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Re: “Mark Stegeman: For or Against Closing Schools? Or Both? It's Hard to Tell

Wrong, Again posted that liberals love to be ignorant and arrogant.

Taking that definition into consideration, that would make Wrong, Again the most devoted liberal on the TW site.

Posted by AZ/DC! on 10/28/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Mark Stegeman: For or Against Closing Schools? Or Both? It's Hard to Tell


You presume to write about TUSD, but you are ill-informed.

What is all this beating around the bush and hinting about Stegeman and his mysterious plans? Anyone who has been following the district knows that he has been scheming for some time now to evict some hapless neighborhood high school enrollees from their TUSD campus and turn the campus over to University High School (UHS) and a newly created, co-located middle school. This shockingly clueless, elitist, anti-integrationist plan is about all Stegeman has up his sleeve in the way of high school closures. There is no formless monster of collaboration with evil capitalists lurking in the background.

Would you like to start becoming decently informed about what is ACTUALLY going on in the district? Go on the Three Sonorans website and find the link to the League of Women Voters-YWCA sponsored TUSD candidate forum and listen to Stegeman brag about his UHS-separate-site plans and state his belief that electing any combination of candidates other than Foster and Juarez will result in a majority that will make UHS-separate-siters dreams come true. (He is wrong about that, but I'll leave that discussion for another time.)

For now, let's just emphasize what anyone actually WATCHING this district knows full well: NONE of the incumbents, not Stegeman, not Juarez and CERTAINLY not Foster, merit re-election. Enough dysfunction. Enough scheming and infighting. We need a fresh start with honest leadership.

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Posted by Stegeman's plans are clear. There is no mystery here. on 10/28/2016 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Mark Stegeman: For or Against Closing Schools? Or Both? It's Hard to Tell

The problem with liberals like safier is they are totally closed minded. It's all their way or no way. Critical thinking, alternative perspectives not allowed. They love to be ignorant and arrogant.

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Posted by What, Again on 10/28/2016 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Mark Stegeman: For or Against Closing Schools? Or Both? It's Hard to Tell

Man how do you sleep at night? What kind of journalist are you? You pig. You should be ashamed of yourself. You might as well work in Turkey, Syria, North Korea or one of the many other countries that does not have freedom of the press. You are clearly false and have the reasoning of an uneducated TUSD student. Kick rocks David and pray to God that you pay for what you are doing to our kids by justifying this behavior. Stegeman, Betts, and Rustand are my choices!

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Posted by TUSD TEACHER on 10/28/2016 at 2:02 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Sometimes fishing expeditions catch a fish, like this email exchange between Pima County Communications Director Mark Evans and County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. Seems like both are violating the law by politicking on taxpayer-paid time, not to mention the insubordination of plotting against their employer:

On Dec 5, 2015, at 1:16 PM, Mark B. Evans (Communications) wrote:

I shelved the fact check on the St. Demetrios property until that's ready to go.
I added new fact checks today. Page is hidden until you say go.
I've held off posting replies on Miller's Facebook page until this page was ready to go. Want to hit

her with both at same time since it's sure to cause a reaction. (BTW, I told McNamara what we're up to and he thinks it's a story. So does Nintzel. I haven't said anything to Dan Shearer because he's sure to react negatively to it. Prepare for a backlash on talk radio and inquiries from ADI about how much this is costing).…

Let me know if you want me to change anything in the fact check explanations. ME

Mark B. Evans
Public Communications Manager
Pima County

From: Chuck Huckelberry
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 1:46 PM To: Mark Evans

Subject:Re: fact check page ready

For more go to the Arizona Daily Independent:…

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Posted by AVL on 10/28/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Mark Stegeman: For or Against Closing Schools? Or Both? It's Hard to Tell

David, when is it enough to simply sacrifice all of your credibility and reputation? At this point I feel like there is a little man inside of you who simply wants to commit hara-kiri.


It is about the policies of your buddies, the grihalva board, which are causing teachers and students to flee the district. And you know what happens when there are no teachers or students in a school, well it is closed. So why not for a change quit throwing BS, such as TUSD Kids Fist wants to push out kids for condos or Stegeman wants to close schools just because well he wants to close schools, and FOCUS ON THE DAMN ISSUES, FOCUS ON THE KIDS.

***Where did your Board Majority hide the 123 and 301 money THAT they took from the teachers? When are these dollars going to the teachers?
***Why did the Board hide the discipline issues and what is being done to fix these now, not next year, now?
***What is being done to handle IEPs and 504 plans which are not being adequately handled as kids slip through the cracks?
***Why do the support staff at schools get shafted financially while HT takes care of his buddies at 1010? Can we put this money back into the schools?
***Why is TUSD hiding the situation with Magnet schools and their precarious situation of losing their status? What is being done to fix this?

No, not meaningful discussions!!! For you Mr. Safier it is all about protecting the control of the $600M budget so your grijalva friends can hire their inlaws and spread the money wherever they want while destroying our public school district. I hope you are proud of yourself. Can't wait to send the Auditor Generals Report this coming year to you so you can see how good you are doing.

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Posted by your friend on 10/28/2016 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

The FBI has just re-opened its investigation into Clinton's personal email server. The "optics" are not good with this latest outbreak linked to Anthony Weiner and his wife (for now) Huma Abedin's (Clinton's most trusted advisor) and a lurid case involving Weiner's online predatory correspondence with a fifteen year old girl.

Fun to watch the Clintonistas pitching predictable fits, now excoriating FBI Director Comer who was once their hero for not indicting Hillary. Congratulations to the Democrats. They've nominated the only candidate capable of losing to a certifiable lunatic.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 10/28/2016 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Best of TucsonĀ® 2016

Best Gallery: DeGrazia Gallery....are you kidding about best kitsch gallery?

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Posted by James Lienhart on 10/28/2016 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Proud American - "excerpted" the Constitution? You mean the President included an excerpt from the Constitution in the Executive Order? I may be wrong, but I really don't think there's anything wrong, legally or otherwise, with including language from the Constitution in an Executive Order.

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Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 10/28/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Bosnian Delights

If you don't visit Ahmet & Halida's place, it's' Your Loss! The food is OUTSTANDING & one-of-a-kind for Tucson/southern Arizona. The family is as good as the food. Their story is a Real Example of Land of Opportunity! Congratulations on your anniversary & best wishes for many more years!

Posted by RDiddy on 10/28/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Be a Voter! (Then Vote)

Francis Patrick Saitta, Ph.D.
Candidate for the Pima Community College Board of Governors from the 5th District.

Let us Replace Martha Durkin: Appointed to the Board by the Pima County Democratic Party Establishment via a Questionable Political Selection Process. She will do to PCC what she has helped to do to the City of Tucson as Deputy City Manager: a $25.6 Million Deficit and a Crumbling City Infrastructure.

Community Education (Including the Development of a PCC High School Diploma Program) via Open Enrollment, with a Focus on Student Success and Achievement Supported by a Competent and Dedicated Faculty and Administration, and a Modern Classroom/Laboratory Infrastructure; Campus/Central Administration Evaluation/Reorganization; College Wide Entrance and Assessment Examinations so as to Ensure that Students Have and are Provided with the Academic Skills to Achieve their Career Goals; No Pima County Resident should be Denied Admission because of Financial Reasons.

45 Years of Teaching/Research Experience: from Kindergarten to Graduate Level Courses. Peace Corps Volunteer: Lesotho, Southern Africa: 1979-1981

1992-1996 Johns Hopkins University: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Immunology and Infectious Disease (HIV/AIDS)
1970-1972 University of Texas at Austin: Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Genetics
1970 Ph.D., Biological Sciences (Genetics), University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI.
1968 M.Sc., Genetics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
1966 B.Sc., Secondary Education/Biology, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA.
Pennsylvania: Biology and General Science; Arizona: Biology, General Science, Mathematics, CTE Biomedical Sciences, and Structures English Immersion

Adjunct Instructor; Biology/Math; Pima Community College. Courses: Introductory Biology (Biology 100); Wildlife of North America (Biology 115); Genetics, Biotechnology and Human Affairs (Biology 135), Elementary Algebra (Math 92), and Intermediate Algebra (Math 122)

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 10/28/2016 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Endorsements, Part 2

Perhaps next election, you could manage to publish your endorsements sooner? Mail-in ballots were sent 10/12.

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Posted by jjmarks on 10/28/2016 at 4:55 AM

Re: “NAACP Ratifies Resolution Calling For a Moratorium on New Charter Schools

In response to "Try getting a graduate degree in education"

You misinterpret Hume. Hume doesn't deny cause and effect. Let me assure you that Hume acknowledges that if you light a torch and put it under your finger your flesh will burn.

What Hume is referring to is false associations and education is loaded with them. For example high performing students are so closely associated with Advanced Placement that surely Advance Placement causes at least some of that high performance. But, in the NELS study where they followed thousands of students from 8th grade on into adult life and they could carefully compare high SES students, they found no impact from Advanced Placement with the exception of one Advanced Placement class: Calculus.

In the late 90's, the National Reading Panel spent $10 million analyzing 10,000 studies, the top 10,000 studies selected from prestigious journals, and found that 96% of them weren't worth the paper they were written on. Even the other 4% had significant flaws.

Education culture is a mess precisely for the issues that Hume raises in his famous discourses on cause and effect. This is why the huge longitudinal studies are so important. NELS and the ECLS are guiding lights for education policy because they meet Hume's standards for cause and effect.

Posted by on 10/28/2016 at 3:59 AM

Re: “Staff Pick: Most Chicago-like Piano Bar

A great addition to Tucson's nightlife. I love to go and listen!

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Posted by Garth Tobias on 10/28/2016 at 1:24 AM

Re: “Best Backpacking

But these aren't really backpacking trips... Hiking sure, but honestly does anyone go backpacking to Sabino Canyon or Seven Falls?

Posted by Sidney447 on 10/27/2016 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Best Comedian

This is confusing

Posted by Patt Riese on 10/27/2016 at 9:42 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Bog Mann, your information is incorrect.
Pima County's outstanding debt is:
COPs: $168 million (not voter approved)
General Obligation: $345 million (voter approved)
HURF revenue: $110 million (voter approved)
Sewer Revenue: $568 million (voter approved)…

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Posted by MarkB.Evans on 10/27/2016 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Staff Pick: Most Idiosyncratic Local Podcast

Brigitte is also on the Best Cousins List!!!! Great Job Cuz!!!!!

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Posted by Val Romero on 10/27/2016 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Endorsements, Part 2

You must not have attended the League of Women Voters and Metropolitan Education Commission debate between Dustin Williams and Margaret Burkholder. It was the clearest demonstration of the superior qualifications of one candidate (Burkholder) over another (Williams) that I have seen in a live debate in recent memory, and served as an excellent example of why live debates are still critically important to help voters make informed choices. I usually vote Democratic, sometimes Green, but Burkholder, Napier, and Bob Burns for AZ Corporation Commission were my three R choices in 2016.

You got it right with Bob Burns and Napier, but really missed the mark on Burkholder. Who cares what she did in the aftermath of the City Council election? She is the best candidate for the office for which she is currently running. After the debate between Burkholder and Williams, I compared notes with several die-hard D voters who had attended: all were persuaded that a vote for Williams would be a vote for weak leadership.

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Posted by Burkholder is the better candidate for Pima Co. School Sup. on 10/27/2016 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

See what I mean ?

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Posted by CW13 on 10/27/2016 at 6:19 PM

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