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Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

I just wanted to say what a lovely well thought out piece this is David and I agree with so many of your sentiments.

As a TUSD parent I am horrified daily by what I read and hear being said by these 24-7 TUSD rock throwers about our kids' school district and especially about those working hard every single day to make our schools better, AND amidst the most egregious circumstances imaginable given how our state legislature and GOVERNOR sets the table for them! (Throw your rocks at them, rather than HT Sanchez or the school board!)

It's as if the district is being stalked by some pretty crazy dysfunctional people, (well evidenced by the comments above I might add). However, what is truely scary to me is that we have a current sitting board member who engages in this same destructive rock throwing behavior. I too find his incessant attacks to be all for not. I can't imagine what on earth motivates him, but ultimately he just exacerbates the situation and further harms our school district. Every day. Every single day.

If anyone thinks they can actually improve anything - an organization, an educational environment, a society, TUSD ...whatever, by engaging in these kinds of lizard-brain accusations and constant high drama criticisms....or the best one yet - by starting a political IEC (to supposedly solve bullying in your kid's school?!!)... Well I don't even know where to begin other than to say you are SO sadly mistaken and just making the situation worse by your behanvior. I wish you all would just stop and go focus your time, money and energy on something positive and productive. It's so troubling to watch. These are our kids schools you are destroying.

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Posted by TUSD Parent #101 on 10/14/2016 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Song of the Day: 'See Saw' by Don Covay

Love Covay, have looked at youtube forever hoping to find footage of live shows. Never anything to see. :(

Posted by Kip Dean on 10/14/2016 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

Three weeks to the election. let's hope they don't force Nanos out and force Carmona in before the election. He would not be on the ballot.

What would happen then, special election?

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Posted by Dale Jensen on 10/14/2016 at 3:08 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

Wouldn't it be more appropriate to call it Biden like behavior?

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Posted by Dan Hyde on 10/14/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Tempest DuJour And Other Queens Channel The Donald

This is a must see!!!

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Posted by Sandra Engoron-March on 10/14/2016 at 12:33 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

Some within our group of TUSD Whistleblowers have received Kristel Foster's latest bottom of the barrel attempt to gain support for Cam Juarez and herself through her claim that David Morales and Mike Hicks were making fun of Cam's physical disability. She provided a link to the radio program during which she claims the behavior became Trump-like. She says it is upsetting. Those of us who are professionals in the area of special education or who are disabled listened to the radio show that she referenced in her condemning email. Mike Hicks poked fun at himself for his partial loss fingers from an accident. There was nothing that was said that was discriminatory or offensive about Cam's physical disability. What we all found offensive is Foster's blatant need to rescue her peer, Cam Juarez, because he is disabled. Once again she has exposed her condescending treatment of those who she believes she must rescue. Foster is no Mother Theresa and she needs to get mental health support for her constant need to claim she is a savior of sorts. Certainly Cam does not need to be rescued. We may not agree with him on many issues but we view Cam as someone who does not play "poor me/probesito" as Kristel has wickedly attempted to do in her email.

Kristel Foster is not genuinely an advocate for anyone or any cause. She is an opportunist. Foster is a walking scam and an embarrassment to herself; to women; and to TUSD. Don’t be fooled!

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Posted by Kristel Foster is Pathetic on 10/14/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

Stegeman: you can make as many assertions as you like excusing your behavior, but there are plenty of votes you have made which do not align with anything resembling progressive or integrationist priorities. Your roles in the MAS controversies and your advocacy for UHS-separate-site are well known.

You constantly insert your opinions into comment streams, spread them in your prolix "Constituent Updates," publish them in editorials in the Star, promote them in "community forums" you organize, and get them aired in media outlets like KGUN-9 with whom you build relationships, yet there are many issues that could have used advocacy and increased public awareness on which you have no documented history of communicating with the public. You are apologizing now for not having spoken up on the need to get 301 funds to teachers. That's more than a day late and millions of dollars short.

If you can provide evidence that you played some role in encouraging the district to do advance planning prior to the disastrous $17 million deficit falling on the schools, I'll be happy to examine it. Why don't you do a "Constituent Update - Special Edition" and give us all the facts? In spring of 2013 I sat in a Parents' Association meeting in a TUSD school and heard the principal tell the community that our school had received a phone call from central saying hundreds of thousands of dollars had to be cut from our school's budget within 24-48 hours. That is no way to manage an entirely predictable funding shortfall, and the "Cut positions - quick!" way it was handled had disastrous consequences in our school during the 2013-2014 school year.

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Posted by Reply to Stegeman on 10/14/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Danehy

Come on everybody take a look at today's leak John Podesta and the HRC crew were discussing how to get rid of the President's emails on her private server. He said he never was involved and didn't know anything about it. He had the address and they talked about hiding them...and then 33,000 emails were bleach bitted.

This makes it appear the President lied again. he also told us he had to give Iran cash as we were not setup to wire transfer money. Now we find out he wire transferred money.

Meanwhile Iran makes aggressive moves towards our destroyers in the Gulf. Raytheon missiles were fired on Wednesday.

Barack and Hillary. Birds of a feather, make great liars.

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Posted by Rat T on 10/14/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo


This is what "Disappointed Parent" wrote above:

"You sir are asking the community to vote greedy politicians to take, take, take away from our children.
You are like the social worker who tells the battered wife that 'it's not so bad' 'you shouldn't have made him hit you' 'you shouldn't expect so much' 'you don't deserve better' 'try to understand he didn't mean it' 'he's trying his best.'"

Note well, David: this is what your commentary looks like to people who are raising children in this region using these schools. With the desegregation funds TUSD gets it has the highest per pupil funding rate among all the districts in the region, and what it delivers to students is sub-standard services, sub-standard sites and facilities, sub-standard qualifications of those manning too many classrooms, a bevy of ignorant, rock-bottom-functioning central administrators getting unbelievably inflated salaries for delivering nothing of worth to the get the idea.

Why is this? In part, because where other districts know how to work with the community to leverage investment and build solid support relationships, TUSD kicks those who step forward to try to help it in the teeth. If parents raise money and work on developing sound goals for the district's Strategic Plan, the money is mis-applied, the goals are not implemented, and the district lies to the public about implementation status and, adding insult to injury, publicly gives its central admin mis-manager-in-chief a fat bonus for 100% implementation. If parents notice problems on the Board and build a network to promote the election of three candidates who they believe can make a constructive difference, they get smeared with baseless accusations that they want the Board changed so they can benefit financially from school closings and bloggers like you paint civic-minded volunteers and donors to the district with the same black brush that the central administrators and certain Board members actually deserve but never get from their wouldn't-recognize-or-report-a-valid-FACT-if-I-saw-one-Grijalva-affiliated sycophants in the media.

Do this: spend a day at Utterback in TUSD and then spend a day at Orange Grove in Catalina Foothills or Emily Gray in Tanque Verde. What makes the difference, David? It's not the per-pupil funding rates, which are higher in TUSD than in either of these districts. It's not parents' and business leaders' WILLINGNESS to give, because parents and business leaders have been WILLING to give in TUSD as well. The difference between these schools lies largely in what the Boards and central administrations in these districts do with the money they have available and how they treat those in the community who step forward and try to help.

Disappointed Parent wrote: "TUSD has the potential to be amazing partnering with the UofA and PCC and Raytheon and bringing in parents and community instead of treating us like we are the problem because we expect better for our children."

That is exactly, EXACTLY right. TUSD parents have seen Raytheon execs take an interest in recruiting supplementary funding and then walk away in disgust at the district's inability to manage basic processes associated with receiving donations and recruiting external funds. They have seen business sponsors give tens of thousands of dollars and the district failing to honor the sponsorship agreements so that relationships with sponsors who could have been continuing beneficiaries died on the vine as a result. They have seen University faculty taking an interest in connecting students with research opportunities whose offers to help don't get the follow-through that can translate them into reality.

Bottom line: Your dishonest commentary excusing corrupt politicians and administrators is filthy with political motives and is not needed in school districts serving other people's children. It benefits no-one outside of your tight little Grijalva-affiliated, Grijalva-excusing network.

Find another hobby in your retirement and stop, as Disappointed Parent said in a very apt analogy, telling the battered wife to accept the beatings.

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Posted by Another Disappointed Parent on 10/14/2016 at 9:16 AM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

Someone above wrote: "As for Stegeman, he has his own agenda and when he was part of the board majority rather than the minority he proved no more able to act in support of fiscal responsibility or of the common good of all enrolled students and teachers than any of the current majority."

I was never part of the "board majority" because before the current administration there was no "board majority." There were five separate members who aligned different ways on different issues. I have cast votes against many of things that have got TUSD into trouble, but I am often on the losing end of the vote. Holding me accountable for actions I disagreed with is like holding the Democrats in the legislature accountable for whatever the Republicans do.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 10/14/2016 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Creative Community

Although, it is poor country but these event are very encouraging for the its people to become unit on to put their country on the way of progress. I also heard this news on ary news live channel last night.

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Posted by Gulzar Ahmed on 10/14/2016 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

let's think of how Napier will interact with the LaWall County Attorney assoc. there are some real stink there too. He will be extremely hobbled as the ghosts from the basement have come up in the house, will there be an exorcism? Can there be if the owner of the house sold there soul to be owner. (no faith allowed)

Changing Napier is only a half measure we need to do a full measure. Pima county needs a overhaul in leadership Starting with the Pima County Attorney. Never again should Pima have a resignation appointment if so it must be done by the opposition party.

Just look around I have 5 children all educated here all grad U of A all had to move for opportunity. 14 grandchildren that I long to see that will never reside in Tucson in my lifetime.

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Posted by grand parent on 10/14/2016 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

Carmona, needs to promote himself as he is not practicing medicine has hasn't for years.
Carmona needs to distance himself from Nano's & PCSO administrative people which he was one of till. Again he finds himself on a sinking ship with those inside casting overboard first. I wish him well with his endeavors never again to be associated with the PCSO.
We need to start with a new leadership, and new bit of faith, a new sheet of paper. If the Deputy assoc. elects him to represent them not wise.
When Napier is elected I hope he does not go outside to friends and associates from the past. I would hope he promotes from police agencies within the valley. Not Exclusively PCSO rank and file. As so many have left to other agencies. I hope Napier has the administrative ability and experience to install and maintain a merit and promotional system that is public access information. I hope that all sheriffs information will be pool media outlet never again release info to exclusive sources.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 10/14/2016 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

Rat T
We need to tolerate ones like bslap for they dont have reason or understanding they know not of what the hear or see they subscribe to the Arizona Daily Star. A severe debilitating of tolerance or understanding it should be called the Pima County Media

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Posted by fam est 1852 on 10/14/2016 at 6:11 AM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

Clearly you have not been paying attention to the audits and reports.

Do NOT re-elect Foster or Juarez unless you are okay taking money away from students, classrooms and teachers. The TUSD School Board election is about the economic future of our city.


According to the AZAuditor General 2015.........
Only 48.7% of the budget goes into the classroom.
This is the lowest it has ever been!

2014 versus 2010
49 Central Administrators it was only 36

2,536 Teachers was 3,068

523 Teacher Aides was 621

41 Nurses was 47

71 Counselors was 109

14 Librarians was 45

82 Principals was 89

43 Asst Principal was 51

155 Facilities Maintenance was 195

236 Custodians was 325

Foster and Juarez claim that this is the same as other districts.


A comparison:

TUSD receives $9,469 to educate each student.

Mesa receives only $8,807.

Mesa's enrollment is much larger 60,374 but more efficient ....75 schools with higher academic achievement. 68% of Mesa’s schools are A/B rated.

TUSD has 45,979 students with 86 buildings leadership chooses to maintain as schools rather than consolidate. 44% of TUSD schools are A/B rated.

Mesa is an exact match to our district "peer group" in fact we have many more resources than Mesa and should be doing better than Mesa.

Time for change...
Central administrators increased by 36%

Librarians decreased by 69%

Counselors decreased by 35%

Custodians decreased by 27%

Facilities maintenance decreased by 21%

Teachers decreased by 17%

Foster claims that the central administrators are due to the Desegregation plan. NOT TRUE. The plan is written by TUSD and approved by the School Board. They can choose to reduce district spending if they cared about students.

TUSD gets an extra $1,301 per student to implement the Desegregation plan. Mesa and most districts get $0. This amounts to over $60 million a year in additional funding!!!!

Believe the facts not the spin.

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Posted by Facts not Opinions on 10/13/2016 at 9:48 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

"is probably a waste of time"
Sorry, copy & paste error.

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Posted by disappointed parent on 10/13/2016 at 9:45 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

Mr. Safier writing this is pro time since you clearly can not see the facts. We parents are not "vocal critics." TUSD is not a "typical" low-performing urban district. TUSD has the potential to be amazing partnering with the UofA and PCC and Raytheon and bringing in parents and community instead of treating us like we are the problem because we expect better for our children. Many of us are highly educated and do more than observe casually like you do. We spend time with principals and teachers asking how to help and they tell us the same stories at every school. We need more resources, supplies, support, monitors, custodians, we have asked for help but the 12 at the top making $3million discourage complaints..........You sir, are a disgrace the any progressive agenda you claim. You sir are asking the community to vote greedy politicians to take, take, take away from our children.

You are like the social worker who tells the battered wife that "it's not so bad" "you shouldn't have made him hit you" "you shouldn't expect so much" "you don't deserve better" "try to understand he didn't mean it" "he's trying his best." You, Mr. Safier ignore the facts just like Mr. Trump. It is sad.

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Posted by Disappointed Parent on 10/13/2016 at 9:43 PM

Re: “As Acacia Prepares to Shutter, Chef Albert Hall Looks to the Viability of Fine Dining in Tucson

Sorry your restaurant had to close - such a difficult business. Have you thought of doing a cooking school? Market it to those of us 55+ who have lost the cooking spouse. We need to learn how to cook all over again. Women who don't know how to grill a salmon. Men who don't know how to make gravy. There's nothing like this in Tucson - there are a bunch of us women looking for classes all over the city. Retirees are free during weekdays... Just a thought

Posted by Linda Bretz on 10/13/2016 at 8:27 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Here's a link to today's update.

Make of it what you will, but it seems that all those new Republican voters aren't having much of an impact in Pennsylvania.

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Posted by Skeptical on 10/13/2016 at 6:47 PM

Re: “The Skinny

What did I tell you Debbi?

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Posted by Rat T on 10/13/2016 at 5:20 PM

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