I'm interested in the portion of David's blog where he writes, "If you want to find poorly run charter schools where the people who "own" them are out for a quick buck at the expense of the children, look at schools serving children from low income families, whether black, brown or white."
That's also true of public district schools, David: If you want to find poorly run public district schools where the people who govern and administer them are out for a quick buck at the expense of the children, look at public district systems serving primarily children from low income families.
What's the solution to creating educational institutions that can deliver sound services to low SES constituencies? Having transparency laws on the books is not enough; any honest examination of how well having Arizona Open Meeting Law on the books actually yields practices in our public school districts that support easy access of information for constituents will tell you that. You might also want to look at how much good it does for the media to provide constituents in poor school districts with information on central administrative bloat, improper relationships between Board members and contractors, and outrageously inflated central administration compensation packages. When these facts about certain public districts are widely publicized, does the dissemination of this information result in change of leadership at the Board level, or is the electorate insufficiently engaged to understand what this information means and to act on it? What happens with the TUSD Board election this November will be an interesting local "test case" for this.
In any case, something more than putting transparency laws on the books is required to protect the best interests of our most vulnerable citizens. In a context where the enforcement model is complaint driven, as it is with Arizona Open Meeting Law, enforcement depends upon constituents, advocacy organizations, or journalists knowing the law, watching the institutions, reporting on what is going on , filing complaints and asking for improvement.
You have not been and you continue not to be part of that process because you make no effort to provide reporting that is accurate and reasonably complete on what is happening in the schools -- both public district and charter -- that serve low SES constituencies. The premise behind your posts is always that there is some magical superiority to public district schools and that defending the entrenched, vested interests in these institutions is to defend the interest of the poor. That is simply not the case, and continuing to send that message to the public and to the Pima County Democratic Party (your real target audience here) is making yourself part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
jhuppent: Correlation does not show causation. Get some sort of comparison group before you start boasting of proof. Better yet - how about a real study?
But charter schools were not pumping out little communistic activists. The public's have a lock on that.
Refusing to consider POTUS selections to the Supreme Court is a violation of the Senate oath to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution. That makes McCain a traitor in my eyes.
Nothing starts till the feds change the denotation of the plant period.
This has gone beyond a state's issue it's a Federal issue. regardless of this years political climate. There are so many hands out wanting tribute to go one way or the other it is sickening.
Proponents and opponents alike are showing the lack of integrity for a fair justice system, a fair administration system.
The root cause of addictive behavior or citizens. We as a whole believe we can control addictive behavior. Medicate if possible, incarcerate when necessary, profile for protection, assemble a enforcement of all addictive behavior. This has been a failure.
To make this work and some are of the conclusive ideals that we license addictive behavior it will pay for and administer itself.
So with this type of progressive thinking which has been tried for millenniums it's not new. 2500 year old shipwrecks have been found in the Mediterranean off of Greece, the flacks fill with Hash oil.
These early merchants the Carthaginians were the brokers of all products made from the Indica plant. Valuable fine oil, fabrics, hemp weavings.
To protect their market they enlisted a police protection force. These were called Hashins. They became so brutal that the name became over time through all the language transformations to assassin and the leaders of those groups established markets came up with name dialects Hussein.
That is our future if we make a market for so many to profit from. the idea of controlling behavior. Yea it has not worked for thousands it's been tried. Just wait for the shit storm of troopers rouge courts and no government oversight. We can call this new Department Of Marijuana License and Controls, assassins in waiting just a matter of time.
This is why I no longer vote for McCain, he just isn't the man I voted for in the 90's. What happened to that maverick, that stood up for his state and it's people, regardless,if his party agreed or not. I am a Democrat that voted for McCain because I liked that he stood up for all Arizonans....no longer....
Amusing to see Rat, aka, the Pima County Tea Party mouthpiece, try to spin a right-wing comment out of this! Apparently the Neanderthals only have read PART of the Constitution.
As a fellow Vietnam Veteran I have admired Sen McCain for many years. But he just lost my vote. What we don't need is another four years of demagoguery and obstructionism. I'm voting for Ann.
Arizona is number one in charter school choice and from 2011 to 2015 we were number one in combined math and reading gains on the NAEP test from 2011 4th grade to 2015 8th grsde.
This is how Republicans think these days: if they don't win then the rules must be unfair. Sen McCain should be ashamed of himself. He and so many of his fellow Republicans have become so arrogant that democracy is just a nuisance to them.
Too old. He's always said stupid stuff. Remember "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran? " He also shamelessly and cynically brought stupid people, like Sarah Palin, into national politics. People don't improve w/ age in their 80's. Anyone who has taken care of elderly relatives knows this.
The "Medical Marijuana Program" in Arizona is a Big-Money-Making SCAM supported by the Marijuana Drug Industry and their Supporters in the Arizona Legislature!
Marijuana use for Medical purpose should be supported by Scientific evidence, including Clinical Trials, and regulated by the FDA; closely monitored by the tending Physician and State Department of Health."Medical Marijuana" should be available by Prescription only (in a Pharmacy) issued by a License Physician.
All I can say is thank God we who can't afford private schools have an option besides our mediocre-to-awful public school system. More charter schools please.
The hell with McCain...this old used up dirtbag needs to be put out to pasture !...He has no platform and changes his mind everyday !.....another perfect example why they need to put term limits into place !
Prejudice – an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason. 2. any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
When any elected representative makes a statement that he/she will perform his/her duties in accordance to their own personal prejudices that elected official needs to go.
When party loyalty trumps serving ALL the constituents a representative democracy no longer exists. Unfortunately for America, he is not the only so-called representative to sell out the people to maintain good standing with a party.
Senator McCain is shucking his responsibility and playing irresponsible partisan politics. McCain has no idea who will be submitted for the SCOTUS seat, yet he thinks it's OK to say just say no all those submitted for review no matter how qualified they may be or their foundation. It's really high time to vote for McCain's opponent.
I would have loved to see info on the judges. I don't want lawyers views which are terribly biased. I wish we still had a media that worked to inform voters OF FACTS.
I hate to interrupt your contemplation of what you regard as encouraging developments at the national level with mundane and somewhat depressing local concerns, but the fact is that here in Arizona, the transparency of public district schools is far from what you assume it is. You state: "I know public schools don't always spend their money wisely, and they don't always do as good a job as we want them to do. But their finances and policies are far more transparent than charter schools, by law, so we can peer inside them more easily to see what's going on."
Arizona public district schools may be REQUIRED BY LAW to be more transparent, but in a context where enforcement of these laws is by no means effective or uniform, we cannot, in practice, "peer inside them more easily to see what's going on."
Did you notice the link "Supporting Public Ed Means Supporting Local Reform" posted on one of your recent blogs, David? In case not, here it is again, and I suggest you do what I did: click on it and read the reports, especially those pertaining to Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, Amphitheater School District Governing Board, Holladay Magnet Site Council, University High School Site Council, and the informal survey at the end of the report relating to public district site council laws and their implementation in selected local districts:
This report is not getting very much play in the local media. I wonder why. Perhaps because there are some people locally who believe, "Morale costs nothing in these tough fiscal times, and our schools need that morale to keep going in the face of adversity." In other words: Keep lying about or concealing what the ACTUAL conditions are in our public district schools, because if people knew how bad conditions have actually become, the charters might win this war we're fighting with them.
Sorry, but according to the very HIGH standards of people like you who champion TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY, that cannot be regarded as an appropriate attitude for an employee of a PUBLIC institution to adopt, can it David?
Is it just me, or is there much less reporting on local contested races here in Pima County this year? County races that are contested haven't been covered. Retention of AZ Supreme Court & Superior court judge recommendations, pro or con, haven't been covered. Early mail in ballots have been out for days & have to be mailed back in, so I'm hoping that The Weekly is going to start putting out a lot more information.
Now all we need is Bernie Sanders to go out and campaign for Hillary. The liberal takeover is complete:
Take a good look at the socialist corporations and our money that they have used against us.
Sanders may have conspired to make Hillary look moderate. The law will catch up with her.
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