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Re: “DREAMer Leaders Go After Presidential Hopeful Ted Cruz's Extremely Conservative Stance on Immigration

The first clown is out of the car.

13 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Ldonyo on 03/23/2015 at 1:03 PM

Re: “What Will We Tell the Children? Nogales Unified School District Edition

I appreciate hearing from current public school teachers and staff like Robin B. and Betts Putnam-Hidalgo and former public school teachers like David Safier. It helps me understand what is going on in my child's school.

I am a parent in a public school where classroom practices and policy decisions seem in many ways to be driven by the need to produce good "outcome data" rather than by a focus on meeting students' learning needs, and I'm going to give you an opinion on what is being discussed here from the perspective of a parent whose children are on the receiving end of public school teachers' instruction delivery:

As a parent, I would appreciate it if our local public school boards and administrators (both central and site-based) would take a more active stance in opposing the dominance of testing outcomes as factors affecting what goes on in our classrooms. It is possible to do it: public school boards and administrators elsewhere are finding ways to do so, and the role leadership plays in enabling this throughout a district is a significant one.

I would also appreciate public districts offering higher quality professional development for teachers. It is not confidence-inspiring when our districts' professional educators show so little understanding of the "lay of the land" in education policy, and must resort to educating themselves by blogging in the comment streams on education articles and reading the responses to their posts.

People in leadership positions in public education: please LEAD. When long-time, credentialed public school teachers don't understand the relationship between what is going on in their classrooms and the corporate reform movement, or when they don't understand that "teaching to the test" includes other practices besides just knowing the specific questions and answers on a given evaluation, what can parents conclude? It seems a clear indication that public school district leadership -- both elected and appointed -- is not playing the role it should play in ensuring that teachers are equipped to be effective purveyors of meaningful "education" for our children in a context where there are far too many pressures to give "outcomes" more weight than they should ever have.

I am personally acquainted with several families who have transferred kids out of our public district into charters or privates within the last year, and in every case the over-testing of the kids and / or the outcome-driven character of the classroom instruction was a factor.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Leadership Is Needed on 03/23/2015 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Danehy

How come all my posts were taken down/ Too much for ya, eh?

2 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 03/23/2015 at 10:50 AM

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Re: “Alton Brown Ate At El Guerro Canelo, Eegee's and More in Tucson

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Posted by Owen Ivester on 03/23/2015 at 10:09 AM

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Re: “Alton Brown Ate At El Guerro Canelo, Eegee's and More in Tucson

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3 likes, 1 dislike
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Re: “Alton Brown Ate At El Guerro Canelo, Eegee's and More in Tucson

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Posted by pintor on 03/23/2015 at 9:11 AM

Re: “What Will We Tell the Children? Nogales Unified School District Edition

As a 30+ year veteran of public school teaching, let me defend Robin's way of seeing testing, at the same time I disagree with it. When the high stakes tests began in Oregon, I was teaching sophomores who had to pass the CIM -- Oregon's AIMS -- to graduate. I hated the test, hated the idea of the test, detested the idea of teaching to the test. But there I was, with sophomores whose lives would be easier if they passed the test the first time. By saying "Bah! Humbug!" I would make it more probable that some of my students would just miss the cutoff score and have to take the test again next year.

So I devised a way to teach to the test -- specifically the writing part -- that was enjoyable and educational, but it definitely gamed the system. And I think I helped a number of students who were on the border to clear the hurdle and pass the test -- and, I hope, made them better writers at the same time. Instead of spending my energies grumbling, I tried to do the best with the hand I was dealt as a public school teacher.

Now as a retired teacher and regular pontificator, I can shake my fist at the system and hope it will change. But while I was in the classroom, I had to focus on what was best for the students in front of me, working inside the rules and regulations of the system.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by David Safier on 03/23/2015 at 7:56 AM

Re: “So I Elected an Ax Murderer

We have idiots that run the city of Tucson, it has a racist police chief that only chooses to enforce laws he likes, we have a king hucklberry that runs the county that pretty much gets anything he wants like the RTS being passed in a shady election, which also is rampantly wasting our tax dollars. Two miles of La Canada Rd has taken about 3 years to be widen thanks to their incompetence. (What would you expect though it is run by the local Mayors). We have so much waste and incompetence going on in Pima county and the city of Tucson, you would think our local papers would be keying on this but because they are both run by democraps and these papers hate republicans they choose to harp on the people who run our state which of course are mostly Republican.

3 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by AZPaul on 03/23/2015 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Alton Brown Ate At El Guerro Canelo, Eegee's and More in Tucson

Apparently he also ate at Prep and Pastry.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by rconnelly on 03/23/2015 at 7:41 AM

Re: “So I Elected an Ax Murderer

Is it or is not also the responsibility of the federal government to fund schools? I'm pretty sure it is and with school systems like TUSD that spend more on administration then it's students. I can see where the blame should lie. Why are Tucson papers such Republican haters?

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by AZPaul on 03/23/2015 at 6:59 AM

Re: “Zona Politics: Talking with Congressman Grijalva and PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert

A conversation with the village idiot and his teacher I think.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by AZPaul on 03/23/2015 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Thar's Gold in Them Thar Charter Schools: Walton and Gates Foundations Edition

Package up and sell those children. What if we have a bubble?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by bslap on 03/23/2015 at 6:37 AM

Re: “What Will We Tell the Children? Nogales Unified School District Edition

If the kids were just allowed to carry guns, this would never have happened. AZ legislature, please get on that right away.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by bslap on 03/23/2015 at 6:35 AM

Re: “What Will We Tell the Children? Nogales Unified School District Edition

So taking a test causes people to cheat? I think this is a matter of the heart and not the head. We should address the moral concerns separately from whether there should be high stakes testing or not. It's like Flip Wilson used to say "the devil made me do it".

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Posted by Doug Martin on 03/23/2015 at 6:22 AM

Re: “What Will We Tell the Children? Nogales Unified School District Edition

It is simply incredible the amount of time and energy, and the oxygen this whole testing business -
and it is a business - is sucking out of learning and teaching. It was a sad day when I asked the great grand kids how school was and they replied with, All we do is take tests. Even they, who are in elementary school, knew that time spent on tests was time away from learning. It should be instructive that other countries who rank higher in education than the US, spend little or no time during the school year on standardize tests.
Conclusion: In the US, corporate test makers win, students lose.

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 03/23/2015 at 6:14 AM

Re: “What Will We Tell the Children? Nogales Unified School District Edition

I will agree with Robin's original comment--that in TUSD in any case, a veil of uber-security descends on the school and believe you me, there is none of that "blackboard hints" or wall posters stuff--at least where I am, all of that stuff comes down. THERE SHALL BE NO JOY!!!!! is the worst of the dreck that the (continuous) testing regime tries to enforce. And yes, teaching to the test, skilling and drilling even without knowing the exact questions, is very much in force and enforced -- and it doesn't require any group of men in green eyeshades to make it happen. The Mob bosses are the relentless "indicators" that are used to grade your school, grade your teachers, determine whether teachers get their annual bonus, etc. Talk of separating the stakes from the testing is welcomed, even from these lunatics we call legislators these days--because the toxicity is overwhelming....and, not as a side exercise by any means, destroying/privatizing our public schools.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/23/2015 at 5:33 AM

Re: “What Will We Tell the Children? Nogales Unified School District Edition

This certainly went places I did not expect. Thank you Jana for your kind words. I use the word 'accept' vs. 'denial'. I quit being angry when I accepted. I am able to look at what I can do to help children and make school fun and interesting. I don't think there is one person who I work with or who knows me that considers me anything but authentic. I have repeatedly said I am for 1 test and abhor what is happening. WHen I accepted that, then I decided to stay instead of leave. I go through the tests and then I do what I do so very well... teach children who have a hard time and I have found ways to do it in the system. Most of my 40 years in education (all but maybe 5) I have given standardized tests... 1 a year except for the last few years which had many more tests. Accept does not necessarily mean like. My vision for a wonderful education system is never absent. I accept our country but I don 't always like it, especially right now. SO if I accept that, what can I do to make it better for the kids? I am present for them and make learning fun. They feel successful with me. Some don't want to leave me when they don't need me any longer. I walk with them when the legislature is betraying them. That too is acceptance because it is what I can do. I look for what is good in the places I work and there are many good things about TUSD. And I blog here so I can learn what other people think so I can learn what else I can do.

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Posted by Robin B. on 03/23/2015 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Broadway Widening Opponents Dig in for the Final Stretch

these are the same arguments that were said when Broadway was expanded to its current alingment. from a dirt road to a two lane road to its current alingment.the same things about buildings getting torn down, the cost, that it is not needed. If the road is not expanded the cost will be much more when it does happen.

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Posted by Eric Griffin on 03/22/2015 at 10:54 PM

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