" a room filled with a mixture of community members, staff members who were there as part of their job, reporters and curious onlookers,"
Well for goodness sakes, who was missing?
Parents of school children affected.
But they now can identify the supporters.
Gee, David, you really are a little slow on the uptake. This issue of why support for Grijalva and her hand-picked administrative servant is so loud and public and why opposition takes place anonymously has been addressed many, many times in this comment stream. Here's one comment among many that explains it:
"People who support those currently in power in the district, like Andrea Rickard, have no reason not to post under their own names, and may in fact be earning brownie points with leadership for doing so. This is power politics 101 (actually, remedial power politics -- any grade schooler who chooses not to "dis" his teacher to her face gets it). So why is this hard for you to understand?"
Several people I know received requests from a few different directions to speak in the Call and write to the Board. Some received these requests to speak in support of Sanchez. Some received requests to speak in opposition to Sanchez. I've talked to representatives of both sides, so let me brief you on how the thought process goes:
Case A: I've received a request to speak in support of Sanchez. Perhaps I don't like him, but at this point I don't know whether or not he will continue to occupy the powerful position he occupies. Do I go to speak in support of him, no matter how ambivalent my feelings about his leadership may be? If I have a child enrolled in these schools and / or if I represent people who hope to continue getting contracts with the district and / or if I am an employee or am related to an employee, you bet I go. Not to obey the summons would be dangerous to my interests.
Case B: I've received a request to speak in support of firing Sanchez. Perhaps I am passionately in support of giving him his marching orders and securing more competent leadership for this troubled district, but at this point I don't know whether or not he will continue to occupy the powerful position he occupies. Do I go to speak in support of firing him? Though you do seem pretty dim sometimes, David, I think you can probably see where this is going: If I have a child enrolled in these schools and / or if I represent people who hope to continue getting contracts...etc. Do I go to speak in support of firing him? No way. To agree to do so is potentially dangerous to my interests or the interests of my loved ones. Multiply the potential dangers of blowback within TUSD to include potential blowback within various other city agencies where members of the same network hold office: there are contractors who've said they fear running into difficulties getting permits for work they need to do if they publicly oppose some of TUSD's entrenched politicians.
Do you get it now?
FYI, what they decided in the meeting was to proceed with external counsel. When Stegeman responded in the comment stream on the Star's article on the same Board meeting you are writing about here, he wrote, "You are right, but this is a personnel process. Personnel processes are generally not public processes. Things usually become clearer at the end."
Perhaps I'm reading the tea leaves wrong, David, but I believe this all means they are in the process of trying to fire Sanchez with cause. If that happens, after it happens, you may see a very different Call to the Audience than you saw last night. And then again you may not. Why would anyone take the trouble to attend and speak in one of those egregious meetings when what they believed was best for the district has already been accomplished? Perhaps it would be better to just send Mark Stegeman a personal thank you note, if he succeeds in doing what he seems to be trying to do: something that is without doubt the best possible thing to do to help this troubled district.
Bullying is very effective especially when the bully signs the paychecks and his sponsor(s) is the most powerful politician in Pima County.
Grijalva was able to instigate a boycott against his own state, his own people. Just think what he could have inflicted on TUSD employees that stand against him and his daughter.
Here is the problem with your metaphor/analogy. You are the conveyor of toxic baths. The district school system with the classical classroom is a dead end for children of color and poverty. It just doesn't work for them.
What are you going to do for penance a decade from now when they discover that these students are not only capable of moving three times as fast academically but systems can be organized to do it. When you discover that it was you who was letting the sharks eat the kids. That it was you who was exposing the kids to Escherichia coli.
You are on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of ethics, the wrong side of morality. The wrong side of your analogy.
Give it up.
Here is your problem: you are the conveyor of toxic baths. The district school with the classical classroom is a dead end for students from poverty and students of color. Yet, you insist that everything is ok and keep writing testaments about the greatness of district education.
David, what are you going to do for penance when, a decade from now, they discover that the average student of color and poverty can move 300% faster academically than the current district school is moving them? When you discover that it was you who let the sharks eat the kids? When it was you who exposed them to escherichia coli?
Mr. Trump, I my view, is NOT fit to service in the Office of President of the United States. He is Mentally Unstable and has undermined the very nature of our Constitutional Democracy with Three Co-Equal Branches of Government, as well as our Independent and Free Press. His statements regarding His Russian Mentor and "Friendship" with the Thug Putin threatens the National Security of our Country.
It remains to be determined the nature of the contacts He and his Minions have had with Russia before, during, and after the Presidential Election. His statements during the Election encouraging Russia to hack Servers of the DNC and Mrs. Clinton are sufficient, in my view, in making him Complicit in undermining the validity of this Election and are sufficient Grounds for His Impeachment. This, of course, is a decision that Congress will make when these Congressional Investigations are Complete.
All Partisanship Must be put aside in the evaluation of the evidence and in determining if Donald Trump should be removed for Office.
The history of the leftists that now control the main stream media and the democrat party, most especially in Tucson;
Mass killings under Communist regimes
If you don't like either Steller nor Safier's writing, don't read them or start your own newspaper. It's still a semi free country, although with Trump you never know if Putin's methods of suppressing dissent will be used. Charging critical newspapers with corruption, or sodomy, fraud or insulting the King, or having no license, are all methods autocrats including Putin have used.
My solution is send all the Corrupt Republicans to Mexico, then build the wall.
Resist Irrationality and Hypocrisy: I am a Republican and I have joined the Resistance. It is not a Democrat issue, it is a Democracy issue. This Trump is flaming nuts, everyone hates him in this Country and all over the world.
Just checked the Star's website and here's Steller's Feb. 16 column (implies opinion):
"To be clear, it isnt that the board shouldnt consider firing the superintendent I tend to favor replacing him but Sedgwicks Monday demand that it be put on the agenda Tuesday was a precipitous move that reminded me of the Highwire incident."
I VOTED FOR MCSALLY, AND ATTENDED HER CONFERENCE CALL. IT WAS A TALKING POINT CAMPAIGN SPEECH. IT WAS RIDICULOUS, I JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHY DON'T THEY USE DRONES, SINCE YOU CAN GET A LADDER TO CLIMB OVER THE WALL, AND CAN TUNNEL UNDER. IT SOUNDS KIND OF RIDICULOUS TO ME TO BUILD THIS WALL. I WANTED TO ASK, WHY DID SHE DEFUND BOARDER SECURITY FOR THE 2017 YEAR, LEAVING 300 LESS AGENTS. TO TELL THE TRUTH, I DON'T HAVE TIME TO PLAY HER GAME. I AM NOT VERY HAPPY SHE HELPED MAKE THE INSIDER TRADING RULE IN THE HOUSE SO SHE CAN DO INSIDER TRADING. SHE IS CORRUPT.
RAT T. PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH THE WAGES THEY MAKE. YOU HAVE LOST YOUR MIND.
JUST TO BE CLEAR, I AM JUST A VOTER IN ARIZONA, NOT SWAYED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. I DO BELIEVE THAT THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA SHOULD HAVE A VOICE. HAS SOME PEOPLE LOST THEIR MINDS, WHO WOULD NOT WANT A VOICE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUGGESTION, WHERE DO I SIGN UP. I THINK WE HAVE PUT TOO MANY REPUBLICANS IN POWER, THEY ARE BECOMING RIDICULOUS. I WROTE MR. LEACH VIA E-MAIL, DID NOTHING BUT VOICED MY OPINION. HE CALL THE SHERIFF, DETECTIVES CAME OUT, I ASKED THEM TO SIGN MY PETITION TO GET LEACH OUT OF OFFICE. SAID THEY WERE INTERESTED, BUT COULD NOT BECAUSE THEY WERE ON DUTY. THIS AUTHORITARIAN ACTION OF MR. LEACH, WILL HURT OUR SCHOOLS, OUR ROADS, OUR FIRE FIGHTERS, OUR POLICEMAN FROM GETTING WHAT THEY NEED. THIS IS REAL FOLKS, YOU WILL NOT HAVE A VOICE IN ANYTHING!!!!
FOR THE FOOLS THAT VOTED FOR TRUMP, MOST OF HIS CABINET MEMBERS ARE FROM WALL STREET. GET READY FOR ANOTHER RECESSION, HOPEFULLY NOT A DEPRESSION. THE STOCKS ARE BLOATED, AND THE WIND IS GOING TO DEFLATE THE BALLOON. I DO NOT SUGGEST ANYONE BUY STOCK, ESPECIALLY WHEN A LAW WAS MADE THAT YOUR STOCK ADVISOR IS NO LONGER ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS ACTIONS. LOL IF YOU DO INVEST, CALL MCSALLY, SHE COULD GIVE YOU SOME INSIDER TRADING STOCK TIPS.
I TOO AM CONCERNED WITH GETTING FACTUAL INFORMATION. THE PRESS IS WANTED AND OUR CONSTITUTION PROTECTS THOSE RIGHTS. IT IS SO UNAMERICAN THAT THOSE THAT BLOW IT OFF, THEY ARE GIVING THOSE RIGHTS AWAY. THERE ARE THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR THOSE FREEDOMS, AND A PRESS TO HOLD OUR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE. I DID WATCH THE CABINETT HEARINGS, I FOUND THAT REPRESENTATIVE PRICE (R) IS A CROOK. HE TOOK PRIVATE STOCK AT A LOWER PRICE FROM A COMPANY, ONLY HE COULD ACCEPT, AND BOUGHT MORE STOCK, THEN PASSED LEGISLATION FOR THE COMPANY THAT GAVE HIM STOCK. I ALSO FOUND OUT, THAT IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT THEY MADE A RULE TO DO INSIDER TRADING. WE ARE SCREWED FOLKS. WE HAVE THE BIGGEST SCAM ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SO, BLOW OFF THE PRESS, NEWS, AND GO TO THE RUSSIAN NEWS NETWORK. THROW AWAY YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. WE NEED TO HOLD OUR POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE. START WITH MCSALLY, I WAS ON A CONFERENCE CALL WITH HER AND SHE LIED OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THE CONFERENCE CALL WAS A JOKE.
Tucson would be better off if Safier would take his dishonest commentary (together with the inherited wealth he married) and move back to Portland.
This town doesn't need more politically motivated lies and it doesn't need more money fed into its corrupt political networks.
His whole sad, shabby, mendacious act -- from writing in a way that gives the impression he was a run-of-the-mill teacher living from paycheck to paycheck during his working years to feigning outrage at the sort of "lying" he so easily excuses when it comes out of a Sanchez or a Grijalva mouth -- is beneath contempt.
There are a lot of people locally, David -- more every day, as your transparent BS shows itself for what it is even to those not so quick on the uptake -- who know exactly what you're peddling and give it the credence it deserves: NONE. That's the reputation you've earned for yourself among people who know what HONESTY is.
If there are indeed "benevolent powers watching over us," perhaps you should expect the reward described in the story of the rich man who, during his lifetime, ignored the beggar Lazarus outside his gate, just as you ignored every call for you to use your platform here to produce HONEST commentary:
"22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side.[a] The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us. 27 And he said, Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house 28 for I have five brothersso that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 But Abraham said, They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent. 31 He said to him, If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.
The main stream media needs to get their heads out of there asses and go back to when they reported the news with facts not opinions. Its not the Medias place to be ether far left or far right nor indorsing any candidate, but in the middle reporting both sides of the news and let the people decide whats right or wrong.
He wasn't complimenting you
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