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Re: “Grijalva: Protect Undocumented LGBT Minors in U.S. Custody

Does he have a history of this same fear in the juvenile justice system for American youth?

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Posted by Rat T on 12/15/2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court Blocks AZ Abortion Law

One day an Executive Order will stop all of this.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/15/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Sneak Peek: "Zona Politics" Talks with Mayor Rothschild About Bus Fares, Future of Broadway & More

Let's get Jonathan Gruber. He knows Americans and what they need.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/15/2014 at 1:41 PM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

Mr Safier,

Why do you continue to ignore the administrative bloat in TUSD? If TUSD brought its per pupil admin costs in line with peer districts, this would save $225 per pupil or about $10.8 million, enough to give its 2700 teachers a $4000 raise.

What say you?

C Weiss

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Posted by cweiss on 12/15/2014 at 1:17 PM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

Worker shortage is the only way to solve this dilemna. Quit and walk out. That way they will be forced to reorganize and reprioritize their wasteful ways.

Two years tops and problem will be fixed. Or will it?

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Posted by Rat T on 12/15/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court Blocks AZ Abortion Law

Even a blind pig...

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Posted by John on 12/15/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

Great article about salaries.

Charter schools are public schools that operate with a great deal of autonomy, free from many of the regulations of traditional public schools. One difference is that teachers in charter schools generally have less job security - by design. They have no tenure, work under year-to-year contracts and risk dismissal if they fail to contribute to student achievement as judged by the school. In return, however, they usually have more teaching flexibility, less paperwork and participate more fully in decision making. If Arizona's charter school experience is typical, they also often earn more than their public school counterparts.

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba285

How can tax dollars be dark money? Or is this just your "hands up don't shoot" attempt to appeal to a certain group?

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Posted by Rat T on 12/15/2014 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Sneak Peek: "Zona Politics" Talks with Mayor Rothschild About Bus Fares, Future of Broadway & More

Jeez-us. Y'all gotta find somebody better than Carol West to participate in this "debate" feature. She made a brief, general opening statement on immigration, then let Ash "correct" her for something she didn't even say, then let him drone on for 5 minutes, then served him up a softball question and let him drone on some more. Even when she was speaking she wasn't saying much of anything coherent or compelling. There are plenty of stronger voices to carry the Democratic flag.

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Posted by skinnyman on 12/15/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

I agree with Bette transparency is a must TUSD waists more on a daily basis. Teachers do deserve a raise however other districts are out preforming TUSD IN HUGE WAYS . I know many teachers most of the truly excellent ones have left TUSD others shouldn't be teaching but fit into TUSD so well. TUSD administration has ballooned out of control their actions and spending border criminal. Why has no one asked about the audit requested . The weekly should look into that they would find that the auditor general will not be doing that audit for a year and a half by then Sanchez will be gone and the district in ruins teacher raises won't matter then. What will happen to support staff when they take that money from M & O , no one seems to care about them. I would challenge David or The Weekly to look into these issues but as I have challenged them in the past they will simple ignore it in blind support of a district that has failed.

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Posted by Brian Sauber on 12/15/2014 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Is Congress Now Incapabable of Handling Immigration Reform?

Broken is not the best word to describe the system. Blatantly racist and weighted in favor of white European immigrants is more accurate.

Posted by Cascabel on 12/15/2014 at 10:45 AM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court Blocks AZ Abortion Law

The Supremes finally got one right!

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Posted by Ldonyo on 12/15/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

If say "it hasn't worked on the past" is all that is necessary, it would appear that nothing has ever worked. Is that what you believe, because this ain't working now.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/15/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Isabella’s Ice Cream Opens Its First Location at Rincon Market

Saw the old truck out front. What a beauty! Good luck in your business venture.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/15/2014 at 9:58 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

David, another good article on education in spite of some nay-sayer commenters. Very interesting article on the same subject in the December 15th issue of Forbes (hardly a liberal journal) that describes five ideas that will generate $2.25 Trillion by turning US education around. The five ideas are: Increase teacher salaries, universal pre-k, empower school principals, blended learning (computers with teachers), and common core.
Unfortunately, in this state at least, the unceasing mantra of "lower taxes, reduced regulation" an idea that hasn't worked in the past and shows no sign of working now or in the future drowns out any reasonable suggestion to improve education.
Keep up the good work.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/15/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

The compression argument is ludicrous. We were never paid. I am owed more than $4,000 by the District, of which $200 has been grudgingly doled out over two years. I will be retired by the time my stolen pay is reimbursed. With the miserly "raise," my salary will increase by about $11 per paycheck. Look out, Vegas!

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Posted by sabasabas on 12/15/2014 at 8:51 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

bslap said, "Compensation is based on supply and demand, not arbitrary opinions of value." That statement is not only incredibly naive, but out of touch with reality. Teachers and nurses are skilled professionals. Their low pay has little to do with supply and demand. There is not an oversupply of K-12 teachers, especially in math and science. The supply is low and demand high because of the low pay. If pay was based on supply and demand, then math and science teachers would be very well paid. Teachers and nurses have traditionally been underpaid because their ranks have been mostly populated by women. To the contrary, arbitrary opinions of value do play a large part.

And then there is, "Teachers are wonderful, but who is to say teaching adds so much more value to society than accounting?" (To be precise, Betts did not say that teaching adds more value than accounting, just asking why accounting is valued so much more than teaching. Big difference.) Bslap's comment is the explanation for why Arizonan's elected Diane Douglas. K-12 education is not valued by a majority of people, so why bother thinking too hard about the election choices.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 12/15/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

Supt. Sanchez seems like a bright guy, so he will probably learn OTJ how TUSD works. I am curious to see how he holds up in the long-term, and whether he is really serious about making a positive difference in a district that needs such a bottom-to-top makeover overall. Buena suerte.

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Posted by ay te wacho on 12/15/2014 at 8:11 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

Well, Davey boy, your foot is in it again. Since we're doing that 4th grade math give us all a rundown on the money generated at the end of every year for school programs by the $200 tax offset? That program exists for a reason and so many people contribute that it probably would lessen that $11/person you are suggesting. And, the legions of people who contribute do so because they believe in helping in the education of children. Legions of others would give even more if the tax laws allowed it so I'm just not buying your repeated rant.
Which leads me to my followup. How about an idea of the TUSD share of that $317M and a further breakdown of that money by dept.

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Posted by Harold R. Simpson on 12/15/2014 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

I have seen administrators' salaries from public schools published many times through the years. Yet, I have never seen, not even once, a list of salaries from charter schools - only tales that even small, rural charters have top people earning up to $200,000+ annually as they fire uncertified teachers who they don't want to pay. Why has this information never been reported responsibly? Why do we have "dark money" in taxpayer supported education?

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Posted by ay te wacho on 12/15/2014 at 8:00 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

Transparency has apparently always been a problem with TUSD central offices, and especially within decisions involving personnel (i.e., salaries) and finances. But front line teaching jobs are not easy at all, tough and getting tougher; these people really deserve a raise some years. And BTW & IMO, these TW TUSD articles are good, better than past years, and I like it when a writer jumps into the comments section with the rest of us unruly citizens. Most don't dare.

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Posted by ay te wacho on 12/15/2014 at 7:46 AM

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