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

Maggie is not an alleged teacher, D.A. Rickard. She's the real deal. I know, because
I'm her husband.

If you think that teachers in TUSD are a bunch of well-paid, happy campers, you are delusional.

How underpaid would you like to be for your job?

Posted by WILLIAM on 09/24/2016 at 10:27 PM

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

150 openings, D.a. Rickard, because the district is being mismanaged and the teaching community knows it. I hate to be "uncivil," but I will say this in response to your most recent comment: get a clue.

There's not a single other district in Southern Arizona that has this percent of its classroom positions unfilled at this point in the school year, and this didn't used to be the case in TUSD before the current cast of "leaders" started running the district into the ground.

You've taken your wife's part doggedly and persistently here, though IMHO you've shown a lot of ignorance and poor manners in doing so. Disparaging teachers who disagree with your wife politically does not have to be part of your defense of your wife's teaching competence, teaching competence which no one -- not a single commenter in the entire, long comment stream -- has called into question.

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Posted by Get a clue. on 09/24/2016 at 9:54 PM

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

So how did Kristel Foster and Cam Juarez both meet a Phoenix woman who gave each of them a $5,000 campaign contribution? And is it pure coincidence that this woman's husband is a VP with a company that holds a $21 million contract to manage the district's substitute teacher program? Hell no, it is not. Yet neither one of them have explained this pay-for-play deal. Corrupt. Corrupt. Corrupt.

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Posted by armory on 09/24/2016 at 9:36 PM

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

You're right! 150 openings because all the (anonymous) great teachers will be fired for not "playing ball." Thanks, Obama!

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Posted by D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 9:33 PM

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

In that there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 openings in the district for fully qualified teachers and far too many classrooms continue to be filled with long-suffering, underpaid subs managed by the for-profit company ESI, a fully qualified teacher would have to be pretty mouthy to get fired for PC/political reasons. Most teachers are too overworked and too pragmatic to track governing board business or to comment publicly about it under their own names. But for those who do track governing board business and object to the way the current board majority is running the district, it is smart and entirely justifiable for them to comment anonymously, when they comment. And it is mean-spirited of you to mock them when they do.

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Posted by A final anonymous comment for D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 9:20 PM

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

I thought I made it simple. I was responding to "maggie", an alleged teacher, who feared for her alleged job for not "playing for the home team." I know that all committed educators long for good teachers. I repeat that the good teacher "fired or forced out" due to PC/political reasons does not exist. But I'd love to be proved wrong.

Final Score will be Arizona 31-28

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Posted by D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 9:10 PM

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

David Safier: If you don't think the ethics of journalism apply to you, then shame on the Weekly for
giving you space. If you are actively supporting a candidate, it is your RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE FULL DISCLOSURE. This is not a complicated issue. What is it about conflict-of-interest that you don't get?

In my opinion, you should not be writing about these issues at all. I wince when I see your byline.

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Posted by Todd on 09/24/2016 at 9:10 PM

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

D.a. Rickard: You wrote, earlier in this comment stream, "I will gladly and humbly "eat my words" if I'm given actual evidence of ANY competent TUSD teacher "getting fired or forced out" for their principled refusal to "play on the home team.""

Seems that you are reneging on the previous deal you offered. Or do you feel that because the competent TUSD employee another commenter said got forced out was a community rep rather than a classroom teacher, that lets you off the hook?

No one has questioned your wife's excellence as a classroom teacher. But classroom teachers do not always follow the details of the district's governance. And it is what's happening in the district's governance, including the fact that the management of subs was outsourced and that two incumbent members of the board majority who recently voted to grant a $21 million contract to the company that manages outsourced subs recently received $5,000 campaign contributions from a Phoenix-based executive at the company to whom the contract was awarded, that is under discussion here.

If you and your wife haven't been following the complicated (and extremely depressing) business of the TUSD governing board, that is fine. You have no responsibility to do so, and you probably lead happier lives if you choose not to track the TUSD governing board's activities. But, if you haven't been tracking these activities, perhaps you should not weigh in repeatedly in discussions among commenters who have been following the business of the TUSD governing board, and perhaps you should not disparage commenters, including teachers in the district, who choose to remain anonymous. Just a thought.

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Posted by Yet another anonyous reply to D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 8:55 PM

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

that tantrum that corporations throw about replacing fast food workers with automations holds about as much weight as when reagan was paid to preach by the AMA that universal healthcare would lead to communism. there are many countries around the world where mcdonalds operates where their employees are making more than 12 dollars an hour and they have not been replaced with machines.

Posted by Palisades on 09/24/2016 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Get Your Pride On

i wish i was gay

Posted by Palisades on 09/24/2016 at 8:50 PM

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

Here is rule for Tucson voters. Anything Jim Click gives money to, vote the opposite. No amount of philanthropic acts can vacuum his conscience enough considering the right wing causes he massively supports with his cash,

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 09/24/2016 at 8:18 PM

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

Ms. Rickard: I am at a loss to understand what exactly, in the post to which you respond, you think to be "uncivil" or unfit to share with children. (Granted, children probably wouldn't understand the passages the commenter included about the district's audit committee, but what is objectionable about someone taking D.a. Rickard's question seriously and trying to provide solid, factual information about people who HAVE been "forced out" in this district? This IS civil discourse, and it seems to me that the commenter to whom you are responding ended on a very courteous note, granting that you may understand your classroom very well, but pointing out something that is eminently clear: you have shown in your posts that you are not aware of some of the most basic facts about what has gone on in the district's central administration. It is neither "uncivil" nor "disparaging" for other commenters to remark on this obvious fact.

Do you really think that in a district where the Superintendent (who will be taking home close to $500K in total compensation this year) bragged in his State of the District address in the spring of 2016 that he had given $3 million in deseg funds back to taxpayers
that whether your classroom has new computers or "rich libraries of multicultural books" is relevant?

With all due respect, we are talking about decisions involving millions of dollars that are being made at the governing board level, not about a few scraps tossed here and there to a shockingly underpaid teaching force. It's the decisions involving millions of dollars made at the governing board level that are relevant to which candidates should be supported for the governing board, not decisions involving a few thousand dollars about computers and multicultural books in some of the district's classrooms.

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Posted by Answering a question with factual info is not uncivil. on 09/24/2016 at 8:13 PM

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

So, one community rep didn't keep her position. That settles it. It's a progressive conspiracy! As President Obama said to Trump (commenting on his ruling on the Meat Loaf/Gary Busey controversy), "Well handled, sir!" My point is simple. My wife, Andrea Rickard, is an amazing teacher. Many teachers are not. Any teacher (or person) that believes that smart, effective teachers are "getting fired or forced out" of their job is either: a) not a teacher, b) a very poor teacher, c) lying, d) delusional, or e) some combination of the above.

But, on the bright (and factual) side, the Cats are winning.

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Posted by D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 8:04 PM

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

To the previous poster: I again appeal to you and others for a civil discourse that we'd be proud to share with our children and in our classrooms. Let's stop making disparaging remarks and actually talk to one another.

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Posted by Andrea Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 7:53 PM

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

You make it sound like Punk waltzed in and cashed out. He trained for two years, and got the crap beat out of him.

Posted by What, Again on 09/24/2016 at 7:45 PM

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


Wasn't Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, an outspoken critic of the way the district has been handling the deseg case, a community rep at Holladay in 2014-2015? Then the community rep position at that magnet school was "eliminated." And now, it has been "restored," with a new person occupying the position. This is not a classroom teaching position, but it is a position from which education is provided to the parent community. And the person whose position was eliminated in 2014-2015 had run for a position on the Board against the Democratic party backed incumbent Board President Adelita Grijalva.

Then there was what happened to Lovelace and Kill on the TUSD audit committee:

Here's what Chuck Kill wrote in his editorial about the changes made to the audit committee membership requirements, which booted him and Lovelace off the committee:

"In addition to changing the residency requirement for audit committee members, the Governing Board also added the district CFO as a permanent voting member of the audit committee. The committee was designed to assist the board by making sure it was independent of the TUSD management team. With the addition of the CFO to the audit committee (including the possibility of chairing it), the committee will lose some independence from the TUSD management team, since the CFO reports directly to the district superintendent. It will actually be checking up on itself. In addition, since the CFO will be instrumental in recommending the new internal auditor, that position will now also be subject to suspicion. Apparently, a majority of the Governing Board voted to substantially reduce the independence of the audit committee to give less oversight to the superintendent and the finances of the district. Additionally, other audit committee charter changes included removing protective language authorizing members to submit requests for information, setting the agenda and their direct role in selecting the external auditors."

(Why are Beach-Fleischmann employees donating to TKF, David Safier? Could it possibly be that CPAs know how to spot restructurings that open the door to financial malfeasance when they see them?)

If people who support the current TUSD Board majority don't know how to connect the dots or haven't paid enough attention to understand that there are many, many dots to connect in the management of this district during the past three years, it's not the responsibility of overworked anonymous commenters on Safier's blogs on Tucson Weekly to help them begin to understand the basics of what goes on in TUSD.

Overall impression? Andrea Rickard comes across like a well-intentioned person who is being used by people who know that while she is a good teacher who has a very good understanding of what happens in her own classroom, she hasn't the faintest idea what actually goes on in this district's central administration.

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Posted by A few key people who've been forced out on 09/24/2016 at 7:33 PM

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

I will gladly and humbly "eat my words" if I'm given actual evidence of ANY competent TUSD teacher "getting fired or forced out" for their principled refusal to "play on the home team."

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Posted by D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 6:58 PM

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

I have only ever posted here regarding the ideas and people I support. The welfare and education of our students drives me, as I'm sure is true of many who follow and get involved in local politics, including the TUSD Governing Board. I really wish we could have a civil conversation about how to continue to make things better for our kids. They need us to be examples of civil discourse, not mudslinging. Please and thank you.

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Posted by Andrea Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 6:55 PM

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

D.a. Rickard: your comments are inappropriate and disrespectful. Getting fired or forced out if you don't play on the home team -- which has happened to many people in this district since Sanchez became Superintendent -- is not an unreasonable motivating factor for posting anonymously.

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?

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Posted by Another Anonymous Reply to D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 6:44 PM

Re: “James T. Harris's Followers Have An Unsettling Obsession With Racism

James T Harris is hilarious! Obviously you never listen to him. And he has an obsession with racism. I've lived long enough to know that it's the stingy person who sees stingy people everywhere. It's the unkind person who sees unkindness everywhere. Its the racist who sees racism everywhere. Remember the old adage. When you point a finger at someone, you have three fingers pointing back at you. It's truer than you think.

Posted by Cora Lee on 09/24/2016 at 6:36 PM

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