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Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

KRISTEL FOSTER RETURNS CAMPAIGN DONATION

Sept. 13, 2016 --- TUSD Board Member Kristel Ann Foster is returning a campaign contribution from a donor after learning that the donor is married to an employee of a company that contracts with TUSD.

“When I received this contribution, I was not aware that the donor is married to an individual who works for a company that does business with TUSD. Now that this issue has been brought to my attention, I am returning this individual’s donation.”

“It is the right thing to do,” Foster said. “As a public servant who volunteers my time as a TUSD board member serving children and improving education in our community, I am grateful that this issue has been brought to my attention so I can address it appropriately. Openness, transparency and honesty are values that I hold dear.”

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Posted by Kristel Foster on 09/24/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

Shouldn't there be a disclosure from Mr. Safier, at least at the bottom of these types of articles, that he is a donor to Kristel Foster... Since the Tucson Weekly is all about financial disclosures.

Still waiting for the TW to cover the $10K Kristel and Cam got from the VP of ESI who just got a $21 million a few weeks before thanks to Kristel & Cam...

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Posted by Three Sonorans on 09/24/2016 at 11:48 AM

Re: “CM Punk and the UFC: Dishonorable and Disrespectful

What's going on with the grammar here? Is this a professional publication? I'm genuinely confused.

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Posted by Chubhench on 09/24/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

South Tucson Primero you are absolutely correct about Hicks and Stegeman. They make a lot of noise but essentially do nothing to turn TUSD around. They are, infact, a a part of the majority Board ; albeit the "Silent Majority!!! Stegeman should be voted off the Board; Hicks recalled!! TUSD needs to reconstitute the ENTIRE!!! Membership of the Board!!

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 09/24/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

I am not interested in participating in politics, other than voting for whom I consider to be the best candidates for our community. However, I and other people in the City of South Tucson were involved in keeping Pasadera Behavioral Health from putting a 70-person drug and mental residential facility across the street from Mission View School. We believe that kids in our community have enough obstacles to overcome as it is, without putting one more across the street from their school.
At this time, we found out that Paul Diaz, then Mayor of our City of South Tucson, and Luis Gonzales, then our City Manager had been having talks with Pasadera and, illegally, gave a green light to Pasadera’s project. We were forced to recall the Mayor and the City Manager left on his own alleging health concerns (both are currently running for PCC Board positions).
We asked both Mr. Stegeman and Mr. Hicks for help in keeping Pasadera away from Mission View. Both agreed that this drug rehab across the street from a school was bad for the kids and promised to get back to us. That was two years ago, we have not heard from them yet.
Stegeman alleges he a pro student safety. When he had a chance to show that he was in fact for student safety, he ignored our community. Is it that our community is poverty stricken with the median household income of around $20,000 (twenty thousand dollars) and that over 90% of us are of Hispanic descent? That would be discrimination, maybe he does not care for anybody.
Stegeman is currently asking for votes in our community, but most of us are giving him the gesture (obscene) that Little Red Riding Hood made when picking up her basket.
We believe that TUSD can provide a way for our community to better itself. We need to work on the fact that over 40% of our young people, between 18 and 28, do not have high school diplomas. By the time our kids get to high school, they feel like they are put in a track racing against kids from other parts of Tucson, other schools, and they suddenly realize the other runners are one or two laps ahead of them, so they quit.
We want persons who will help instead of ignore our needy communities and our group does not believe Stegeman or Hicks are the persons to do this. Do not vote for Stegeman.

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Posted by South Tucson Primero on 09/24/2016 at 10:43 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

I would really appreciate seeing a factual and comprehensive graphic listing ALL of the district's moves, decisions, actions, successes and failures since the current board and superintendent took office. It should be compiled by an objective party with solid facts to back each action listed. The board reelection issue demands clarity and objectivity, something voters are unable to discern with currently published information. Please advise when this becomes available.

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Re: “ART's 'Epic' Fail

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Posted by Brooklyngray05 on 09/24/2016 at 8:50 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

The Board does need to change. Diversity of ideas is a good thing. HT, Cam, Kristel, and Adelita only seem to have one collective idea among them, and somehow it always seems to benefit HT.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/24/2016 at 7:22 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

You should be ashamed David. TKF is a good organization, trying to fix the disastrous board majority. Teachers supporting Foster and Juarez better rethink what they are doing. ESI started out taking over 200 substitute teachers, now there are more than 1400 ESI employees all voted for by Foster and Juarez. Wise up teachers your jobs are on the line. Foster and Juarez should be removed from the ballot for their illegal activities in this campaign. I hope that the complaints filed against them lands them in jail. I have evidence against TUSD that involves this board majority and the criminal activity committed against all current and former employees and taxpayers. TUSD is in big trouble , and if Sanchez, Juarez, Foster and Grijalva are smart they would cut and run.

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Posted by Brian Sauber on 09/23/2016 at 11:48 PM

Re: “Pride 2016

In Abby's section about the County and a health plan, "adult" should be adopt.
💟 jsn

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Posted by TucsonPozRunner on 09/23/2016 at 11:29 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

Andrea Rickard's post reminds me of TUSD teacher and TEA president Jason Freed crying as he pitched for 123 in one of the meetings held locally in the months before the vote on the proposition occurred. Unfortunately for Foster and Juarez, tug-at-the-heartstrings-messages-from-teachers and "5 computers on wheels" and a collection of "rich multicultural books" do not cancel out $3 million in desegregation funds given back to taxpayers in a starved and still inequitable school district. They do not cancel out $10K bonuses given to numerous central administrators. They do not cancel out an almost-$500K self-created compensation package for a young, bungling superintendent, who is too stupid not to get caught:
--charging the district for $500-per-night hotel suites when he travels to ASBA conferences
--awarding contracts to consulting firms co-owned by someone who wrote one of his job recommendations for the TUSD superintendency
--saying he had not met Adelita Grijalva's mother-in-law before the Board voted to give her a principalship without disclosing the relationship (he had met her)
--coming up with ridiculous excuses for not using all the 123 monies for teacher salary improvements
--hoarding 301 monies instead of awarding them in teacher bonuses
--outsourcing subs and undermining their ability to qualify for benefits

Etc., etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

Why do the signs say, "change the board"? Teachers' opinions vary, and I'd venture to guess that more TUSD teachers disagree with the opinions expressed by Ms. Rickard than agree. Huge numbers of teachers have let the district under this board majority -- the teacher attrition rates during the last three years are unprecedented. When I got my teaching credentials a number of years ago, all the full time teaching positions in TUSD filled well before the school year started. Almost two months into this school year, last I heard there were 150 unfilled full-time teacher positions in the district, and most of the teachers I know wouldn't touch them with a ten-foot pole.

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Posted by Teachers' opinions vary. on 09/23/2016 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Song of the Day: 'The Jones' by John D. Loudermilk

You are a great writer and the 'Song of the Day' is as pleasurable a read as it is elucidating. Thank you

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Posted by HumanBean on 09/23/2016 at 8:30 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

I don't know who the other posters here are because they are far from transparent. I'm a teacher, 3rd grade. I am spending every spare minute and dollar I have to support Kristel Foster and Cam Juarez because they support my students. My kids don't have internet at home, but my school now has 5 Computers On Wheels, filled with laptops that allow them the same access that we all take for granted. They also have rich libraries of multicultural books that arrived two summers ago. They read these books and see themselves, wherever they're from. I support this board and its "3-person board majority" that the previous poster opposes. Please remember, I am a teacher. Please.

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Posted by Andrea Rickard on 09/23/2016 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Get In The Mood For Pride With Your New Favorite Coming Out Song

Hey, where's "Homosapien" by Pete Shelley?

Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 09/23/2016 at 7:45 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

David, you're a progressive, right? So together with "TKF IS FUNDED BY RICH BUSINESS INTERESTS!!!" You might want to mention "FOSTER AND JUAREZ TOOK DONATIONS FROM AN EXECUTIVE AT THE FOR-PROFIT COMPANY TO WHICH THEY VOTED TO OUTSOURCE SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS!!!"

And, while you're at it, you might mention that these so-called progressive politicians, Foster and Juarez, formed part of the 3-person board majority in TUSD while the Superintendent whose every decision they love to rubber stamp picked fights with the deseg authority, massively increased the legal fees in fighting the deseg order, gave over $3 million in deseg funds back to taxpayers in a sadly underfunded district, agreed with AZ legislators that it would be reasonable to phase down deseg funds after Unitary Status is achieved, reduced magnet school budgets while trying to convince constituents that the deseg authority was at fault for the cuts (a lie), gave a $10K personal donation to UHS, gave band uniforms to UHS before other sites in the district, got a massively increased compensation package for himself passed by his loyal 3 stooges, awarded $10K bonuses to central administrators...the list goes ON and ON and ON, and it is ugly.

But you keep looking the other way. You look at who is funding TKF, you look at charter schools, you look at the AZ State legislature. Admit it: it's too depressing to look at the CRAP that passes for progressivism in TUSD, isn't it?

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Posted by Appropriate subjects for a PROGRESSIVE blog are... on 09/23/2016 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

David, are you being paid by the Teacher's Unions? Are you a consultant to TUSD? Just curious.

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Posted by Michael Foudy on 09/23/2016 at 6:49 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

Well, David, some of us whose kids have been on the receiving end of the extremely poor decisions made CONSTANTLY during the past three years by the 3-2 board TKF complains of don't think "Change the Board!" signs all over town are a bad thing.

The thing many of us DON'T like is Stegeman's name appearing together with Rustand's and Putnam-Hidalgo's. Rustand and Putnam-Hidalgo have no intention of running in a slate with any of the other candidates in the same way that Foster and Juarez are running in a slate. Rustand and Putnam-Hidalgo should both be considered independently and on their own merits, which are considerable.

Stegeman's reputation is poor because of his past actions in the MAS debacle. If he had the best interests of the district at heart he would recognize that he has been, and continues to be, a disastrously divisive presence on the Board, and he would step aside. But that's not his style, and unfortunately some people in the business community like him and are tarnishing an effort that might otherwise have been constructive by including his name on a roster with other, more worthy candidates.

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Posted by Change the Board? Yes. Stegeman? No. on 09/23/2016 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

"Any student with parental support can get a great education in any public school."

Wow. You really believe that? In ANY public school?

You are misinformed.

Try this:
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/562/the-problem-we-all-live-with?act=1
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/562/the-problem-we-all-live-with?act=2

And this:
https://www.amazon.com/Prize-Whos-Charge-Americas-Schools/dp/0544810902/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1474677851&sr=8-2&keywords=the+prize

Any student with parental support can get a great education in the Normandy district in Missouri? In Newark? Then why are so many concerned, deeply invested parents moving their children out of these districts, and out of the school sites on the west side of TUSD, where the classrooms are staffed with a rotating cast of outsourced subs, not permanent teachers?

I'm tired of hearing that TUSD is an anomaly. It is NOT an anomaly. What happens in TUSD is typical of what happens in any number of poor urban districts. The Democratic party wants to look the other way because some of their machine politicians are still benefiting from awarding contracts in some of these settings. It's an ugly, sad fact about certain groups within a party that is supposed to be a champion of the poor and working class, but in some settings ends up exploiting and underserving the very populations they purport to want to help.

Public district supporters in Arizona love to talk about the inequity of the charter system. What about the inequity of TUSD vs. Catalina Foothills or Tanque Verde? Or the inequity of UHS vs. some of TUSD's other high schools? Wake up and smell the coffee. This is what happens in the real world: THE PUBLIC DISTRICT SYSTEM DOES NOT CREATE EQUITY any better than the charter system does. And IT IS NOT TRUE THAT THE ONLY PROBLEMS WITH DISPARATE ACHIEVEMENT HAVE TO DO WITH THE SES OF THE PARENTS. A good part of the reason that test scores are higher in Districts 16 and 13 than in District 1 is that those schools have constituencies that are entitled enough to be vigilant and hold the people running these districts to a high standard. Administrators in those districts would be fired, governing board member would be recalled if they tried to pull any of the BS you see constantly in TUSD. So who defends the rights of poor families in districts like TUSD that can't hold administrators' feet to the fire, when necessary? The Democratic party? What a laugh. Look at all the Democratic party grandees lining up behind Foster and Juarez, who were just caught accepting $5K campaign contributions from an executive at the company that manages the substitute teachers whose labor they voted to outsource.

But keep running down charter schools and inhabiting a fantasy land in which "any student with parental support can get a great (!) education in ANY public school. ANYone who is not drinking the Koolaid you imbibe knows it's not true.

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Posted by Try for ACCURACY, for once. on 09/23/2016 at 6:11 PM

Re: “McCain and Kirkpatrick Split on AZ Min Wage Prop

Hey, I think John McCain may be on to something there with that automation comment.

How about replacing all the federal representatives with robots that are programed to actually vote in accordance with the wishes of the people they represent. The robots will not “require” two residences, one in their home state and one in Washington D.C.; they won’t get a full pension and medical benefits for the rest of their life for serving less time than it takes for a U.S. armed forces member to retire with full benefits; and they can’t be bought by special interests and dark money.

Of course, we’ll have to work out that “shall we play a game” issue and program them to leave Sarah Conner alone, but it’s a start.

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Posted by sgsmith on 09/23/2016 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

People should never judge other school districts against TUSD. TUSD is an anomoly, and quite a negative example to be sure. After all the blah, blah, blah, where are all these fabulous charters that have erased the achievement gap, supposedly the reason for their existence? Any student with parental support can get a great education in any public school.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/23/2016 at 4:40 PM

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