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Re: “Is Congress Now Incapabable of Handling Immigration Reform?

Broken is not the best word to describe the system. Blatantly racist and weighted in favor of white European immigrants is more accurate.

Posted by Cascabel on 12/15/2014 at 10:45 AM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court Blocks AZ Abortion Law

The Supremes finally got one right!

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Posted by Ldonyo on 12/15/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

If say "it hasn't worked on the past" is all that is necessary, it would appear that nothing has ever worked. Is that what you believe, because this ain't working now.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 12/15/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Isabella’s Ice Cream Opens Its First Location at Rincon Market

Saw the old truck out front. What a beauty! Good luck in your business venture.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/15/2014 at 9:58 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

David, another good article on education in spite of some nay-sayer commenters. Very interesting article on the same subject in the December 15th issue of Forbes (hardly a liberal journal) that describes five ideas that will generate $2.25 Trillion by turning US education around. The five ideas are: Increase teacher salaries, universal pre-k, empower school principals, blended learning (computers with teachers), and common core.
Unfortunately, in this state at least, the unceasing mantra of "lower taxes, reduced regulation" an idea that hasn't worked in the past and shows no sign of working now or in the future drowns out any reasonable suggestion to improve education.
Keep up the good work.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/15/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

The compression argument is ludicrous. We were never paid. I am owed more than $4,000 by the District, of which $200 has been grudgingly doled out over two years. I will be retired by the time my stolen pay is reimbursed. With the miserly "raise," my salary will increase by about $11 per paycheck. Look out, Vegas!

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Posted by sabasabas on 12/15/2014 at 8:51 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

bslap said, "Compensation is based on supply and demand, not arbitrary opinions of value." That statement is not only incredibly naive, but out of touch with reality. Teachers and nurses are skilled professionals. Their low pay has little to do with supply and demand. There is not an oversupply of K-12 teachers, especially in math and science. The supply is low and demand high because of the low pay. If pay was based on supply and demand, then math and science teachers would be very well paid. Teachers and nurses have traditionally been underpaid because their ranks have been mostly populated by women. To the contrary, arbitrary opinions of value do play a large part.

And then there is, "Teachers are wonderful, but who is to say teaching adds so much more value to society than accounting?" (To be precise, Betts did not say that teaching adds more value than accounting, just asking why accounting is valued so much more than teaching. Big difference.) Bslap's comment is the explanation for why Arizonan's elected Diane Douglas. K-12 education is not valued by a majority of people, so why bother thinking too hard about the election choices.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 12/15/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

Supt. Sanchez seems like a bright guy, so he will probably learn OTJ how TUSD works. I am curious to see how he holds up in the long-term, and whether he is really serious about making a positive difference in a district that needs such a bottom-to-top makeover overall. Buena suerte.

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Posted by ay te wacho on 12/15/2014 at 8:11 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

Well, Davey boy, your foot is in it again. Since we're doing that 4th grade math give us all a rundown on the money generated at the end of every year for school programs by the $200 tax offset? That program exists for a reason and so many people contribute that it probably would lessen that $11/person you are suggesting. And, the legions of people who contribute do so because they believe in helping in the education of children. Legions of others would give even more if the tax laws allowed it so I'm just not buying your repeated rant.
Which leads me to my followup. How about an idea of the TUSD share of that $317M and a further breakdown of that money by dept.

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Posted by Harold R. Simpson on 12/15/2014 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

I have seen administrators' salaries from public schools published many times through the years. Yet, I have never seen, not even once, a list of salaries from charter schools - only tales that even small, rural charters have top people earning up to $200,000+ annually as they fire uncertified teachers who they don't want to pay. Why has this information never been reported responsibly? Why do we have "dark money" in taxpayer supported education?

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Posted by ay te wacho on 12/15/2014 at 8:00 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

Transparency has apparently always been a problem with TUSD central offices, and especially within decisions involving personnel (i.e., salaries) and finances. But front line teaching jobs are not easy at all, tough and getting tougher; these people really deserve a raise some years. And BTW & IMO, these TW TUSD articles are good, better than past years, and I like it when a writer jumps into the comments section with the rest of us unruly citizens. Most don't dare.

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Posted by ay te wacho on 12/15/2014 at 7:46 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

"Why a person who works with columns of numbers makes more than a person who teaches a classroom of children, or drives a bus full of children, is a mystery to me. "

This point of view is a mystery to me. The answer is because there are more available teachers and bus drivers than accountants. Want to make more money than a teacher? Go into accounting. Not saying it's fair or right: teachers should make enough to support themselves. They have a union to help with that.

Compensation is based on supply and demand, not arbitrary opinions of value. Teachers are wonderful, but who is to say teaching adds so much more value to society than accounting? The bean counters get no respect, but Accounting is necessary to the existence of all organizations. Double-entry book-keeping was one of the inventions that led to the establishment of modern trade and the subsequent Renaissance.

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Posted by bslap on 12/15/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

Just out of curiosity, Guiseppe, how much contact do you actually have with TUSD schools? Do you have a student in one? Its hard to believe that anyone who did would use words like "entitled"....entitled to what? A salary that allows you WIC benefits? Paying more than a thousand dollars out of your own pocket to cover supplies for your classroom? Or is it that crushing walls-closing-in feeling, between supervisors with charts and tests that need to be bubbled in and kids with needs to learn so much more than that that teachers in TUSD are entitled to?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/15/2014 at 7:05 AM

Re: “A Slice of Arizona

On Friday at 6 pm, the two of us waited only 20 minutes. We got the margherita and the wiseguy, and the pizza was legitimately good. One thing about this review, it kind of implies that Bianco has restaurants in California, rather than just tomatoes grown there.

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Posted by Jolus41 on 12/15/2014 at 6:53 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

Not only do the waste money and have a much higher percentage of administration than other districts, but your $11 per person is seriously flawed. The majority in our community wouldn't pay that if anything. The brunt is born by those that actually pay the taxes. That is a distinct minority. And if money for the schools equaled performance than the D.C. school district would be stellar. It is funny how those on the left decry capitalism but crave the money generated from it.

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Posted by Doug Martin on 12/15/2014 at 6:17 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

Great idea Michael. Thanks.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/14/2014 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Nook to Bring Brunch with Hawaiian Flavor to Congress Street

Looking forward to the theme, but are huevos rancheros considered unique in Tucson?

Posted by Keifer Huntley on 12/14/2014 at 8:53 PM

Re: “A Slice of Arizona

With the excellent pizza in Tucson (to name a few: Reilly, Falora, Time Market), it is beyond absurd to wait two hours for the privilege of ordering a pizza.

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Posted by DRW on 12/14/2014 at 2:57 PM

Re: “PDQ Records is Open Again Under Original Ownership

Wow, Ms Griffin, the property taxes in Tucson must be very low, my taxes in Oro Valley would not allow a 4 year vacancy! What. Ever. I plan to spend truck load of money on vinyl in 2015 and will haunt the PDQ!!

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Posted by Gandalf the over taxed on 12/14/2014 at 1:03 PM

Re: “A conversation With Diane Ravitch At UA Sunday, December 14

David: Is this being recorded.? I'd like to have been there but live in Prescott (but follow your comments on the Range) would like to see it - You Tube or whatever

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/14/2014 at 12:13 PM

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