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Re: “Demolition Begins On Former Downtown Performance Center/Mat Bevel Spaces

Malignus Youth gave a "small portion" of their reunion show's proceeds to Steve Eye.
Wow, I paid $25 for a ticket that clearly stated it was a "Benefit for Steve Eye".

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Posted by MollyHatchett on 08/25/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Did Arne Duncan Really Say, "Testing Is Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The Room"?

Misters Spanier, Chet, and Safier: You are mutually supportive in your condemnation of Standardized Testing, such as Common Core, as a measure of the effectiveness of Instructional Programs. Can I ask what Classroom Experience you all have? And, without Standardized Testing, what is (are) your objective measure (s) of a States/School Districts/Schools Academic Programs?

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 08/25/2014 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Schools, Society And Snake Oil Salesmen

David's piece is well written and strikes to the heart of what is being done today in pursuit of the huge pile of gold that underlies public education. My only concern is his predictable outrage with conservative proponents of school privatization, etc. I work in an organization that is engaged in building schools where No Child Is Held Back.

Dealing with a lot of snake oil salesmen (and a lot of sincere and hardworking folks) is part of my work and believe me, the only ideological thoughts in their minds revolve around how to milk the cow most efficiently - be they Democrats, Republicans, Progressives or simply as they describe themselves, businessmen. Follow the money, to Pearson or Arne Duncan and all in between.

Or simply sit down with a few teachers and ask for their opinions of how to improve schools. But hey, what would they know?

Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/25/2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Did Arne Duncan Really Say, "Testing Is Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The Room"?

Yeah Chet, it would make a difference, a huge difference. There are schools and organizations that subscribe to your vision (you are not alone).

Common Core, like its predecessor No Child Held Back, is conceptually DOA and will after a respectable period of time be buried and forgotten as another bad idea, poorly implemented. In the mean time, parents will continue to rise in rebellion - not just the political fruitcakes who see a conspiracy behind every curtain - moving their children out of public schools and into other available learning environments. The teaching profession will be damaged but not destroyed by another school reform movement foisted on them; teachers are great at offering lip service to the latest and greatest while continuing the struggle of educating their students as best they can given dwindling resources.

I wonder how much revenue would be freed for teachers and students if all the state and federal mandate compliance officers and mid level bureaucrats were eliminated. Enough ti buy every teacher classrooms supplies for a year? Let's form a study commission and issue a report.

Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/25/2014 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Demolition Begins On Former Downtown Performance Center/Mat Bevel Spaces

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsh6kl8oeX8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Posted by Bruce Gulick on 08/25/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Demolition Begins On Former Downtown Performance Center/Mat Bevel Spaces

A plague of earwigs on the scumbags that made this travesty happen.

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Posted by Bruce Gulick on 08/25/2014 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Buckmaster Show Callers Were A Wee Bit Upset With Me

My neighbor asked, who elects these people in the first place?
Did you vote in the last election?
Yes, I guess your candidates didn't win.

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Posted by hakeson on 08/25/2014 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Did Arne Duncan Really Say, "Testing Is Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The Room"?

Critical Thinking in TUSD??

I was in a Parent/Teacher Conference at a TUSD High School recently where I supported the Parent's decision to move his child, who was in my Math Honors Class, to another School District. The Principal "hit the ceiling"...called me into the Office...yelling at me said: "don't you know the meaning of don't bit the hand that feeds you" My reply: I will continue to represent what I feel are the best Academic Interests of my Students. This Principal issued me a Written Reprimand quoting the Section of TUSD Policy stating that all criticism of the District must go through an Administrator....NO OPEN CRITICISM!!!!

Critical Thinking in TUSD?? If you dare...you are History....LOL

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 08/25/2014 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Howard Salmon Left Us This Morning

Very sad to hear this. I always loved Howie and his whole family. My best wishes to all who were lucky enough to know him.

--Peter Huestis, Washington DC

Posted by Peteykins on 08/25/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Buckmaster Show Callers Were A Wee Bit Upset With Me

Yes Bob, here's a start on the issue of how to pay for past sins. Use the rainy day fund. Then call a special session and repeal the vouchers and tax credits for private schools that are sucking money out of the general fund into religious education. (And people accuse public schools of indoctrination? LMAO!) After that, raise the revenue that voters have demanded and that is the legislators' obligation. Finally, publicize the name of every legislator who voted for the cuts, vouchers and tax credits and make this an election issue. Other states have figured out how to fund public education at a much higher level than we do, so this cannot be rocket science.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 08/25/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Demolition Begins On Former Downtown Performance Center/Mat Bevel Spaces

Can they at least save the wall?

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Posted by Michael King on 08/25/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Did Arne Duncan Really Say, "Testing Is Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The Room"?

I wonder if it would make any difference if instead of being training schools for mostly dead-end jobs in the old paradigm, schools fostered critical thinking, independent thought and tailored the instruction to the needs and skills and desires of the INDIVIDUAL children who arrive at their doors instead of mashing them all into square holes for the profits of corporate America?

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Posted by ChetDude on 08/25/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Buckmaster Show Callers Were A Wee Bit Upset With Me

I am a 16-year veteran teacher still in my TUSD classroom, and like many of my colleagues am exploring other careers. Veteran teachers are especially encouraged to leave, as they might actually be too effective in inspiring students to think for themselves. The District owes many of us thousands of dollars, and simply does not pay. Our Superintendent got a raise on the promise of supporting teachers in our quest to force the legislature to follow the mandate voters wanted, but it has gotten nowhere. Many of us received letters that we are owed thousands of dollars in back pay, and most of us haven't received a penny. Recruiting new teachers from the bottom of the barrel to fit the compensation package seems to be the current zeitgeist.

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Posted by sabasabas on 08/25/2014 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Demolition Begins On Former Downtown Performance Center/Mat Bevel Spaces

said Cole. “TDOT is coordinating several efforts to stay on schedule and meet the expectations of the community and the RTA to complete the project. One of those efforts is to acquire and remove buildings that are in the path of corridor construction.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_State_Route_210

What the statement on that page does not make clear is that the local neighborhoods and CAC initially approved another alignment, 3.c in December 2006, that ran along existing 6th St and 6th Ave routes after being shown several alignment options that did not include the ultimately approved Alignment 3.d. After the CAC approval of alignment 3.c, the Southern Pacific railroad decided it wanted more room for a temporary track, known as a "shoofly", and the optional addition of a third set of rails.[6] The new alignment option 3.d was presented by Andrew Singelakis as item No. 6 "Review/Refinement of Sixth Street Alignments and Drainage" to the CAC on January 14, 2008, but no decision was requested.

The mayor and council approved the "thread the needle alignment" in 2007. That alignment received the Common Ground Award by the Metro Pima Alliance. It was rejected in January and replaced with a radically different plan.[9] All previous CAC before January 14, 2008 and all public meetings were only shown alignment options that did not include the ultimately approved Alignment 3.d. On March 11, 2008, city planners held what they called a "Character Workshop". At that meeting, they presented only the new 3.d alignment[10] to the public, declaring that there would be no "additional" public input because this was the only choice to be reviewed at that meeting. Many members of the public thought that this meant that the choice had already been made, which may have been the informal case. No other alignments were presented or public meetings about other alignments were announced until public protest threatened to halt the meeting. The meeting organizers refused to discuss any other alignment options, claiming the particular meeting was only about the amenities.

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Posted by guest on 08/25/2014 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Buckmaster Show Callers Were A Wee Bit Upset With Me

Are there not sufficient funds in the "rainy day budget" to cover this right now? What is the definition of a rainy day if not this?

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/25/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Buckmaster Show Callers Were A Wee Bit Upset With Me

Had someone been keeping their eye on the ball this wouldn't have happened in the first place. David has yet to outline how the 300 million is supposed to be paid for now.

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Posted by Yes Bob on 08/25/2014 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Did Arne Duncan Really Say, "Testing Is Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The Room"?

Hey Gallagher!!....READ Below PLEASE...and try to understand if that is at all possible!!!!!!!!!...and.....you are still BITTER about the loss of your candidate for the PCC Board.....LOL

Our System of Public Education at the Local Level is in CRISIS! We need to hold Local Systems accountable. Standardized Testing, like Common Core, will do exactly that.....we need to implement rigorous Academic and Behavioral Standards, otherwise the slid downhill will continue!!.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 08/25/2014 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Did Arne Duncan Really Say, "Testing Is Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The Room"?

Thanks David for your clarification that not only will teachers be held accountable (scapegoated) but schools and districts as well. We can look even further down the line (as Vermont this past week) and consider the necessary next steps when EVERY school and district is judged to be Failing (in this case on the basis of the NCLB testing). This brings us to the inevitable end game question of what next steps are to be taken when we finally recognize there are too few qualified State interventionists and too few proven interventions to attack a host of problems needing to be addressed locally.

I first wrote an article on educational accountability in 1974 arguing teachers alone cannot be held responsible for students failing to learn due to the same variables we see at play today, forty years later. When I wrote that piece, behaviorists and the behavioral objectives movement held sway. Today it's NCHB, RTT, Common Core, PARCC, etc.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. To understand this completely read Larry Cuban's Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice. Cuban is in my estimation the most knowledgeable writer/practitioner on school reform today.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/25/2014 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Did Arne Duncan Really Say, "Testing Is Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The Room"?

Francis Saitta's comments demonstrate why he is unfit to be a member of any school board whether it be college or K-12.

It is the people, not a test, that holds others accountable, unless you are an authoritarian.

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 08/25/2014 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Buckmaster Show Callers Were A Wee Bit Upset With Me

"Was that so wrong?"

No, David, you are correct. The Governor and the Legislature SHOULD be ashamed for defying the law, and for balancing the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable.

You ARE absolutely correct!

May you always keep your eye on the ball, and may you let the haters and distractors run off your back like water runs off a duck.
Remember, we are entitled to our efforts, but not to the outcome. The haters and distractors will most likely always be there. May your most positive efforts on behalf of public education continue.

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 08/25/2014 at 7:50 AM

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