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Re: “The Republican Party's Education Platform

Thinking_Aloud: TUSD is like a piñata in a fun house mirror that currently handles the education of 50,000 students every year, and affects the reputation of "public schools" in the minds of tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands more. If, with its democratically elected boards and the "transparency" requirements it is legally subject to, it cannot be reformed, that raises questions about whether it's the theoretical concept and legal framing of public district schools or the advocacy activities of healthy, active, empowered constituencies that make them viable. Then the valid contrast is not between valid public district and invalid charter / publicly subsidized private, but between other variables we have not yet successfully identified. With direct experience in one Arizona public district school that was improbably irresponsible (having grown up in a blue state with an extremely high functioning public school system, I never would have believed it possible if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes) and direct experience of privates and charters, some of which were very responsible and others not so, I don't buy the argument that it's the categories that make the difference. It's something else, and what we need is a better regulatory and oversight system that supports high academic functioning and complete transparency in all the schools receiving public funding. (I get that we don't have that yet and that there are currently irresponsible uses of public funds in the charter and private sector. But there are irresponsible uses of public funds in TUSD and districts like it, so again, condemnation by category doesn't work, in my opinion.)

In any case, the local Democratic Party needs to stop promoting "leaders" in TUSD that give public district schools a bad name at the same time that they continue to condemn "choice." Let them ensure that the district the Pima County Democrats' darlings run is not being RUN INTO THE GROUND and then they can talk about how proper education policy should deny or severely limit "choice." While they find it impossible to manage the district in a way that does not constantly bring discredit on the party and the form of schooling the party champions, they should not at the same time be attempting to limit the escape hatches constituents are using to exit the sinking ship they insist their designated candidates must continue to captain.

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Posted by Data analysis must include "outlier variables" (TUSD). on 07/21/2016 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Sonic Wave Rider

The "jesus hair" comment is telling and weird. Them damn hippies! Otherwise, interesting article and cool sounds.

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Posted by Katie Reff on 07/21/2016 at 6:05 PM

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: “The Skinny

"How stupid does McCain think we are?" Assuming you are speaking for the GOP, the depths of your stupidity have yet to be plumbed. Oh that's right . . . you just nominated an idiot as your king!

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Posted by The Duke on 07/21/2016 at 4:57 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 Skinny

Bulletin - Kelli Ward is opposing McCain in the Republican primary next month. Ward is McCain's nemesis, not Kirkpatrick. Get your reporting straight, or are you trying to throw the primary election to McCain with these erroneous news bites? Along with The Weekly's slanted reporting on Supervisor Ally, the outsized biases of this rag make it a laughingstock.

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Posted by toughtery on 07/21/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Marijuana Like Alcohol?

lets ask ourselves one thing all of this monies that is to come from marijuana sales. Where does the money come out of the social fabric of the population ? Will this monies be dispersed back into the economy by market forces, or by gifts given back to the people with heavy administrative costs. This proposed tax windfall is a cancer that will kill the host over time. This takes the very life blood of a free peoples.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/21/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Marijuana Like Alcohol?

I dont know about you people I can still get a quarter pound for $200.00. Soon Mexico will stop most all bulk productions they will favor condensing their product down to oils and concentrates. We can thank the marketeers for this revelation and market expansion.

Thank You, Arizona Dispensary Association aka; ADA. This is just another vehicle that the medical needs person has to pay for Make a market to exploit underreporting and expansion. Slap another layer of prohibition. Get all the rejects that could not make it in the Colorado/California market's to come here. These charlatans want to get their foot in the door, then slam it closed on the long time citizens here. Vote for real change not these snake oil charlatans check out. SAFER AZ the only real freedom from persecution.

It make one wonder does it not. With the years of societal rejection and persecution if caught you had a felony and punished for life. Sort of a chattel that had to be paid from your labor daily to those allowed to profit in the market.>>> This was back up by the SCOTUS with the DRED SCOTT decision. So we went to war over one state free one state slave. To appease the masses after the bloodiest war in american history we allowed states to regulate who could vote plant grow crops sell those crops and what part of the economy they were allowed to use. This was called the Russell Crowe.

If anybody can explain how this CRLMA does not follow the same fallacious format dynamic that has been tried in the past, please help me understand. We now have a prohibition this will in no way repeal it it still leaves 13-3405 on the books. If Paradise Valley passes and ordinance. Your ex invites over to discuss old times gets you on the balcony says lights up then calls the cops. WHALA!!! Montgomery has another felony conviction. If parental rights hang in the balance you just lost that because of Marijuana market protections.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/21/2016 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Marijuana Like Alcohol?

Ben James Yokel; I must say that is quite a pant load.
please give link to verify your statements

Truth is this will promote the illegal market. This is a peer reviewed study on Alcohol and Marijuana when both became managed markets. Both have exploded in the black market dues to the cost of regulatory fees attached. Here is the link done over 80 years of study. This is done by Washington State Univ.

Also a study done by the Colorado department of revenue. In this study they looked at the matrix of the people that used marijuana. in this study. With so many different parts of the plant now being processed the stems,sugar leaves, broad leaves, used to make extracts for oils and edibles. Which results in under reporting of flower and concentrates. The study narrowed the market down to 650,000 of the users that consumed almost 85% of all the available Marijuana available. Here is the study for those that can extrapolate talk to you friends kids relatives.,%20July%209,%202014%5B1%5D.pdf

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/21/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “The Skinny

I will give RatT my approval. He's right.

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Posted by Julie Heston on 07/21/2016 at 1:17 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: “Eyes on the Streets

I don't like my picture taken either but people do it all the time, rather flattering actually. No name pictures are the best. However, I seriously believe there's another "Einstien or cure for cancer among them. First you need to go to college, or at least have some type of gainful employment. I wish any of the homeless reporters would ask, how, why, when and where of the topic, it's basic journalism.

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Posted by Jim Kelly on 07/21/2016 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Marijuana Like Alcohol?

In 1937, the Nazi Forces in America criminalized marijuana as part of the "Final Solution" policy to justify the unconstitutional arrest and incarceration of African-Americans and Hispanics.

In 2016, WE THE PEOPLE will vote to legalize Marijuana and STOP the Nazi-era fascism and oppression imposed by a few Republican alcoholics.

God bless America, God bless Liberty, Vote for FREEDOM 2016..!

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Posted by Abraham Lincoln on 07/21/2016 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Marijuana Like Alcohol?

Cannabis is a superfood that can produce a euphoric feeling if the consumer desires. It is completely safe and not addictive. Alcohol is very addictive and dangerous.

The system used for alcohol is stupid and causes unnecessary costs and only allows a few people to realize the potential revenue generation available from the market.

Cannabis ought to be legalized, for sure. However, the distribution system ought not emulate alcohol and ought not restrict individuals from choosing to grow their own, and ought not restrict the small businessperson or ma and pa shop from participating in commerce. In addition, any model is not acceptable if the police will continue to have incentive to be concerned about cannabis activity- and have the ability to investigate, raid, arrest and take items of value from citizens due to cannabis involvement.

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Posted by Jamie Lowell on 07/21/2016 at 11:24 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Forty days left and John McCain can’t seem to do anything Right (pun intended). His people at Reform Institute in Alexandria Virginia are spending his millions like water on a fake primary candidate who just can’t stop stealing and on poorly produced Television ads that are so clumsily written they make us all laugh about their pathetically arrogant soon-to-be-fired boss.
McCain ads claim former Arizona State Senator, Kelli Ward has voted on Federal funding Bills in company with Bernie Sanders and Raul Grijalva (a US Senator and a US Congressman).
McCain ads also claim veterans are angry as Hell at State Legislator, Kelli Ward because she voted against some Federal Armed Service Funding Bills.

How stupid does McCain think we are? We know Bernie and Raul vote in Washington. We know Kelli Ward voted in Phoenix. We know Veterans like us aren’t dumb enough to confuse Phoenix, Arizona with Washington DC. McCain apparently thinks Vets are stupid and Arizona Republicans are stupid.
So the old fool has people in Virginia who admit throwing his money away buying prime time TV spots to insult the intelligence of his Arizona Voters.
Funny or pathetic? Forty Days…

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Posted by William Heuisler on 07/21/2016 at 9:49 AM

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