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Re: “Advice on Welcoming Immigrants, From SXSW

And that was just the last 3 days.

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Posted by What, Again on 03/12/2017 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Advice on Welcoming Immigrants, From SXSW

Legal immigrants are wonderful.

Illegal aliens are parasites, and worse for citizens of the United States of America.

Except for liberals that exploit them to line their pockets and build their power base.

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Posted by What, Again on 03/12/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Kick Back

Hillary rally?

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Posted by haha on 03/12/2017 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Kick Back

The American dream, Hope, for Tucson liberals. Isn't it beautiful!

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Posted by What, Again on 03/11/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “You Can’t Make History Alone

"My favorite thing to remember is singing Mexican ballads with my mom. These were songs about the Mexican Revolution."

"Sanctuary is a very key thing right now."

So sad that as a U.S. (United States of America) Poet Laurette you don't advocate for America, the United States of America, not Mexico.

Damn good thing Barack Hussein Obama was triumphantly denounced by the citizens of the United States of America.

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Posted by What, Again on 03/11/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

What we've heard from those doing public records requests is that there were BOTH bonuses awarded AND salaries increased without proper approval / disclosure, and it happened throughout Sanchez's tenure. It appears that it was a consistent practice: it wasn't a case of a mistake at the beginning which he chose to learn from so he could subsequently improve his administrative practice.

The work of explaining what has happened here needs to stop taking place in the comment streams. Constituents who are concerned should watch videos of Board meetings of the past three and 1/2 years, read the coverage of Sanchez's record provided in the Arizona Daily Star, and review the Latino plaintiffs' advocate's periodic reports. If those who have made a reasonable effort to review these readily accessible materials cannot see plainly that there were serious and recurring problems with the way Sanchez administered this public institution, the only conclusion to draw is that those people don't understand basic professional standards for public institution administration.

But in Arizona that is not at all surprising. Not only the population at large, but state level leaders have shown repeatedly and in a number of different ways that they don't understand public institution protocols with their framing of legislation to allow blocks to financial transparency in charter institutions using public funds and their belief that in this "war" they are fighting it is fine for people like Yarbrough to disregard conflict of interest and, after participating in getting tax credit legislation passed, to set themselves up as salaried employees of STOs dispensing public funds to private institutions. Phoenix privatizers loved Sanchez, and this is why: where public district schools should properly provide a contrast to untransparent charters and privates applying public funds, Sanchez began bringing a desperate, starved and malfunctioning public school district down to the level of the charters and privates, with his inability to understand and apply proper bidding and hiring practices, his courting of donations from the business community, his dispensing of his own personal donations to schools in the system he administered, his application of federal Title 1 dollars in ways that did not achieve the effects intended by "war on poverty" policy / funding, his outsourcing of subs, his disrespect for desegregation judges and plaintiffs, etc., ad nauseam. The list is long and extremely distasteful to those who have experience with standards maintained in properly run public school districts in other states. Perhaps, now that Sanchez is available, he can be hired to run an STO or charter network. He'd fit right in there, but he does NOT belong at the helm of a public school district serving a primarily low-SES, high minority population of more than 40,000. The administrative decisions he made did not benefit the vulnerable students in the district or the teachers struggling to serve them under increasingly difficult conditions. Those who've followed informed commentary about implementation of the USP and changes in the use of desegregation funds for the past 3 and 1/2 years (including drastically escalating legal costs which sucked money out of poverty-stricken schools and applied it in unnecessary litigation) know it.

Perhaps, Mr. Huppenthal, you would consider showing us some mercy and no longer inserting your opinions about the administration of public education institutions into these comment streams? You showed by your promotion of exit from the public district system while you were state superintendent of PUBLIC education that you don't believe in the public district system and don't support it. These days Southern Arizona's few supporters of what public schools have been and are in other parts of the U.S. are struggling enough in their efforts to combat locally-sourced BS. We really don't need more BS imported and dropped into these comment streams by Phoenix privatizers.

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Posted by Learn proper standards for public institutions. on 03/11/2017 at 12:06 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

A bonus is not a pay increase and it is literally a lie to say that it is unless the bonus structure was not in place the previous year.

Prop 301 explicitly allows and encourages a bonus structure - tying pay to performance. Without that system, you simply can't improve public education performance.

A healthy compensation structure has significant pay tied to results.

You are arguing that because Sanchez was doing competent policy, it was right to fire him.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 03/11/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

UPDATE: According to the Arizona Dept of Ed statistics TUSD has about 2663 certified classroom teachers.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/11/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

Hey Hupp,

Nobody is talking about faculty attrition rates, we are talking about TEACHER attrition rates. TUSD only has 2500-3000 teachers. Redo your calculations please. Beep Boop Bop Beep....

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/11/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Political Theater: McSally Schedules Town Hall Just in Time To Scramble Critics

When Bush fails, blame all else.

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Posted by 31WC on 03/11/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Kick Back

You're a dump What, Again.

That's why you love living in a dump. It gives you yet another reason to be dickish.

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Posted by Dumpy people love dumpy places and Trumpy leaders on 03/11/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “The Skinny

But PP and its supporters *are* using this claim that they provide Healthcare to make a political statement. They claim they have a vital right to exist They want to continue making money by taking the lives of children. They want to continue making money benefiting from the tax money of people who don't agree with the fact that they are primarily in the abortion business.

Representative McNally is an opponent of abortion because she is a supporter of the right to life for The Unborn. I support her and I agree that we need to put Planned Parenthood out of business not let them hide behind the lies that they are necessary to community, that there aren't other options for Community needs in Healthcare. Stand up for the other 28 organizations that are providing the things that the article claims the community needs, without promoting and doing abortions. spend the money saved by defunding Planned Parenthood to support these organizations.

I also support repealing the ACA and I have opposed it since it was first promoted. Our government should not be in the business of providing National Health Care! I do not support the Republicans plan to replace it with any other government Healthcare Beyond Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid. I support the government forcing insurance companies to compete in all 50 states, and to do anything else to bring health insurance cost down short of making government the primary healthcare provider.

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Posted by Stephen M. Zumbo on 03/11/2017 at 3:57 AM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

TUSD is described as having 4,700 faculty members, so 400 turnover a year would be quite low. Well over 100 of that would likely be retirement which would leave true teacher turnover in the middle single digits. Private sector companies would kill to have a turnover rate of 6%.

That would suggest that TUSD teacher job satisfaction is actually much higher than national averages.

Of course, not knowing the actual numbers leaves much of this speculative. The actual numbers are knowable. TUSD almost certainly did a valid teacher job satisfaction measurement. I studied one they did back in 2011.

A really great school, a really great school district defines itself as a support mechanism for great teachers. The question that should be constantly on your mind is "How can we help you?" I found that you can increase the percentage of teachers rating their school an Excellent place to work by 7 percentage points a year. But, its hard work and most people very much want to tell teachers what to do rather than ask them what to do. That's why that excellence number has plunged nationwide.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 03/10/2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Kick Back

"So, Tucson" is exactly right. A dump.

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Posted by What, Again on 03/10/2017 at 8:11 PM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

Hmmm...shifting the blame again? Where does the buck stop?

I sure can't wait for vouchers. Then they will get their problems figured out...when they get a little quiet time.

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Posted by Concerned Mom on 03/10/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Kick Back

Is that the new convention center downtown?

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Posted by I Don't Get It on 03/10/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Skeletons

How about renaming this feature Watering Hole for Dicks?

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Posted by Peabo on 03/10/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Skeletons

Can you hire an actually good photographer for this feature

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Posted by Palisades on 03/10/2017 at 1:24 PM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

Two questions for jhuppent@hotmail.com:

If there were over 400 teachers leaving per year (something that is unprecedented in the district's history) and if the district found itself unable every year since Sanchez arrived to fill all the newly created vacancies with qualified teachers rather than with outsourced, uncertified substitutes (the dearth of fully qualified teachers in TUSD has been of an entirely different scale than what other districts with similar wage rates have been experiencing) do we need an annual teacher satisfaction survey to tell us whether teacher job satisfaction deteriorated?

In a climate that has frequently been described as retaliatory, would the teachers who did fill out a "survey" circulated by administration feel confident that they could be honest about their feelings of "satisfaction" with the district without suffering blowback?

The answer most who live in this region and know the district's schools would give to both of those questions would be "No."

It remains curious that a privatizer keeps weighing in to support Sanchez. Why would that be, Jhuppent? Because he was willing to cooperate with outsourcing & reducing teacher credentialing & Basis-style misuse of AP testing & inflated and unstransparent administrative compensation packages & disparaging of desegregation judges, experts and plaintiffs & lowering deseg taxes & phasing down deseg levies after unitary status was achieved & recruiting private donations to supplement insufficient PUBLIC funding for PUBLIC schools, etc. ad nauseam?

Too bad, so sad the privatizers lost their BFF administrator of a massive PUBLIC (?) institution in Tucson. It will be interesting to see what kind of administrative behaviors the Superintendent recruited by the SUPPOSEDLY "anti-progressive" REPUTEDLY "white supremicist" Board majority comes up with. Will they be more favorable to the privatization agenda than what Sanchez came up with? It seems scarcely possible.

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Posted by Phoenix privatizers are mourning the loss of Sanchez. on 03/10/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

Did teacher job satisfaction deteriorate under Sanchez? Was that deterioration more severe than the national decline which saw the percent of teachers rating themselves "Very Satisfied" fall from 62% to 39%?

TUSD was doing an annual survey so the data should be readily available.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 03/10/2017 at 12:35 PM

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