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Re: “TUSD Board Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday, Feb. 21. Only One Item on the Agenda

Deja vu. Bash and crash the TUSD superintendent. Then hire another. Bash and crash. Then another one. Repeat process ad nauseum to the satisfaction of ornery ignorant people with nothing good to say about anybody.

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Posted by Knee Jerks Want What? on 02/18/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Taking Initiative

There is nothing wrong with my keyboard. My husband and I met in tge 70s when we worked for Tucson Gas & Electric. I have always done that. Sorry it causes you such grief.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/18/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

"...he talks to people until the last person leavesand he does it in Spanish,..."

Raul Grijalva -
Former member of MECha, which seeks to facilitate Mexico's reconquest of the Southwestern U.S.

Former leader of the Raza Unida Party

Make Tucson Mexico Again!

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Posted by What, Again on 02/18/2017 at 6:09 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

First, the reporter counted wrong. There were more than 3 people who spoke in opposition to Sanchez. Furthermore at least 3 senior TUSD administrators broadcast emails trying to get people to come out in support of Sanchez. The TUSD email system was used! Ms. Foster also put an effort into getting people to turn out to support Sanchez. If after all that effort only 20 people showed up to support Sanchez, that's not much of an endorsement for keeping him.

There was no effort at all to get people to speak in opposition to Sanchez.

The November TUSD Board election was a strong vote to bring serious change to the district. Continuity lost; positive change won. And that is what Ms. Sedgwick is doing. She has exhibited courage in the face of multiple despicable attempts to smear her and damage her reputation. To understand what is going on in TUSD, my advice is to watch a few Board meetings and skip reading the Tucson Weekly for a while

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Posted by Lillian Fox on 02/17/2017 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

I went to the fully-accredited (regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission) for-profit University of Phoenix and I can honestly say I received an exemplary education and it was much better than any education at any not-for-profit state public universities I have attended. I learned amazing skills and consider myself a scholar who is published and notable in his field. The University of Phoenix curriculum was rigorous, meaningful, relevant, and applicable. Not all for-profit schools are "bad" and many schools are changing and adapting to the new rules, for the better! Oh, and let us not start a new form of discrimination where we discriminate against for-profit graduates. These are some of the hardest working Americans I know! And those who complain about not finishing UoPx they could not handle the rigor. Do not ever undermine anyones education. I love the University of Phoenix, enrolling students since 1976, and so do its 1,000,000 Alumni!! Surveys conducted suggested that 92% of alumni are satisfied with their education and outcome. Finally, DO NOT forget that the University of Phoenix educated the non-traditional students and I thank the University of Phoenix! The University filled a demand where traditional academia would NOT! Stop vilifying my school!

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Posted by Gabriel F on 02/17/2017 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Cultivating Community

I noticed that David Safier, after a load of criticism, just scrubbed all of his suck-up comments from Kristel Foster's FB page. Though Joan Safier is still on there channeling Donald Trump, calling the new board member Rachael Sedgwick a "bitch."


This guy is your education columnist? Come on, Tucson Weekly. Now, of all times. Have some integrity.

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Posted by Education Guardian on 02/17/2017 at 7:07 PM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

This shows absolutely no understanding of what we do as public officials that represent a school district.

I'm sorry Foster/Grijalva machine. we pretty much know exactly what you do. And many of us want you to stop it.

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Posted by TUSD needs to rid itself of on 02/17/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands


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Posted by Mark Ochs on 02/17/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday, Feb. 21. Only One Item on the Agenda

This is what you need to know about the Grijalvas:

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Posted by George S on 02/17/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Editors Note

Mari, I really can't thank you enough for making my point for me. It's been 3 weeks now since you wrote how proud you are of your 15 year old son that he knows that President Donald Trump is a racist. A " fact " he no doubt learned from his mom. I challenged you on that asking what facts you have to base that on. I'm sure if you had any you would come back at me with both barrels. Instead nothing. Silence. That's because you don't have a shred of evidence that Trump's a racist. Unless it's something you heard on the View. I hope you're proud that you filled your young sons head with lies and misinformation.
This is why I love the Left . Confront them with facts and they turn tail and run. You can't beat me in the arena of ideas. Never have. Never will.

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Posted by CW13 on 02/17/2017 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

Just stay home and you will not die in the desert and committe the crime of being illegal!!!! Any question?

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Posted by Azson on 02/17/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

Strategically placed the wall will prevent the US from looting Mexico of indigenous animals. Over the last 50 years there have been over 200 species , basically stolen from Mexico by us. They must be captured and returned. We owe them that much.

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Posted by Eleanor P (Cat lady) on 02/17/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday, Feb. 21. Only One Item on the Agenda

Everyday I'm thankful my children have options other than TUSD.

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Posted by bslap on 02/17/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

Build the wall, prevent families from being separated. Do it for the children.

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Posted by bslap on 02/17/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

"...he talks to people until the last person leavesand he does it in Spanish,..."
Well, there are probably some positions available in Sonora.

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Posted by bslap on 02/17/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Rural Resistance

A more relevant question would be, why not ask these people about the environmental impact, trash and trail cutting caused by illegal immigration. How about some perspectives on the Cumero fire, which burned over 2,000 acres just over the hills from Arivaca last year?

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Posted by Nathan K on 02/17/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

We obviously need more visible border security to discourage these people from crossing. We should also stop encouraging these dangerous trips by putting water and other supplies in the desert.

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Posted by Nathan K on 02/17/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Meeting Scheduled For Tuesday, Feb. 21. Only One Item on the Agenda

The Network for Public Education sent out an e-mail this morning urging the people on its contact list to work against the passage of HR610:

"HR 610, the School Choice Act, would eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which was passed as a part of Lyndon B. Johnson's 'War on Poverty.' Federal funds would be used instead to create 'block grants' to be used to 'distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child.' It would also roll back nutritional standards for free lunches for poor children."

This is the alternative to insisting that public school districts be competently managed. If they cannot be competently and honestly managed, the nation will take -- and is taking -- a different path.

What lessons about the direction national policy should take can we draw from observing TUSD under the Sanchez administration?

**Under its current leadership, the district redistributed Title 1 funds to achieve an across-the-board reduction in class sizes. This had the effect of reducing class sizes by adding fully qualified, experienced and certified teachers in schools like University High School and Fruchthendler that serve primarily affluent students, while in many of the schools serving primarily poor students, the new teaching positions created by the initiative could not be filled. Since the district reduced class sizes, too many classrooms in low-SES schools have been staffed with under-qualified long-term subs whose labor the Sanchez administration then outsourced to the for-profit company ESI, reducing their wages and destroying their ability to qualify for benefits. Does this provide the public with a "case study" that supports maintaining the provisions of ESEA? The public could be forgiven for asking: if this is what happens to Title 1 funds in districts like TUSD, what is the point of the government granting them? They are not benefiting the students they are intended to benefit.

**Under its current leadership, the district began spending millions in desegregation funds that should be spent to benefit minority students in increased legal fees to try to get out from under its desegregation order. Leaving aside the question of whether these funds would be better applied in the classrooms to benefit students, let's look at what the probable result of getting out from under the desegregation order will be: the Arizona legislature will have an excuse ("They're no longer under court order!") to eliminate the funding supplement entirely. Is the loss of $60 million per year that could potentially be applied to benefit minority students and achieve greater integration too high a price to pay for TUSD's central administrators no longer having to deal with independent desegregation authorities asking questions about how these funds are being applied? I guess it would depend on who you ask: the parents of minority students or the central administrators in TUSD, who will continue to receive inflated salaries and bonuses whether or not the district continues to levy desegregation taxes on its residents and business owners.)

**Are the best interests of poor children being served in a public district system where the Superintendent takes home nearly $500K a year and gives $10K bonuses to members of his central administrative cabinet while the district hoards 301 money meant for teacher bonuses in the districts' bank accounts and teachers leave the district and / or the profession because the working conditions in TUSD are so poor and / or they cannot put food on the table for their families with their shockingly low salaries and lower-than-they-should be bonuses? Half way through this school year, there were still more than 100 teaching positions the district had not been able to fill. Considering the district's inability to apply the funds available to it in ways that result in its classrooms being uniformly and reliably staffed with qualified educators, how do we then make the case to the public that it would not better serve students to be given the option of enrolling elsewhere, as the federal legislation under discussion proposes to do?

Whatever decisions are made about TUSD's leadership in the near term, the community should be considering these questions and keeping in mind that while the public observes a district enrolling 50,000 students systematically and persistently failing to offer quality services to minorities and the disadvantaged, many of the legitimate arguments for maintaining federal education laws and policies like ESEA are being effectively undermined.

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Posted by Local Management's Implications for National Policy? on 02/17/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

Think of all the lives the wall will destroy.

But anyone with half a brain knows, the advice given by What, Again is the best advice to avoid.

Unless you are the same caliber of moron that What, Again is.

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Posted by What, Again is the Yugest moron in Tucson Weekly posting history on 02/17/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “TUSD Sideshow

Wow! It's so refreshing to have yet another piece of education coverage from the Weekly that tells the Grijalva/Foster story (NOT). What the h has happened to this newspaper? I get it--bought by outsiders, decreasing budget, etc. etc. etc. but the education coverage on TUSD is all only from one direction--does anyone else notice? Stephanie Boe got you on speed dial or what?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 02/17/2017 at 7:49 AM

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