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Re: “McSally Votes Against GOP Budget

So McSally is a committed puppet of the neolib/military/globalist complex. No surprises there.

Posted by Vendetta on 03/26/2015 at 11:29 AM

Re: “McSally Votes Against GOP Budget

PaulAZ -- You don't seem to realize she voted against the _Republican_ budget. Not anything to do with the president at all.

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Posted by blaze_mason on 03/26/2015 at 9:32 AM

Re: “It's True, Arizona Taxes Screw the Poor. Howie Fischer and WalletHub Say So

It's not just one party both are to blame. But since the democrats have been in charge the taxes have gone up. Here in Tucson and Pima county they can only blame the democrats for the problems since they are the ones in charge and have been for quite a while.

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Posted by trainmanswife on 03/26/2015 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Last-Minute Attempt by Lawmakers to Gut TUSD's Desegregation Funds

I really really think TUDS is way to big, it should be divided up.

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Posted by PaulAZ on 03/26/2015 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Last-Minute Attempt by Lawmakers to Gut TUSD's Desegregation Funds

Sunny side is just as bad as TUSD.

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Posted by PaulAZ on 03/26/2015 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Last-Minute Attempt by Lawmakers to Gut TUSD's Desegregation Funds

Sorry but as long as TUSD fights to teach racist curriculum and it is run with such incompetence, I would never call it a public education and is the primary example why I support charter schools.

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Posted by PaulAZ on 03/26/2015 at 8:23 AM

Re: “It's True, Arizona Taxes Screw the Poor. Howie Fischer and WalletHub Say So

It seems to me that if the poor received a "windfall," they'd be rich now. Instead, Tucson is now the fifth poorest city in the U.S. And twenty five percent of Tucson's children live in poverty.

When it comes to taxes, the poor do pay more. And as a result of extreme tax cuts for the rich and the resulting budget cuts, the poor will have even less access to quality education in our local public schools, Pima Community College and the U of A.

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 03/26/2015 at 8:14 AM

Re: “McSally Votes Against GOP Budget

For once I know we have some one up there taking care of us, not obamanation

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Posted by PaulAZ on 03/26/2015 at 8:13 AM

Re: “TUSD's Michael Hicks May Have Changed His Name to 'Charles;' (Again) Signs Up in Favor of Cutting $64M in Deseg Funds

Any thing that keeps TUSD from wasting more of our tax dollars I am for it. Can I vote to?

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Posted by PaulAZ on 03/26/2015 at 8:11 AM

Re: “McSally Votes Against GOP Budget

So she wants more deficit spending then??

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Posted by Jeff Latas on 03/26/2015 at 7:54 AM

Re: “TUSD's Michael Hicks May Have Changed His Name to 'Charles;' (Again) Signs Up in Favor of Cutting $64M in Deseg Funds

Expecting any kind of journalistic professionalism from Tucson Weekly is apparently expecting too much. They have repeatedly made it clear -- in the run up to the 2014 elections and in recent coverage of legislative issues -- that they are incapable of it.

As for TUSD -- governance by misinformation (relying, for example, on much of your constituency being uninformed about the facts, e.g. how much the installation of an auditor would actually cost and how much has been allocated recently to other positions and initiatives) is -- what can we call it? I'll say "irresponsible" and leave it at that.

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Posted by Disgusted, Again on 03/26/2015 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Last-Minute Attempt by Lawmakers to Gut TUSD's Desegregation Funds

Robin, I'm not sure whom you are addressing when you write "For those who believe the Special Master is does [sic] not audit how TUSD spends the deseg money, I read a list of his duties and you are wrong." No one posting in this comment stream has said that the Special Master doesn't audit how TUSD spends the deseg money. Read the post entitled "Too Many Audits?" above and you will see that the commenter understands that the Special Master oversees audits to ensure funds are being applied in compliance with the USP.

Your statement that "the only confusion on whether the deseg money is being abused is created by the very people who want to see the demise of public education" is an overgeneralization. It may make you feel good to make sweeping, incautious statements like that, but you are being unfair to some supporters of public education when you do so.

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Posted by Wrong Again on 03/26/2015 at 7:14 AM

Re: “TUSD's Michael Hicks May Have Changed His Name to 'Charles;' (Again) Signs Up in Favor of Cutting $64M in Deseg Funds

They always say there's no money to hire an auditor. The media accepts this at face value? There are 64 million dollars to hire an auditor. But it's hard to have your own slush fund with an auditor sniffing around.

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Posted by bslap on 03/26/2015 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Last-Minute Attempt by Lawmakers to Gut TUSD's Desegregation Funds

It appears the striker on 1120 is gone... yay Dr. Sanchez. For those who believe the Special Master is does not audit how TUSD spends the deseg money, I read a list of his duties and you are wrong. It is a PDF file and long and anyone can see it if they google Special Master TUSD 2015. That is his primary job. He watches where all the money goes. Also this is what Dr. Sanchez said yesterday in the TUSD dispatch:

"TUSD's spending is already scrutinized by a court-ordered special master, the Fisher plaintiffs, the Mendoza plaintiffs, an appointed school budget operations expert and a federal judge," he said. "We have no concerns about another audit. We just ask that a reasonable timeline be set so that we are not forced to try to meet court-ordered desegregation requirements without the funding we need to fulfill them."

The only confusion on whether the deseg money is being abused is created by the very people who want to see the demise of public education.


I am so impressed with Dr. Sanchez in so many ways.

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Posted by Robin B. on 03/26/2015 at 5:14 AM

Re: “TUSD's Michael Hicks May Have Changed His Name to 'Charles;' (Again) Signs Up in Favor of Cutting $64M in Deseg Funds

Several points:

1) The $400,000 estimate of the cost of an internal auditor (see previous article) is absurd. The independent MGT audit six years ago estimated a cost of about $100,000 annually. The high number seems to be partly based on the assumption that the auditor would need personal support staff. It has indeed been TUSD's habit to inflate administrative costs by loading administrators with support staff whether needed or not, but that is not what I or anyone else is proposing for this position. The MGT audit also pointed out that "The cost of an internal auditor is usually more than offset by savings generated through improved efficiencies and improving operations."

The district has magically found money for, and the board has approved, buckets of other new spending in recent weeks, including $750,000 over five years to train teachers at ONE school in project-based learning (after TUSD has paid other consultants to do exactly the same thing).

2) The proposed strike-all amendment to S.B. 1120 does not threaten to reduce desegregation spending until fiscal year 2016-17, which begins 15 months from now. That seems to be adequate time to conduct the audit and review required by the amendment.

3) As a previous commenter observed, Hicks and all other members of the board report to the public, not to the superintendent.

4) Do you contact Mr. Hicks for response, for example about whether he is changing his name, before mocking him in print?

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 03/26/2015 at 5:11 AM

Re: “TUSD's Michael Hicks May Have Changed His Name to 'Charles;' (Again) Signs Up in Favor of Cutting $64M in Deseg Funds

@Please be accurate. The funds would be withheld until the audit. A 64 million dollar cut, until the audit is unacceptable to most educators and parents. The legislature hates TUSD, and this is simply revenge for educating undocumented children.
You cannot say, that Mr. Hicks is doing this as a good steward.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 03/26/2015 at 4:57 AM

Re: “McSally Votes Against GOP Budget

Martha McSally, everyone should remember your name for many should do the same. God Bless Congresswoman Martha McSally. :)

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Posted by chasbass.blogs on 03/26/2015 at 3:38 AM

Re: “Last-Minute Attempt by Lawmakers to Gut TUSD's Desegregation Funds

who thinks that a state that illegally sweeps a billion dollars out of education, then gets told that it has to return 300 million, then ignores that court order and offers 70 million is acting legally now? Where are the courts to put some teeth into the 300 million or the billion, for that matter? Where is the legality in the current proposals? I empathize with you Robin, but I think the question is naive. Arizona doesn't need things to be legal to go ahead and do them anyway! In the same way that our ledge would rather pay for their buddies who own private prisons to profit than pay for our kids to have a decent and educated future, our ledge would rather do this now and litigate its constitutionality later. This has been the name of the game for years. Who counters it and can I see by a show of hands how many of you out there think that TUSD would ever, I mean EVER, get the money back after the state finished its monitoring? All I can say about an independent auditor is that it would have been one more reason why calling for another audit would have looked redundant and stupid.....and I don't think that makes me a troll for any group for saying that.

At any rate, its a moot point now. The loonies are in the ledge, and we down here, with no real power to make big changes (at least right now, since that all depends on elections, and they are at least a little rigged in a broad sense of the word) are bickering amongst ourselves about who the good guys are, or if there ARE any to be found! I'm tired of bickering Robin, as I mentioned in an earlier post, if you are right, prove those of us who disagree wrong by pulling off a budget override, something that TUSD needs desperately!

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/25/2015 at 11:14 PM

Re: “TUSD's Michael Hicks May Have Changed His Name to 'Charles;' (Again) Signs Up in Favor of Cutting $64M in Deseg Funds

TUSD closing more schools? You may get your wish Rat T

They are having to do it themselves.

https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2015/03/25/tusd-administrators-looking-for-higher-ground/#comment-187114

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Posted by David W on 03/25/2015 at 9:12 PM

Re: “TUSD's Michael Hicks May Have Changed His Name to 'Charles;' (Again) Signs Up in Favor of Cutting $64M in Deseg Funds

Why don't we discuss what has been accomplished with the hundreds of millions with deseg money?

Is everybody out there thrilled with the results of 20 years of spending?

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Posted by David W on 03/25/2015 at 8:59 PM

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