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Re: “Media Watch

I will miss Aaron Pickering. I thought he did a great job for KOLD, and wish him well.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by tiredofpc on 09/11/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Danehy

Agreed. Not only was a name change not needed the new name is dumb.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by retrorv on 09/11/2014 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

No comments about the website redesign?

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by retrorv on 09/11/2014 at 10:42 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

You came to my school once, Mr. Stegeman, in the six years, since you were elected in 2008. Mr. Juarez came twice, since being elected two years ago..

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/11/2014 at 10:15 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Betts -- As Hirschman points out, "exit" and "voice" can work together to exert pressure on an organization to change its ways. Effective instances of the use of "voice" (such as yours) need to be supported, and accurate data on the volume of "exit" (and type of constituents exiting) should also be provided. When people deeply committed to the cause of public education invest a lot in trying to help the institution and then leave, that says something about the responsiveness and functionality of administration / bureaucracy in the district. We need to have an accurate understanding of what is going on if we are to make the right decisions about how to improve.

In my view, the board needs to encourage continuity in the superintendency and retain Dr. Sanchez, but it also needs to get behind policies that ensure improvements to transparency and accountability. If it does not, the district will continue to hemorrhage parents like those I mentioned in my earlier post who are strong supporters of public schooling. These parents want TUSD schools to be high functioning and they could, through their involvement and advocacy, be strong positive contributors to that goal, if the district could become responsive and responsible enough to start retaining them.

RE: the internal auditor policy and the quality of discussion that took place on that topic at last night's board meeting-- we are agreed on both of those points.

The upcoming board election is of critical importance. As many well-informed and thoughtful commentators on Safier's recent posts have noted, the composition and climate of the board needs to change. I hope we will maintain continuity in the superintendency, but I also sincerely hope that we will elect board members who can be collaborative when that is what is needed, at the same time that they can be effective in opposing wrong-headed policies when these are introduced.

Factionalism, cronyism, patronage, incivility, "rubber stamping," and personality-based decision making should stop, for the good of our children. Positive change in the institutional culture and effective leadership need to start at the top, i.e. at the board level. I don't agree with you (or with any other board member or candidate) on every issue, but I support your candidacy because you seem to have the intelligence, experience, and consensus-building skills needed to help improve the way the board functions.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by A TUSD Parent who is FedUp on 09/11/2014 at 10:12 AM

Re: “The Skinny

"But it's going to be more sustainable and more effective if the public understands what the facts are on immigration."

The facts are business wants cheap labor, and the 1% want cheap nannies and working Americans can just bend over and take it.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 09/11/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “The Skinny

"But it's going to be more sustainable and more effective if the public understands what the facts are on immigration."

The facts are business wants cheap labor, rich media companies want cheap nannies, and working Americans get to just bend over and take it.

9 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 09/11/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

Wait, isn't violating the laws of a sovereign nation immoral? I guess it's not if you really want to.

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Posted by bslap on 09/11/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

I want to thank Dr. Stegeman for his leadership and thank him for guidance as who to vote for. This should be nonpartisan.

11 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Logical Thinker on 09/11/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Betts Putman-Hildalgo: If you really cared "about the kids"...a shibboleth that you constantly use without any specific details as to HOW you would help the kids, you would unhesitatingly ask for the removal, by the Voters of TUSD, of the two incumbents, Grijalva and Hicks along with an Administrative reorganization.

If, as your state, TUSD"..... its still a good education in academics....", why has the District been loosing, for that past 10 years. approximately 1500 Students? There are a few Academically good Schools in TUSD as indicated by the AIMS Scores....but...generally, the District is an Academic mess!!

ARS 15-841 and ARS 15-821 needs to be implemented so as to begin the process of making TUSD a positive Academic experience for ALL Students in the District.

4 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Francis Saitta on 09/11/2014 at 9:02 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Stegeman is a college professor. Juarez works for Pima County, as does Grijalva. Foster is an SUSD teacher. Hicks works for the city. Currently, there are no unemployed board members with all day free to visit schools. Stegeman has perhaps the most available time, and to his credit, he does visit schools during the school day. The others have a tough time doing that without consequences in their financial security. All of them make efforts to visit school events and district events after working hours. They receive no pay and lots of grief no matter what they do. Juarez, Grijalva, and Hicks have children in the system and family lives to consider as well.

When the public beats up on any school board members, they should remember this is an unpaid, essentially volunteer position, done with the best interests of kids as they see it at heart, at least when they begin service. Nobody gets rich, and I know of only three board members in living history who went on to other elected service. Brenda Even at PCC, Raul Grijalva and Katie Dusenberry to the County Board of Supervisors. Eva Bacal tried but did not succeed. If this is a stepping stone, it sure doesn't work very well. If all the naysayers would put half the energy into helping at their closest individual school at any level, the district would be a lot better!

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by gcb1 on 09/11/2014 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Forever on Fourth

La Indita has been a staple for local environmentalists for years and will still be for many years to come!

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by James Leonard on 09/11/2014 at 8:52 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Huh. All along I've been under the impression that Mark Stegeman belonged to the Mark Stegeman Party.

I would love to see the talents and energy of Mr. Stegeman and the TUSD board members to be channeled more directly into the serious and complex business of building a world-class school district. There seem to be a lot of good intentions to build upon, but I wish that people would resist the temptation to keep kicking up political dust and engaging in 'us vs. them' conversations. I have yet to see where the current political sideshow has resulted in any positive, sustainable improvement for kids, teachers, or taxpayers.

7 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Parent X on 09/11/2014 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Deli Dilemma

I called mine nana and one of them only spoke Italian. What can I say?

As far as the lasagna goes, that wasn't lasagna in any place on the planet.

Posted by rconnelly on 09/11/2014 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Re: Hospital Food

Reminds me of the times when I worked at St. Josephs Hospital when the patients would sneak out of the Alcohol Rehab Center to go across the parking lot to Hoolihans for a booster shot or two.

Someone once even figured out how to bypass the alarm switches on the doors so they could leave without setting off the alarm!

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Posted by gcohn on 09/11/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Dear East Valley, We're Sorry in Advance for "The Cool Church"

You should been here in Michigan where old Dave got his start. Almost 50 years old, dressing and trying to talk like he's 25?

Ask him how he handled the death of his 1st wife and how he quit his church in Kalamazoo when the membership dared challenged him on his teachings, including the teaching of men to spank their wives when they wouldn't submit to the man's authority.

Posted by Bob Simonson on 09/11/2014 at 8:23 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Pima Mujer: I usually visit one school per week and spend 3+ hours there. I think that is more than most board members do.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 09/11/2014 at 7:48 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Dear FedUp--some of us respond, despite our disgust with some aspects of it, with commitment to change TUSD from the inside, knowing that, with its flaws, its still a good education in academics, an important education in diversity, and a cause worth supporting. We don't ALL vote with our feet!

Re: the audit issue in TUSD. What an embarrassment to sit there listening (in hour 41/2 of a 5 hour meeting) to adults snipe at each other,have mini temper tantrums in public and growl over a policy that, as you say, is standard operating procedure in other parts of the country (as well as called for in multiple audits of TUSD.) It would not be surprising if there are those who think that the administration has something to hide for the fierce opposition such an idea seems to cause. Something else that doesn't happen in Arizona, or more accurately in TUSD? Passing tax overrides to actually try to fund our suffering public schools. An independent audit might well help build district credibility...

Meanwhile, our blogosphere, appreciated as it is by this reader, is full of one person's political peccadilloes instead of asking what the h#ll is the problem with an internal independent auditor for a district that struggles constantly with financial credibility...

Well might some people respond Does anyone care about the kids?!

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/11/2014 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Danehy

Got to agree. Some people will do anything to hide from religion.

Wasn't the original team name the "Redskins?"

8 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 09/11/2014 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Those French Guys Are Seemingly Going to Get Away With Their Squirrel-Kicking Crimes

Because you don't. It's that simple.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rat T on 09/11/2014 at 6:43 AM

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