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Re: “The Republican Party's Education Platform

Once again, comparing all public schools districts to TUSD is not realistic. If you consider, for example, districts like Vail and Benson, conclusions are less distorted and far more meaningful. TUSD is like a piñata in a fun house mirror, bouncing about crazily while citizens strike blindly at its very existence.

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Posted by Thinking_Aloud on 07/21/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

So - how much taxpayer money does this man collect? If he does, then there is merit to this article. If not, then I do not see much relevance. But then, if he is an administrator we will never know because charter schools are not required to fairly report how much they rake in.

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Posted by Thinking_Aloud on 07/21/2016 at 4:49 PM
Posted by Palisades on 07/21/2016 at 4:15 PM

Re: “The Republican Party's Education Platform

You forgot to mention in your list of things Republicans support which many Democrats also support, "strong leadership by principals, superintendents, and locally elected school boards."

Democrats support that, too, right David?

Or maybe not:

Perhaps if the public district enrolling almost 50,000 students in Southern Arizona were higher functioning, we wouldn't have quite as much support for "CHOICE" in our state.

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Posted by Support strong leadership by locally elected boards. on 07/21/2016 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: 2 Month Anniversary

When will it dawn on you that the whole "next step" plan was based on the assumption that there would be a massive vote in favor of 123? If this had happened, those who supported the first step could perhaps then be mobilized to put pressure on Ducey for a next step. But this turned out to be bad political strategy: among the slightly more than 50% who voted for 123 were many who support Ducey and ALEC and don't want a next step. All they wanted were the triggers and the changes to the constitution, which they got, thanks to you, DuVal, HT Sanchez, Jason Freed, TUSD, TEA, AEA, ASBA, Expect More Arizona, et cetera, AD NAUSEAM. So now we have the so-called "pro public education" groups who got tricked into helping Ducey get 123 passed, and the portion of the electorate they mobilized in support of the proposition is what percentage of those who voted in favor of 123? 10% 20%? 30% of the 50% voting in support of it?

David, did you and your friends attend schools so "progressive" that you never learned how to do math? 10% of 50% is 5%. 20% of 50% is 10%. Do you get the picture? I bet Ducey is shaking in his boots, worrying about what groups capable of motivating such massive portions of the electorate are going to do to him if he doesn't come up with a "next step."

Meanwhile, TUSD wreaks its own special kind of havoc in Southern Arizona, de-motivating the portions of their base they previously motivated. Do you think the people TUSD mobilized in support of 123 will do as they are told by their TUSD and TEA "leaders" next time they are asked?

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Posted by Questions for the Author of Serial Next Step Watches on 07/21/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: 2 Month Anniversary

How do you expect to build consensus behind forcing a "next step," David, when close to 50% of those who voted in the election thought the first step should never have been taken? Don't you realize that 1/2 the electorate -- and now a sizable number of the TUSD constituents who voted for the Prop and are disgusted with what was done with the money, once it was received -- believe that energy should be focused on undoing the "first step," rather than accepting it as a given, leaving it in place, and moving on from there?

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Posted by Questions for the Author of Serial Next Step Watches on 07/21/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “The Republican Party's Education Platform

Someday, hopefully before it is too late, education in America will be about preparing young people for the real world and all of its challenges – not some idyllic, imaginary vision of a past era that never really existed except in the pages of the all-white Dick and Jane books of old. The real world will not wait for those mired in the past to figure out that the best and the brightest, most innovative and imaginative minds will make a future worth living in. To do anything else is to doom this nation and its future to a downward slide into irrelevance and oblivion.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/21/2016 at 12:05 PM

Re: “New Findings in a 'Living River' says Recently Released Report

Check out our event tonight, July 21:

You can also download the report here:

Posted by Adam Sonora on 07/21/2016 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: 2 Month Anniversary

If you want to understand what's gone wrong with Arizona you have to look at the state of the Democratic Party as well. Why can't they mobilize their base?

Read all of Safier's blogs about TUSD and all the comments on them for the last few years and you'll start to get the picture. It's one example of what happens when factions practicing quid-pro-quo machine politics become a powerful contingent in a particular regional branch of the party's operation. Public trust is destroyed.

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Posted by Look at both sides to diagnose the problem. on 07/21/2016 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: 2 Month Anniversary

Arizona is a state where the population has been dumbed down by so much by their crappy education system that they keep electing the same ideology that has created and perpetuated said crappy system.


Now, all you Arizonans (Great Red Necked Lemmings) go out and do what you always for the same ideology..........................they'll fix it this time.

WON'T THEY?????????

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Posted by Bob Regan on 07/21/2016 at 6:54 AM

Re: “The Men’s Room Barbershop Gets a Rude Awakening

Great write up, Nick

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Posted by Logan Burtch-Buus on 07/21/2016 at 12:18 AM

Re: “X-Men: Apocalypse is the Worst Movie in an Otherwise Solid Franchise

This so called "review" is a joke, right? I mean really, if you were a fan of the comics or the early 90s television cartoon then you would appreciate this movie instead of being confused. Was the story too hard for you to follow? You clearly have no knowledge of the cannon material the series is based off if you think that X3 was better than Apocalypse. Singer's return heralded a return to a truer x-men universe. I agree with the comment above, your opinion is completely irrelevant. Please do not review anymore movies.

Posted by to the crack pot reviewer @ TW on 07/20/2016 at 11:46 PM

Re: “New Findings in a 'Living River' says Recently Released Report

Who knows.

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 07/20/2016 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

That in itself ought to make you question the accuracy and the angle.

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Posted by Julie Heston on 07/20/2016 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: 2 Month Anniversary

We would be better off to eliminate the US Dept of Education, and split the money between the 50 states. Would that stop all this ridiculous bickering where NOTHING gets accomplished?

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Posted by Julie Heston on 07/20/2016 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: 2 Month Anniversary

Guess he keeps dishing these out because he gets Facebook likes from the uninformed, who read the blog, but not the "fine print" in the comments section.

For those who do read the fine print: Who does Safier think he's kidding when he criticizes DuVal for cooperating with Ducey? What did he think he himself was doing when he "held his nose and voted for 123" and kept blogging the misleading statement that the Prop would "restore" lost funding? Safier, like DuVal, was part of the team that got it passed. (And what would little Heliodoro have done is 123, didn't pass, David? He wouldn't have been able to use 30% of it to give piddling $700 raises to our underpaid teachers, causing all the recent outrage about failures of promise fulfillment. Then again, considering the negative PR fallout from that story in the months preceding the upcoming TUSD Board election, perhaps, for those who want the two members of the majority who approved that decision re-elected, it would have been better if 123 hadn't passed, though they promoted it assiduously and in many cases with dishonest and / or misleading propaganda.)

Sometimes I think Safier writes these blog posts just so his candidate friends can have "news" stories to link in their Facebook posts. Those who don't know that this is not real journalism can read the linked blog and get what they think is "independent verification" of what the politicians' Facebook posts say. We'll see how well this self-reinforcing closed feedback loop is working this election cycle come November.

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Posted by Lest we forget: Safier helped pass 123. on 07/20/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

I appreciated the article as a "heads up" that the current world news might have some threads locally. Thanks David, and please write up any updates as they occur.
Sometimes the only way I get this kind of info is from the Weekly.

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Posted by Corduval on 07/20/2016 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: 2 Month Anniversary

Why don't you put your energy into working in support candidates up for election in November 2016 who, if they join the AZ legislature, will tip the balance and make it harder for Ducey to push his noxious plans through? I believe one of your commenters suggested that recently and it seemed a good idea to me. Definitely more productive than this inane, ongoing "Next Step Watch," which is never going to make a damn bit of difference with anyone.

RE the AEA, ASBA, etc.: do you really think they have credibility with the anti-ALEC crowd, after what they did with 123 ?

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Posted by Questions for the Author of Serial Next Step Watches on 07/20/2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Rehear Lawsuit On Immigration Relief Programs for Undocumented Parents, Youth

He's obviously worried that Trump has a chance of getting in and he wants to Legalize 5,000,000 Illegals to be promptly put on WELFARE. THIS IS AGAINST THRE LAW:
(INA § 235(b)(1)(B)(iii)): "The removal of an alien who is inadmissible because the individual does not possess valid entry documents or is inadmissible for fraud or misrepresentation of material fact. The alien may be removed without a hearing before an immigration court." pg 2, Box 1, right side.

On February 13th, 2013 Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council states under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee “Immigration agents are regularly prohibited from enforcing United States Immigration LAW. According to NEW POLICY, immigration agents can no longer arrest persons solely for entering the United States illegally. Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement have exposed agents to danger from gang members in detention centers, and that -
they threatened to discipline agents for detaining illegal immigrants encountered on the street."

They already heard it!

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 07/20/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “New Findings in a 'Living River' says Recently Released Report

Ummmm.... 62 gallons of sanitary sewage per day??! I think that's supposed to read 62 MILLION gallons.

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Posted by Mark Doumas on 07/20/2016 at 11:20 AM

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