Thank you for your astute and brave (... you'll catch hell - like I often do - as a smartass, know-it-all, etc, etc, etc). willingness to stand as a Thesaurus-waving warrior for literacy and avowed enemy of the idiocy being doled out for around $20,000 a year in a state-sponsored school.
You can also gauge the embarrassing level of ignorance (are teachers just ignoring it or are students to dumb to understand grade-school concepts???) and lack of grammatical rules being passed off as "educated" by listening to how come/go, bring/take are thoroughly abused and apparently assumed now to be interchangeable.
WHEN YOU PROMOTE YOURSELF AS A "PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST" YET DEMONSTRATE, AT BEST A MEDIOCRE MIDDLE-SCHOOL COMMAND OF YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE, YOU HAVE LOST ALL CREDIBILITY AS A WRITER AND GIVE ME A MERE, LOWLY, RETIRED DISABLED NON-COMMISSIONED ARMY OFFICER, COMBAT MEDIC NOT SMART ENOUGH - OR WILLING - TO DUCK (THREE TIMES) WITH BUT ONE PUBLIC COLLEGE BACHELOR'S AND ONE STATE-SPONSORED (NAU) MASTER'S THE RIGHT TO CRITICIZE, "SHARPSHOOT," CORRECT, EVEN RIDICULE YOUR NASCENT, EMBRYONIC WRITING SKILLS!
Now for those who did not get the message - - - this "writer" lost the right to be assessed on reporting factual material as understood at the moment. The primary, over-riding, and, frightening reality is, if they cannot communicate above a sixth grade (sorry kids, had to fit him in somewhere) level with the editing, formatting, writing tools and applications available, to what degree am I supposed to fantasize accurate, informed, probing, and INTELLIGENT skills were remarkably present then and "poof" disappear.
The December 15th issue of Forbes Magazine had an article entitled, "Here's a Plan to Turn Around, US Education and generate $225 Trillion". All of us with an interest in education should read it. It was written by the editor of Forbes, hardly a bleeding liberal journal that does an economic analysis of an investment in educating our kids. Five facets to the initiative, (1) Increase teacher salaries; (2) Universal Pre-K; (3)Empower the Principal; (4) Blended learning (computer with face to face) and (5) Common Core.
Makes for an excellent read and makes the point that there is a strong business case for investing in our public education system.
What's one more knuckledragger in the tea party cesspool we call Congress?
Ron Barber was a good middle of the road Democrat that worked for the whole District. McSally, like too many repubs, tries to pander to extremist teabagger types. I hope the closeness of the vote and the actual job will enable her to see and represent all of us.
Jim Nintzel makes the same mistakes most graduates of our dumbed-down schools produce. Look Jim, if you use a dollar sign in front of some numbers, you do NOT put the word "dollars" after the numbers. To do so is redundant If you do not use the dollar sign ($), then use the word. You don't use them both in the same sentence. Got it? Write it down and post it next to your computer screen. Otherwise, you will be demoted to being the Chief Administrative Leader Boss Jefe of the Department of Repetitious Redundancy Department.
I always see the anti American anti gun law idiots come out in all of these types, sorry Gabby, you did a good job, should have had some armed good guys around you at the time. If you mention here that other countries do better with their gun laws than ours, please move there and shut up. The issue is not and never has been gun laws, its the societal break down of this country, starting with the lack of discipline that now thrives in America and have turned God into a politically incorrect statement. OH, and you can't spank my child in school for disrespecting you, my foul mouthed 10 year old deserves your respect before he/she gives you theirs. But yes, lats take away guns, knives, pointed objects, nail files and all the other things you cannot take on an airline, perhaps that would help, help the criminals that is. If anyone here thinks anti gun laws will preclude criminals from using them, you are sadly mistaken and what I would call a victim in the waiting. The way you fix this is to expedite the justice system, no slack, if a person received a death sentence for a heinous crime (any murder) they get 72 hours to make their peace, no crazy pleas, no excuses, if you did it, you pay immediately. Additionally, no parole concessions for violent offenders, all of these repeat offenders consider our prisons (correctional facilities) their second or first home, back to their friends and have full medical, dental, educational benefits so they can get fixed up for their next release and crime spree. So take note anti gun lobbyist, if you wish to be unarmed and and an easy target that's your choice, I hope you get what you ask for, me on the other hand, I have spent 20 years defending this country across the globe to have the right to keep and bare arms and will never give that up, and unfortunately, its to protect myself, family and anyone else that I should be close enough to assist. Remember, the police are not your protectors, they respond to declare your death a homicide and report the facts.
A good story, http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/dallas-county/2014/10/29/man-concealed-handgun-shoots-kills-robber-police-crime/18115091/
did this robber deserve to die? absolutely, what would the outcome have been otherwise? who knows but this is what a criminal should expect, if you commit a crime against someone, you should expect death as a possible outcome, bottom line, don't commit crimes and you may live happily.
Can't wait for this change to one of our favorite places out east. It sounds like it will still be a go-to place for food and live music.
If past performance and lack of vision in Superintendent Douglas's campaign is any clue just hope the Legislature doesn't do more harm while dismantling the district schools in Arizona while favoring for profit schools because we saw no evidence from her campaign any hope for a different track than we have seen in the past for public education.
Douglas showed no interest during the election of anything other than "common core" a nationwide measuring stick for public education. In this age of following the jobs has had one affect it is on the children who are transferred from one school to the next often finding no uniformity in curriculum from one school to the next.
Common Core if nothing else should aid in leveling the curriculum playing field for these up-rooted young folks. Something desperately needed in today's world.
The new Superintendent has an opportunity to soar into the future bypassing the opportunity of staffing the department with ideologues or lackeys for private educational or for profit school systems and enrolling Arizona educators experienced in our existing educational programs.
We need a state educational department dedicated to preparing our young citizens for future job markets, supporting not just K-12 but community college programs where they can obtain professional credentials and move into good paying jobs and career paths. A university system bringing additional opportunities for serious growth and development of talent right here in Arizona at reasonable tuitions.
Lots of new conservatives were voted into office by the oppression of the voters in November. It will be worst in 2016. I suspect most that vote will be Republicans. We just seen in the funding bill what there agenda is for the next 2 years. Destroy the middle class. Already Walmart and Koch brothers have declared a war of the workers, Keeping their wages as low as possible.
In order for the Republicans to win, voters at the community level are being targeted now. It starts with the councils, mayors and goes up to the state level.
FP, whereas liberals just tell us to "bend over and take it", throwing our tax dollars to whatever entities that they deem as appropriate.
We had a representative who voted like a Republican, so why not have a Republican? And I agree with Dave. Congress is only on rental to the Republicans for the next two years.
It is a shame that this commercial use is within the buffer zone that protects the Saguaro National Park from such uses and intense human presence. Saguaro Corners is grandfathered, so it is legal. However, a proposed motel, restaurant and retail development that is eroneously portrayed as a bicycle "ranch with a bunk house" and that would be located next door to Saguaro Corners ... THAT proposal certainly must be denied a building permit by Pima County.
Is there any idea what percentage of state money comes to Tucson and then TUSD?
@Constitution Defender, yes when I first realized and confirmed that my safety was compromised I spent my rent money on a .38special bc all I had was an unreliable little pea shooter.
RatT, illegals aren't allowed to vote ;-}
D~M will not really change when the A~10 retires because there is more to the base than A~10s. Snce the A~10 only performs roughly 20% of the Close air support it's time may have passed. Shame on Ron Barber for using OUR tax dollars to extend this airplane simply because WE are too selfish to accept the need to spend our defense dollars wisely.
Not only do we have representation in Washington, we have positive representation. Given that the HOR will have the highest number of seats held by the GOP since 1928 (86 years), AND the GOP will have control of the Senate next month, the message is pretty clear. The Obama agenda, peddled by Harry Reid (removed as majority leader by the voters), Nancy Pelosi (also removed) and Ron Barber (fired!), is not what the American voters want! As soon as southern Arizonans wise up, and fire Raul Grijalva ( boycott Arizona??) and Ann Kirkpatrick, we'll really be moving in a positive direction!
Ammo prices are down. Stock up now.
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We have the Ash Fork School district, in the middle of no-where with little tax support, and no charter school in sight, being an incredibly successful district, with low income, high performing students. Great staff and superintendent and supportive, goal setting ELECTED school board. District of the year in Arizona. Charter boards, self-perpetuating, and answerable only to their corporate masters.
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