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Re: “Do You Care About Doug Ducey's Mob Family Tree?

Grasping. At. Straws.

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Posted by Carlos Danger on 10/15/2014 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Did Republican Budget Cuts Hurt the Fight Against Ebola?

Last week someone from that side of the aisle blamed the NRA for Ebola.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 10/15/2014 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Your Best of Tucson Preview Is on KXCI Today

Jewelry

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Posted by Shelly Flores on 10/15/2014 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Let's Take A Look At That Story About TUSD In The Star

Rich Kronberg makes the following point in the Comments Section of the Arizona Daily Star:

"....One way that school administrators hide money is to build a budget based on the
number of full time equivalent (FTE) teachers the district should have. Multiply
that by the average cost per teacher and that generates the cost of the teacher
unit. If, however, the district does not hire full time staff for all its teaching
positions...and TUSD has faild to fill all its teaching slots with full time
teachers for quite a few years...that leaves a lot of money in the budget that
will not be used to pay for teachers and is available to spend on what might, at
best, be termed "fluff." Unless the Governing Board actually knows the number of
FTE employed by TUSD, it can easily be misled by the budgeted figures. What do
you want to bet that the members of the Governing Board (with the possible
exception of Dr. Stegeman) have no actual knowledge of how many TUSD classes are
taught by a parade of substitutes instead of full time highly qualified
teachers?..."

There are approximately 180 Positions Posted on the TUSD Web Site. It needs to be determined if the Current Budget Estimates are a piece of "Financial Legerdemain" to hide the misuse of Public Monies and possible Fraud. Since Public Funds are involved, an immediate Audit by the State and Federal Government should be called for the TUSD Board..

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 10/15/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Let's Take A Look At That Story About TUSD In The Star

I agree with Safier (gasp), CEOs brought in to any organization to effect significant change have to work with available resources often "robbing Peter to pay Paul." The changes sought by Sanchez were for the most part admirable. I also agree that at the end of the day (or fiscal year) CEOs will be evaluated on the results of the changes made and the overall effects of the changes on the organization.

As long as no laws are broken or regulations flaunted (think Enron) CEOs serve at the good graces of their boards. So yes, the Star article is "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." There is nothing in the ADS article charging Sanchez with criminal behavior or willfully defying regulators, he's been doing what he was brought in to do by the TUSD board - change TUSD. That same board, however constituted after the election, will continue to evaluate his performance against stated objectives.

I also agree with Think About It: today it is not clear if TUSD is running a surplus or deficit of say $15 million. As someone once said, "a million here, a million there, pretty soon we're talking real money."
Not knowing if the district is tens of millions in the red or black should serve as an indictment of the administration AND the board entrusted to oversee its operations. It is clear, or should be, that both groups are clueless as to the financial state of the ship; either it is about to hit an iceberg or sail ahead into calm seas. Now, because of incompetence or worse, the Board and TUSD administration are forced to hand over the reins of fiscal accountability to the state.

While continuing to debate whether there should be an independent auditor reporting directly to the Board.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 10/15/2014 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Expect Fireworks At The TUSD Board Meeting

Rich Kronberg makes the following point in the Comments Section of the Arizona Daily Star:

"....One way that school administrators hide money is to build a budget based on the
number of full time equivalent (FTE) teachers the district should have. Multiply
that by the average cost per teacher and that generates the cost of the teacher
unit. If, however, the district does not hire full time staff for all its teaching
positions...and TUSD has faild to fill all its teaching slots with full time
teachers for quite a few years...that leaves a lot of money in the budget that
will not be used to pay for teachers and is available to spend on what might, at
best, be termed "fluff." Unless the Governing Board actually knows the number of
FTE employed by TUSD, it can easily be misled by the budgeted figures. What do
you want to bet that the members of the Governing Board (with the possible
exception of Dr. Stegeman) have no actual knowledge of how many TUSD classes are
taught by a parade of substitutes instead of full time highly qualified
teachers?..."

There are approximately 180 Positions Posted on the TUSD Web Site. It needs to be determined if the Current Budget Estimates are a piece of "Financial Legerdemain" to hide the misuse of Public Monies and possible Fraud. Since Public Funds are involved, an immediate Audit by the State and Federal Government should be called for the TUSD Board.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 10/15/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Let's Take A Look At That Story About TUSD In The Star

Dave, thanks for the defense, but really, the ad hominem attacks against me do more to make the commenters looks small than to damage my credibility. If they want to go after me, fine. If they think it makes my fingers quake as I type out my next post, well . . . keep trying if you wish. I'm not running for office. I don't have to worry about a small group of people challenging my integrity. So far, they've stayed at an acceptable level of ad hominem attacks. I hope they have the good sense not to get vicious.

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Posted by David Safier on 10/15/2014 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Let's Take A Look At That Story About TUSD In The Star

I appreciate comments that add to and debate the issues brought forward in these blogs. I do not appreciate the ad hominem attacks on the blogger. I find them unnecessary, distracting, unbecoming and an impediment to further discussion. Please, can we discuss the issues laid out in these blogs without the personal attacks and the questioning of the blogger's motives?

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 10/15/2014 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Let's Take A Look At That Story About TUSD In The Star

The biggest overpaid bureaucrat in TUSD is Sanchez. After the multiple exculpatory columns he has written about Sanchez it is no surprise Safier fails to see this. Maybe its because Sanchez paid him a little attention and inflated his self-importance. Every time someone...including the administrators who wrote two letters to the public...criticizes Sanchez we see David Safier leaping to his defense. This is simply Safier trying to defend the indefensible. I can just picture Safier reading the article and skipping over all the paragraphs that had numbers in them. By his own admission he is not terribly knowledgeable about numbers. What qualifies him to respond to an article that is all about the manipulation of numbers? Absolutely nothing but arrogance.

At a minimum Sanchez has to explain his own false and misleading statements, such as the ones about trying to secure a mythical loan to pay for his day care center idea. It is a bad idea because the millions of dollars it will cost TUSD to do this should be spent in TUSD classrooms. First, Sanchez tried to use desegregation money to pay for this. The plaintiffs and Special Master Hawley would not go along. At that point he supposedly tried to secure a loan to pay for it. But...he lied about that because there is no paperwork to support his claims about attempting to secure a loan. He also needs to explain how he knew the less-qualified principal he hired was Adelita Grijalva's mother-in-law, but...at the same time...he did not know they were related. He needs to explain how it is that the more qualified principal he did not hire...allegedly because she lacked the needed Arizona paperwork did, in fact, have all that paperwork. The bottom line is that TUSD's superintendent has misled the public so often he can't keep track of his own misrepresentations.

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Posted by Marty on 10/15/2014 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Let's Take A Look At That Story About TUSD In The Star

Any school district in which a potential deficit is projected one week and a healthy reserve is claimed the following week is clearly poorly run and completely dysfunctional. The outgoing deputy superintendent was praised by the current superintendent, his predecessor and members of the Board for his knowledge, expertise and achievements during his years serving in both TUSD and the Arizona Department of Education. He was just named the CFO for the Portland (Oregon) school district. Is he now suddenly a crank and a moron because he brought to light some of Sanchez's questionable practices on his way out the door?

Let's assume that the outgoing deputy superintendent WAS either wrong about the potential deficit or acting out of spite as he was leaving to take another job. What would be his motivation for acting in such a manner? Conceivably, his immature actions could concern his next employer and cause them to question his professionalism and ability to oversee finances in their district. Why would he want to raise questions about himself in his new job by how he left this one, especially since his performance in TUSD up to this point had always earned praise and thanks from both the superintendent and the Board?

Everything that has occurred in the last two weeks points to a deplorable lack of oversight by the Board itself. They are not doing their job of staying on top of the finances in a district they were elected to run. They are not holding the superintendent accountable and they have failed to follow up on recommendations that have been made multiple times to hire an independent auditor who reports to them, not to Sanchez.

It is clearly time for the incumbents on the Board to be held accountable for their utter failure in leadership. Both Grijalva and Hicks have demonstrated that they can't do the job entrusted to them by the voters. The electorate should punish them both on November 4th by turning them out of office.

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Posted by Think About It... on 10/15/2014 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Expect Fireworks At The TUSD Board Meeting

The board needs to be on the alert. Adelita Grijalva will try to give any extra funds to La Raza, as well as buy more pro La Raza revolutionary textbooks that WTP got thrown out of our schools last yr.

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Posted by Rick Jason on 10/15/2014 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Brink Media's Streetcar Film Is Super Delightful

Jim: The film was shot before the Streetcar was open to the public. So, there's that.

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Posted by Dan Gibson on 10/14/2014 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Let's Take A Look At That Story About TUSD In The Star

David, David, David. I get it. You're doing your blind party duty, to protect Adelita and promote her new protégé, Jen Darland. But you're wrong. HT is not an effective leader, turning around an ineffective organization. Its all smoke and mirrors, and resume stuffing for his next gig.

Adelita is going to lose big, and HT will be out of here, on his way back to the great state of Texas that he loves. And, you'll be left holding the bag of $h!t they've asked you to hold.

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Posted by Falcon666 on 10/14/2014 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Orr Asks Fellow Lawmakers to Get Creative with Marijuana

Total nonsense. I'm more interested in developing programs for treating addiction and keeping offenders out of the courts than I am in the State leeching money off of them.

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Posted by Mark Murphy on 10/14/2014 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Brink Media's Streetcar Film Is Super Delightful

Lovely, charming little film - but 13:43 minutes of Joplin's "The Entertainer" is 11 minutes too many!! Next time find some additional rags with which to score your film - or, better yet, get a composer to produce some NEW ones for you!! :-)

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Posted by Marilyn Harris on 10/14/2014 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Let's Take A Look At That Story About TUSD In The Star

This is the most sense Safier has made in a while. This is exactly the reason these anonymous administrators are not courageous. Nobody can judge their records or credibility of their statements without publicly stating their opinion. They are not protecting students they are protecting salaries.

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Posted by Amanda on 10/14/2014 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Brink Media's Streetcar Film Is Super Delightful

Jim you should just stick to watching your porn and leave the commenting to others.

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Posted by donkiyoti on 10/14/2014 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Brink Media's Streetcar Film Is Super Delightful

What a hayter ^

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Posted by Gertie on 10/14/2014 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Expect Fireworks At The TUSD Board Meeting

Will they run their meeting like the PC Board of Sups?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LLITqR_jKM

Sharon Bronson and Huck Chuckleberry now have the grey hairs uniting against them. Pay special attention to Ray Carroll.

It looks like his backbone is giving him problems.

Don't let TUSD do this to you.

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Posted by Rat T on 10/14/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Did Republican Budget Cuts Hurt the Fight Against Ebola?

There are lies, damn lies, and then anything said by Democrats.

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Posted by HEHSBrian on 10/14/2014 at 4:14 PM

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