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Re: “Be a Voter! (Then Vote)

I think I would have liked to have you as a teacher....

Posted by Bill Scheel on 10/25/2016 at 9:07 AM

Re: “There's a New I.E. in the TUSD Board Race

"Stop Stegeman Now"?

Really? That's all they've got in the way of messaging?

Anyone who has been watching the district for the last three years might have been inspired to blanket Tucson roadways with signs saying "Stop Sanchez Now," but then they wouldn't be supporters of Foster and Juarez, who, instead of holding Sanchez accountable, have excused every lie and every botched administrative decision. The decision to receive the ESI donations, by the way, is the end of a long string of bad decisions which started, when Sanchez first arrived in town, with Foster, Juarez, et al. backing his "reduce class sizes" initiative, which was accomplished in part by redistributing Title 1 monies intended to help poor students, but ended up in effect reducing class sizes in high-SES schools but creating hard-to-fill positions in low-SES schools on the South and West sides. Then there was the outsourcing of the management of the subs who, by-in-large, manned the classrooms which were lacking full time qualified teachers in the low-SES schools. This saved the district a lot of money by undermining the subs' benefits and in some cases reducing their wages. The outsourcing company benefited by being able to take a chunk of subs' pay, and a marketing exec at the company rewarded the Board members who recently voted to grant them a $21 million contract (Foster & Juarez) by donating to their desperate campaigns to win RE-election. (Why were they desperate? Because by the time the 2016 elections rolled around, the community was up in arms about their total inability to say NO to the district's ongoing disastrous mismanagement, which included, astoundingly, the mismanaged-in-chief persuading Foster, Juarez, et al. to make him the highest paid Superintendent in Arizona in return for his willingness to continue damaging a district that mis-educates and underserves 40-something-thousand of our students every year.)

But keep weighing in on their side, David. They say they are "progressive," which in Tucson apparently means nothing more than that they are willing to take direction from the Grijalvas. It obviously doesn't mean what it might be understood to mean in cities that aren't in the grip of this kind of institutionalized malfeasance: ability to make decisions in office that actually protect the wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of our community.

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Posted by "Stop Sanchez Now" would be better. on 10/25/2016 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

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Posted by markdnapier on 10/25/2016 at 6:38 AM

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