Your Orange Emperor has already flip-flopped on that whole wall building thing, which is no surprise since he flip-flopped on all sorts of issues throughout his flimsy campaign. I won't even bother to mention the issues he has flip-flopped on since he has become President-elect. I guess you have such a raging hard-on for the wall that will never happen under his so-called leadership that you conveniently overlooked that. Plus, who will be around to accept the pennies on the dollar that his family members pay to have their extravagant mansions and businesses cleaned if he keeps the "illegals" out? You don't stay uber-rich as he has by actually paying people a decent salary and most U.S. citizens will not work for the low wages which undocumented immigrants will.
P.S.-Racist comments directed at our neighbours from south of the border are not nice. This is one of the many reasons why you feel that your fellow Tucsonans have no love, respect or tolerance for a poor white Christian conservative man such as yourself. They keep reading this horseshit that you post and aim their justified anger towards you, not the nice white Christian conservative men who don't post nasty and racist comments. You poor little cupcake, you will probably die before you learn how to be nice. Keep breeding all that hate and you will die sooner than you should. People who are full of the hate that you have don't have the life expectancy which nice people have.
Right on David! Even if you DON'T track deseg spending or draw the conclusions that I do about TUSD, I am happy to see this post. The nation was built out of immigrants, they didn't all come here "legally" (something which not even all CITIZENS are, all of the time....tax evasion, anyone?jaywalking, anyone?), and they all suffered from anti-immigrant sentiment once they got here. The Irish, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Central Americans, the Mexicans, the European Jews....does anyone remember any of them ACTUALLY being welcomed as the Statue of Liberty implies that they were? No. Unlike many of those that trumpet what real Patriots they are, I happen to be a big fan of that "Give me your tired, your poor, your hungry" stuff, and I can't help but notice that "give me your documented" isn't a part of it.
Thanks, Nintz, for the Throwback Thursday Skinny! This one brings back great memories of The Skinny at its finest.
Perhaps the thin-skinned folks commenting don't understand The Skinny is the Tucson equivalent of the. NY Post's Page Six. Granted, it's been a while since I picked up a hard copy of the Weekly, but I recall the column had a descriptive header that doesn't appear in the on-line edition.
Hang em with their own words:
"I got in touch with the bar owner and we both agreed it's not really a big deal and next time I'm there, I should give him a call and we'll have a drink, because I don't imagine he wants the bar's reputation to get besmirched in any way and I'm perfectly happy to let it go," she said.
Somebody's jackass ears are showing...
I am not going to pile on "What, Again" and call him names. I fit all his white guy categories but lack his pathos. With many decades of watching (and mildly participating in) the politics of this country, I have watched "liberals" try to get along on TV with diminishing success. When they wanted to have a dialogue they got slapped down and insulted by rich mainstream media guys like Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly who set terrible examples for decent behavior. I have watched "conservatives" in public become more and more entrenched and intolerant and go after anyone who sees our nation from a different position in society.
There is a Grand Canyon's worth of difference between Obama's little monument and Trump's huge wall. Like, billions of taxpayers' dollars. Name calling and creating stupid little names for people aren't helpful either. Soon, Obama will be way gone and no amount of blaming him will work. Hillary too because she has been retired forever. If you voted for Trump, you will need to defend just Trump.
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The point is that the testimony of one independent witness to Ms. Sedgwick's behavior (other than Sedgwick herself) is insufficient to establish exactly what happened -- or the appropriateness of her tone and words in the exchange. Having some familiarity with her demenanor and goals as they appeared in various public forums before the election, I find it unlikely that she "screamed" during the exchange. I also find it unlikely that her point, if she did make reference to her elected position, was that she was a "big shot" deserving of universal deference, which some commenters in this stream seem to assume.
In any case, interviewing additional witnesses would be necessary to establish exactly what happened, and that was not done. If Nintzel were concerned about fairness, he would be more cautious. He gives the impression here that he is about as concerned about fairness as Safier was in reporting about the IEC "TUSD Kids First" before the election, i.e. not concerned in the least. The intent in both cases seems to be disparagement and mudslinging, not unbiased and cautious reporting of issues of real import in understanding local governance.
This form of "reporting" is beneath contempt.
What Again. Well put. I love it.
ALL children, regardless of citizen status, deserve the best education possible, and they get it.
Check the number of children and young adults that cross the border daily to attend American schools.
Another cheap shot by Safier to attack a man that's not even the President yet.
He could have reported this story with the facts, but he chose to inject his personal bias against someone into an "opinion" piece.
A retired teacher he may be, but, a reporter he's not.
Mister "is this a gossip column" and Mark Stageman, did you miss the part where sedgewick said that she mentioned her position so that the manager would know she had a large facebook following? Clearly both parties involved were interviewed.
Frances Perkins - your evil/devil comment is appreciated. Because it is so easy to batter down than it is to make better. Solutions require effort and thought. Despite occasional issues my family has had good results from TUSD. But for the knee-jerks there is never mention of goodness or decency or great kids or effective programs or dedicated professionals. Just people on the outside spewing toxic, obnoxious Twitter-type political insults.
Magnet schools were supposed to have been given top priority in hiring teachers, not just because it was the right thing to do given the number of vacancies that schools have had, but also because TUSD stipulated to this in last years magnet stipulation. Instead, many of us who work at central administration or at schools as administrators have continued to see the Districts HR Chief continuously fill positions at east side schools, long before the magnet schools even got a glimpse of a teacher applicant. The services that are provided by the HR Chief, Anna Maiden, and her crew are lop-sided and it is very intentional. The pattern is obvious to many of us and it leaves us with one- and only one- reason for the lop-sided attention that is given to schools which preside in wealthier neighborhoods than schools such as Utterback and Ochoa; institutionalized racism. It is not a nice word. Everyone hates it. But TUSDs policies and practices remain to be permeated with bias.
Everyone seems to make comment about the student demographics which have changed since the onset of the desegregation court order. However, what is not mentioned is that TUSD, as an institution has not changed all that much. More than sixty percent of teachers are non-minority and recruitment efforts to hire teachers of color is pathetic. Less experienced teachers are systematically placed at west side and south side schools. West side and south side schools have the largest number of substitutes. Many of the substitutes are NOT certified as teachers. Additionally, good teachers (white and non-white) are leaving TUSD very rapidly. TUSD is one of Tucsons largest employers, yet their HR Chief has no knowledge of the turn-over rate. Yet, it is clear via separation documents that teachers are leaving at a very high rate.
Of course, it does not help to have white superiority thinkers such as "Postimpressionist"
blatantly state that the darker the US gets, the stupider it becomes. Arizona is ranked almost at the bottom of states in its support of public education. We are where Mississippi used to be years ago. The US, and especially states like Arizona, are not investing in public education. Our public school infrastructure is aging with little maintenance and repair invested into our school buildings. With little respect for the profession, many teachers are leaving to more lucrative careers. Kids arent losing IQ points; they are being deprived of a quality education. TUSD needs drastic reform and Tucson needs to call out folks such as Postimpressionist on their racism.
The community gets what it demands. We all need to demand more from TUSD. ALL of us!
The author's use of "Terror" in regards to a legally elected President is disgraceful and demeaning to all that have fought the "War On Terror."
Please change the words you are using to try to make your point. Not withstanding the fact that these teachers don't own these illegal immigrants. It is odd they would not first act to protect the citizen students from law breakers.
But that seems to be your vision of America.
MaryE2 The flaw in your thinking is that a group of armed citizens would even NEED to fire at him. Amazing how well people behave when there are immediate consequences.
21,000 of those mentioned per year are Suicides by people who take their own lives. That reduces the number to 12,000 and just think if you removed Chicago from that equation it would be another minus 762. I really liked Gabby voted for her 2 times but not after Pelosi and Wasserman-Schultz corrupted her. Facts can be easily distorted.
It will be much better for the educators to look for a job outside Tucson because once the flood of illegals is shutoff at the border there's going to be a lot of empty seats in the Grijalva Chicano Indoctrination Center known as TUSD.
Not a Trump fan, but very tired of hearing terms like "regime of terror" used in connections with what we can expect his administration to be.
Do the people who throw phrases like this around know what the "reign of terror" was? And how unworthy of respect they make themselves when they connect phrases like this with what is happening in our country right now? Hysteria and exaggeration will not solve the problems, which need to be calmly identified and accurately named.
Plutocracy? Yes. Oligarchy? Yes.
"Regime of Terror?" No.
Taking a picture of yourself with a sign and posting it on social media.
Much easier than tracking what is going on with application of desegregation funds and quality service delivery in the Tucson schools that serve vulnerable families.
Which action would help immigrants more? Draw your own conclusions.
Fact Checker 13: Thanks, interesting information.
Seems like the problem we are still trying to address in this district is the lack of uniformity in quality of services from one school to the next.
When you have some schools where fully qualified, experienced teachers line up to fill positions (UHS, Fruchthendler, etc.) and other schools where classrooms are filled with rotating casts of long-term subs with no teaching credentials, and when the racial make-up of the schools with higher quality services is more white and the racial make-up of schools with poorly qualified staff and poor service delivery is more Hispanic / African American, how can the district expect to achieve "Unitary Status," which I believe has something to do with delivering good services in a uniform manner throughout the district's schools, to schools enrolling primarily Hispanic and African-American students as well as to schools enrolling higher percentages of white students?
Can anyone answer this question: Why have some of the more than $60 million a year in desegregation funds the district receives not been used to attach permanent, renewable stipends to hard-to-fill teaching positions in magnet schools? Why have the stipends not been raised to the point where the positions are actually filled? Why have funds allocated for a "family liaison" position and to provide teachers with behavior management training at schools like Utterback not actually been used for those purposes? These are the kind of use of the funds (higher teacher salaries, more support for teachers) that will eliminate some of the problems with "vestiges of discrimination" and improve services to students in schools with high Hispanic and African-American enrollment.
What will NOT help eliminate the "vestiges of discrimination"? Paying Sanchez $500K a year. Giving $10K bonuses to his low functioning central administrative cabinet. Adding an expensive "daycare" program to a K-12 public district that struggles to make its funds stretch to deliver quality services in K-12. Paying for expensive single-occupancy hotel rooms (against district policy, which requires double occupancy) for Board members and Superintendent traveling to out of town conferences on the district's dime.
In matters large and small, from top to bottom, this district's priorities in the allocation of funds have been extremely distorted and counter-productive for the past four years and it desperately needs to correct its course.
David Safier has been and continues to be an irresponsible apologist for poor management. He is living in a fantasy land that has NOTHING to do with the realities of what has been going on in the Board Room at Duffy or in the administrative offices at 1010. His politically motivated, corrupt commentary is damaging schools serving almost 50,000 students and it is damaging the community where many of us (unlike Safier) are trying to raise and educate our children.
GCB1 -- thanks for the back story on the creation of Holladay magnet. Very interesting, and your story highlights just how damaging the district's current inability to recruit fully qualified teaching faculty for magnets (or former magnets) like Utterback is. In a context where the kind of planning and evaluation you describe was done by the faculty and not by central administrators, how can these programs function without proactive, professional teachers like those you describe?
NB, Holladay is still a magnet.
It was one of the schools on the list for possible loss of magnet status in 2015, as reported by the AZ Star in a side bar on this article...
"Magnet schools at risk The following schools failed to meet integration or academic achievement requirements for magnet schools: Bonillas, Borton, Holladay, Ochoa, and Robison elementary schools; Booth-Fickett and Safford K-8 schools, Mansfeld and Utterback middle schools; Cholla and Pueblo high schools
...but it was not one of the six schools that just lost its magnet status:
"The schools losing their status are: Ochoa Elementary, Robison Elementary, Safford K-6, Utterback 6-7, and Cholla and Pueblo high schools."
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