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Re: “For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

That she has supported Christian schools is not a strike against her as a person or as a philanthropist, but that she has no professional expertise in education or in the management of public school districts is a serious strike against her as a nominee for Secretary of Education.

Yes, some of our public districts in this country are troubled. From a real-world analysis point of view, it is important to remember that the public district system still educates 80-something percent of the population and no degree of investment in an under-regulated alternative sector where the existing institutions need greater oversight and transparency infrastructure than they currently have can throw up a system of high functioning schools quickly enough to provide reliable alternatives to everyone currently enrolled in public districts. If the head of the American Department of Education has a distaste for the public district school system and no expertise in how to work with existing districts to help them improve services to students, that is a serious problem. We don't need more test-and-punish style federal interaction with our schools, which benefits testing companies and the hedge fund managers backing charter chains, not the majority of the kids we are trying to educate in this country, who desperately need the services delivered in their neighborhood schools improved.

Where are the heroes in this sad drama? When you look at a district like TUSD, there are none. On one side of the fence you have people like Sanchez and his backers running a public district serving tens of thousands of students into the ground while their enablers in the media lie about or ignore or excuse their malfeasance, on the other side you have people like De Vos bringing ideological commitments that cannot possibly heal the wounds in our public district school system to the job of head of the federal department of education. De Vos's nomination does not bode well for TUSD or other districts that need HONEST analysis, reform and the right kind of support, not more malfeasant administrators and politicos benefiting from awarding their multi-million dollar contracts and not more top-down, federal scorched earth campaigns of test-and-punish.

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Posted by De Vos cannot fix our education system's problems. on 12/06/2016 at 6:59 AM

Re: “For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

That she has long supported organizations which share her vision is a strong plus for her nomination. This stands in testament that she truly cares about education issues and sees a path forward to help. I wish we had more like her.

Her contributions to Christian organizations is another very positive factor in her character and character is sadly lacking in the whole of the current administration; indeed totally lacking. When we, as Tucson locals, give to our church on a regular basis, we too support similar intuitions, albeit in a small way. This is a very good thing.

A great choice by Donnie!

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Posted by Bisbee boy on 12/06/2016 at 5:52 AM

Re: “For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

"Some deep, deep pockets are funding the push to discredit and dismantle our traditional public education system..."

Yeah, Americans. We're going to root out the corrupters of our children, the ones that have profited from destroying our public education, YOU!

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Posted by What, Again on 12/05/2016 at 8:08 PM

Re: “For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

And opponents of Ms DeVos fund abortion providers. Are you really advocating for children, or a political party and their donors?

Americans now know the difference.

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 12/05/2016 at 7:55 PM

Re: “For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

Let's be HONEST, David, shall we? (I know honesty and journalistic integrity are values you believe in deeply, as you've told us repeatedly since November 8.)

Districts like TUSD do not need the "education reform / privatization" camp to discredit them. Under the leadership of people like the Board members you have endorsed and the chief administrator you love to exucse, they discredit themselves. And you enable them and propagandize relentlessly for them.

Will you be doing a piece on all the manifold reasons HT Sanchez should be fired in January 2017, as soon as his Board majority rubber stampers, all three of whom you endorsed, loses its death grip on governance? No, probably not. Because you don't actually hate lies. When Democrats lie, or allow the mis-use of public funds, or improperly receive campaign donations from companies to which they've voted to award multi-million dollar contracts, or give a pass to outrageous compensation packages and bonuses in central admin while teachers get by on starvation wages, our outsource the management of substitute teachers, or look the other way as the district continues to fail to implement the desegregation order or picks fights with the desegregation authority or changes the law firm managing the desegregation case three times and the legal costs multiply like rabbits, you -- great defender of THE TEACHING PROFESSION and STUDENTS WHO ARE UNDERSERVED that you are, keep your mouth shut or come up with lame excuses or create, with great shows of smoke and fire, elaborate distractions to mislead the ignorant.

Haven't you figured it out yet that people like you are the YIN to Betsy De Vos's YANG? People like YOU, supposed staunch defenders of public district schools, allow them to go down in flames while you lie about what is actually happening in them and excuse politicians who mismanage them. It is David-Safier-style-propagandizing-and-enabling that creates the case studies these people look at when they propose that the only way to save the children in neighborhoods with schools like these is to give them an "out."

My child's TUSD school had rodents in it. Textbooks were chronically undersupplied. Ceiling tiles crumbled and fell on the desks while class was in session. The electrical system in one of the building repeatedly shorted out, triggering building evacuations more than once. Testing was mis-used, to benefit the district's stats and not the district's students. Financial processes were mismanaged, negatively affecting the functioning of staff and the delivery of supplies. Central admin lied about any number of things, repeatedly, shamelessly. And no, it was not just underfunding that caused all this. It was MISMANAGEMENT and POOR GOVERNANCE, from politicians and a malfeasant administrator you constantly excused and / or endorsed, for three long years.

So do what you like here, blogging away in your largely idle retirement from the teaching profession, but please don't pretend that your commentary has anything to do with STUDENT BENEFIT or SOCIAL JUSTICE. Your writing is in devoted pursuit of brown nosing your political network and forwarding their aims, which have nothing to do with making the lives of students in local public district schools better, or enabling the public district schools system to fulfill its promise as a democratically governed, responsive and transparent institution.

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Posted by As a defender of public district schools, Safier is worthless. on 12/05/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Nine Questions: Sid The Kid

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Posted by Rita Chiricuzio on 12/05/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Cannabis and cancer

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Posted by Harrison Emily on 12/05/2016 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Betsy DeVos Set To Join the Trump Cabinet's Billionaire Boys [and Girls] Club

Officials had cited the buildings owner for blight on Nov. 13 after neighbors complained of a ton of garbage piling up in the adjoining lot. They next day, city records show officials began an investigation of an alleged illegal interior building structure.
When inspectors returned on Nov. 17, they couldnt get in, Darin Ranelletti, Oaklands interim director of planning and building, said at a news conference. He didnt say why or explain whether they had tried later to return.

But City Council member Noel Gallo told the Bay Area News Group on Saturday that nobody had answered the door when inspectors visited the building, and they apparently had not tried again.

Family members waiting for word about loved ones were furious when Mayor Libby Schaaf told them that the city had tried to inspect the warehouse last month but couldnt get access.

What I dont understand is why werent they able to gain access, and if that was the case, why didnt they stay there until they could? said Dan Vega, an Oakley mechanic whose 22-year-old brother Alex Vega is still missing. They should have locked it up.-East Bay Times

Just wait. It will get much worse.

The building inspectors had the responsibility and the right to get inside and make sure that it was safe. Were they told not to ? Three more weeks they allowed it to compound because they couldn't get inside?

How long until it's linked to the Mayor? Who knows.

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Posted by Susan Hirsh on 12/05/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

It's obvious that you guys are not watching the linked video.

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Posted by Hillary Won The Pop Vote on 12/05/2016 at 4:09 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

Watch it, you will understand.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/hLpE1Pa8vvI?autoplay=1&autohide=1&showinfo=0&iv_load_policy=3&rel=0

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Posted by Hillary Won The Pop Vote on 12/05/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The Weekly List: 25 Things To Do In The Next 10 Days

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Re: “Danehy

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Re: “Nine Questions: Sid The Kid

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Posted by Hank on 12/05/2016 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Seriously! It's dead, stop milking it already. Good eye candy, but that was about it. See it on netflix.

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Posted by desertrat on 12/05/2016 at 11:18 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

Nobody has to gin up reasons not to like Trumputin - the traitor to America - Putin's pocket buddy, rapist, tax evader, narcissist, and business failure. But I see his tiny impotent supporters are here, crying and flinging their own poo, unable as always to provide valid sources or form cogent arguments about anything.

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Posted by Never Red on 12/05/2016 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos Set To Join the Trump Cabinet's Billionaire Boys [and Girls] Club

Michael S Ellegood were you using the term "shill" as a noun or a verb?

shill
SHil/Submit
NORTH AMERICANinformal
noun
1.
an accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others.

As a noun you would call her a swindler. Is there any room for a difference of opinion on education?

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Posted by Hawkeye on 12/05/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “A Democrat in Trumpland

Grijalva has my respect: he keeps things real. SB1070 was bad law - the boycott was unfortunate, but it spoke to the issue for workers. However, in "post fact" life, I suppose the commenters above have a point.

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Posted by MaryE2 on 12/05/2016 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Pleasure Activist

Ally, I love your insights on our language and how it affects our sexuality. I'm a straight male, and I can tell you how much my sexuality has been inhibited by trying to conform to male dominant expectations. When I was in high school, "cunt sucker" was one of the worst things you could call a boy. Later in life, I would engage in cunt sucking (can I say that instead of the medical word?) only as "foreplay", to get her turned on so she would let me fuck her. Then I met a woman who insisted that I suck her cunt "all the way", then sent me home with nothing but sore balls and a wet face. At first I felt humiliated and abused, but her orgasms had me fascinated, and I kept coming back for more. There is nothing quite like the intimacy of feeling a woman's orgasm so close. It is not just "foreplay". It is the "main dish".

Posted by jman85 on 12/05/2016 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Quick Bites: Help Keep Monsanto Out of Pima County

Yes who needs a job?

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Posted by Hungry in Vail on 12/05/2016 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos Set To Join the Trump Cabinet's Billionaire Boys [and Girls] Club

Hey David -

How about some coverage of wages, entitlements, and labor conditions in the businesses run by Trump and his cabinet picks, including De Vos?

Then, just to be sure you're being even-handed in your reporting -- something I know you care about -- you might include some info on wages, entitlements, and labor conditions in TUSD, making sure to include the outsourced substitute teacher labor force as well as the underpaid full time permanent teacher labor force. Don't forget to include the full amount of public funds going in management fees to ESI per month, as well as what ESI's vetting process is for the adults they recruit and put into classrooms with children enrolled in TUSD schools.

Thanks in advance for your work on this. And do keep shining a light, as Michael S. Ellegood requests, on the various ways -- and there are many of them, coming from several different political / ideological quarters at this point -- that children are getting a raw deal in American education these days.

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Posted by Yes, do keep up the selective "advocacy" for kids. on 12/05/2016 at 8:25 AM

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