put them at their home schools or other charters/private schools - they would not leave high the same as if they attend UHS. As previously mentioned, UHS gets no additional funding and has to compete with private schools that get much more than they do. This school is one of the few bright spots of our state's public education system - not part of the problem.
All: Feel free to vote for something else next year. Not sure what to tell you, otherwise.
TE: It is the "Editor's Note," pseudonymous pal.
Safier...you are a first rate GUTTER Journalist!!!
I do not support Michael Hicks because of his record as a Member of the TUSD Board...NOT....because of any Personal Financial problems he might have had in the past. You might do well to remember..."there but for the Grace of God go I"
The Tucson Weekly would do well to stop giving you a forum for your Garbage/Despicable Articles.
Really understandable but what about boo in brave?
This is SO WRONG! People are voting with their feet in droves. Any Sunday, drop by St. Phillips and see how pathetic it looks, with small crowds, and empty spots between vendors. Then check out Heritage at Rillito and see the throngs that are there because the vendors are the best and getting better all the time. Food in Root did NOT "Take over the collection of vendors"--the majority moved to Rillito, and more move each week. (Just noticed this morning that the knife sharpener guy is now at Rillito--Yay!) Plus food trucks. Plus featured local restaurants--different one each week. Plus loads of parking. I was loyal to St. Phillips until the change, but now Rillito is my destination every Sunday.
I see the Republicans all talk about accepting the rule of law, instead of good wishes to those who now have marriage equality. You can tell they're seething.
The liberal's. The party of the blind, leading the blind. Who desire to drag our country through the mud and filth claiming that the constitution has given them the right to do so. It's to the point they have completely lost touch with common sense and decency. And are now at this point in time totally incapable of making any kind of rational judgment pertaining to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Where's The Best Sporting Goods Store? I've seen it in the past and always look for this issue to see who it is this year.
Hopefully The Lodge Sasquatch and their shit service is next. May's can stay though.
If you look at the data, Burns voted much more often on my side than on Grijalva's side, when those votes were split. I'm not saying who was right: that's just history verifiable for anyone who works back through the minutes. I am happy to make concessions, as I did when I recently voted for the short form of the strategic plan (the board never voted for the long form), although there are many things in it I dislike. For that matter, Grijalva has also sometimes made concessions and voted for things I know she did not agree with personally. The dysfunction in the board has become much worse since the 2012 election. And I am still waiting for the specific examples. I might even agree with some of them, but it is hard to agree with vapor. :-)
In fairness to all TUSD superintendents who dared to endure the office, regardless of their efforts, there is a long-standing problem that was described eloquently 28 years ago: "In a February, 1986, speech to the Tucson Metropolitan Ministry, Dr. (Paul) Houston described the tone of the district. He said, "The board may be the most visible example of this, but it's more than the board. It's between parents and board members, board members and teachers, teachers and administrators. This whole district has become programmed, over a period of time, to conflict, and I would rather be in the position of searching for solutions to problems than acting as a referee. We've got to stop this senseless bickering we have here and get on to some action."
Stegeman's protestations (which come forth quickly whenever he feels unjustly attacked by another commenter) point to exactly why he has done so much to contribute to the ill will and failure to find compromise on the Board during his tenure. He is quick to demand "evidence and examples" as if doing so will cause others to fail in their recall of how he conducted business while in both the majority and now in the minority. While he is far from being solely to blame, it is revisionist history at its finest for him to assert that he did more than the current Board president to promote dialogue and find consensus when he was in charge. Those were acrimonious times (as they are now) and he was just as deft and wiling as Grijalva (now the president) to advance the causes and interests of the majority at the expense of the minority.
Rather than arguing every point, no matter how arcane and always seeking to have the last word, Stegeman and Grijalva should both do more to establish common ground. They are stubborn and relentless people who clearly dislike each other, both personally and politically. Juarez contributes to the current level of rancor with the frequent swipes he makes at other members, especially Hicks.
It is also both amusing and morbid for Stegeman to cite the example of the late Judy Burns in defense of himself and his "leadership." Long-time observers of TUSD recall that Burns and Grijalva were much more likely to be in accord during their time on the Board, while Stegeman has only been able to count on one constant ally: Hicks. It is a clever (yet disingenuous) diversion for Stegeman to ask all his doubters to produce laundry lists of incidents to prove his contributions to the failure of the entire Board to run TUSD with wisdom, foresight and a student-centered vision.
Rock: That was obviously not the point I was trying to make. I have no preconceived notions about race/religion/region/etc. and cooking. Being Sicilian, I think I make better Asian food than pasta, better southern cuisine than east coast fare (where a majority of my family is from).
The fact is, and point I was trying, is that it does come to a lot of peoples mind, so it warrants the question. Also my point was TTC took guts to open, which was the underlying theme throughout the story.
Thanks for your input!
sabasbas: I will take the charge for oftentimes. The other grammatical mistake ("are guts") happened somewhere in the transition between my computer and the printing press. Thanks for noticing!
Think About It: "Stegeman is a model for how to stay on top of the facts that Board members must master, but he is a horrible example of what it takes to foster consensus, compromise and direction for central office administration." I have never claimed to be perfect as a board member, but this claim suffers from much more repetition than evidence or examples. For example, with most of my fellow board members, past and especially present, meetings to discuss issues and resolve differences are almost always at my suggestion. Moreover, when I was president (and the same was true for Judy Burns), many more issues were pulled back to attempt to reach a higher degree of consensus before a vote. If the quoted criticism has more substance than simply shooting the messenger, then there should be examples behind it. Persons who watch board meetings regularly might say that the recent absence of collaboration comes substantially from the self-proclaimed board majority.
The superintendent is a lightning rod, and through the years many have felt the lethal shocks. Thinking back, I can recall a smart guy like Paul Houston giving it a good shot and then moving on as gracefully as possible. Those who certainly seemed less inspired (e.g., George Garcia, Roger Pfeuffer, et. al.) seemed to stay longer. The more recently departed superintendent Elizabeth Celania-Fagen showed just how suddenly the revolving door can spin. The job is a meat grinder and few realize it until it starts. H.T. Sanchez looks young and energetic and we hope he can learn quickly and effectively, but the air is rarefying around him. Hopefully, someday, all the people who really work hard every day, every year in TUSD will prevail.
Poor TUSD - at one time just a few decades ago or so, the district held so much prestige, so many resources, and so much neighborhood support. But somewhere along the way, it was squandered, bogged down by internal favoritism, rapid insider promotions, arrogance and mismanagement. For years, the district turned down outside advice, let no one dare interfere with its toxic politics and, with apparently no critical awareness, slid slowly and inexorably into today's strange, school-closing situation. Despite many, many good people on board through the years, an absence of flexible decision-making has taken a terrible toll. Poor TUSD.
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