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Re: “Arizona DREAMers Rally at UA: We Deserve In-State Tuition

Most DREAMers like Dario have lived here ever since they were small children. They are residents in every sense of the word and should pay in-state tuition just as all other residents do.
It makes no sense to deny our residents an education. The education of DREAMers will benefit them, our communities and our economy.

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 04/29/2015 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Arizona Board of Education Set to Review Common Core

A similar story in the New Herald on line ( says "before the end of the 2015 school year," which could be taken to mean the 2015-16 school year rather than the current school year.

To me it's a stretch to expect that a conscientious and complete review and revision or replacement of the AzCCRS could be accomplished during the next 3 months.

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Posted by Ronald Tiekert on 04/29/2015 at 4:57 PM
Posted by Chase on 04/29/2015 at 4:55 PM

Re: “The Dish at Rum Runner to Close, Re-Open as Tasting Room

So sad was the only place in Tucson this Celiac could eat and never felt ill. Wonderful folks we wish you boundless success! ! Scott & DD

Posted by DeeDee Skinner on 04/29/2015 at 4:52 PM

Re: “First Amendment Forum Tonight

Just remember one of the Baltimore Council members and the Mayor wanted to give them "room to destroy" and exercise their "first amendment rights." They wound up having oil /fuel based IEDS exploded on street corners.

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Posted by David W on 04/29/2015 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Shining a Light on Rosemont Copper's "Good Citizen" Gambit

This light situation is no different than BP lighting at illegal checkpoints. Or the soccer fields at Kino.

Rule #1

If you open a business in the Tucson area expect to be harassed by the politicians and their minions.

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Posted by David W on 04/29/2015 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Shining a Light on Rosemont Copper's "Good Citizen" Gambit

Just for the record, Old Pueblo, in May last year, I went to BASIS Tucson North and talked with Julia Toews, Head of the school, to discuss what I'd written in an earlier post. I offered her the opportunity to write a post on The Range in response. Here's what she wrote.…

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Posted by David Safier on 04/29/2015 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Shining a Light on Rosemont Copper's "Good Citizen" Gambit

I am sorry to say that a life-time of experience with such commitments never improves after the first breach. I have been a moderate backer of the mine since this is copper country, but good faith being breached right after being committed to, sends a warning sign for future pledges, as listed in the article. So this writer, and the general citizenry, has much to fear from their entrance to our area.
Is Dark Skies important? Sure it is. But it's violation has a symbolic warning of greater magnitude.

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Posted by William K Pederson on 04/29/2015 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Shining a Light on Rosemont Copper's "Good Citizen" Gambit

Blame it on BASIS. I can't take anything you copy from other articles seriously since you refuse to visit a BASIS school and actually interview anyone.

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Posted by Old Pueblo Independent on 04/29/2015 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Unpacking Washington Post's "Most Challenging High Schools" List

David Safier. At this point you are not a journalist, you are a hack with an agenda. You have yet to write an actual article about BASIS. All you do is leech and piggy back on others work and even the comments on their articles.
If you actually debated anyone on the Board, or any of the teachers, you would be publicly embarrassed and the Tucson Weekly would have to ask you to resign out of disgust.
I double dog dare you to visit basis and actually perform interviews and engage in research.

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Posted by Old Pueblo Independent on 04/29/2015 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Join the Conversation about Mass Incarceration in America at the YWCA

Before we get too excited about what the Koch brothers are interested in (and any side for that matter) I think everyone should read this article about our prison system:

It is dated 2011, but it has only gotten worse. They are no humanitarians.

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Posted by Guardians on 04/29/2015 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Unpacking Washington Post's "Most Challenging High Schools" List

Blue Zona, I appreciate the correction. The new campuses high on the list are Oro Valley and Chandler. As you say, Tucson North is the new high school campus for the earlier school. All three schools have small senior classes, and that, along with the AP-heavy BASIS curriculum, creates their high score.

However, your point about Scottsdale is shaky. It was moved to the "elite" list because its average SAT scores were so high, which means, according to the WaPo articles, it has "no, or almost no, average students." Again according to the articles, BASIS Scottsdale "has become so popular with the parents of high-achieving students that its average SAT and ACT scores now exceed our limit, and it must be moved to this [elite] list." That reinforces the statement I've made many times: that the BASIS schools attract top students, which means their achievement can't be compared to schools with a wider academic mix. As Pima Mujer says in the comment above, BASIS can prove the power of its method by opening a school in a low income area and see how well it does educating a sampling of those students.

BASIS provides a challenging curriculum and a challenging environment for students who are able to meet the challenge. The rest either don't enroll or fall by the wayside. BASIS should state that openly rather than referring to itself as an open-enrollment school to imply it does a superior job with a random assortment of students.

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Posted by David Safier on 04/29/2015 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Media Watch

Thanks, Arizona Daily Star, for this important update on Arizona Public Media. AZPM's news coverage and original programming are outstanding. It is up to our community to keep it financially strong by investing in AZPM; but only 1 in 10 of AZPM's audience members now contributes! Let's step up, Tucson, by continuing to invest in this local treasure - and encouraging our friends and neighbors to do the same.

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Posted by Lois Eisenstein on 04/29/2015 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Company Cleans Up The Fox Theatre

Put a bounty on their heads and let's pay bounty hunters. Finally some jobs created by the Mayor and Council. Pass an ordinance.

$250 each for identifying/$500 per conviction for the perpetrator/s...It would be a better waste of our tax dollars than the current programs.

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Posted by Rat T on 04/29/2015 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Company Cleans Up The Fox Theatre

Are these creepy "taggers" ever caught? There are numerous instances of their "art" around Tucson and the surrounding county with much graffiti abatement activities. I never, however, read in any news outlet about the prosecution of the offenders.

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Posted by JCC on 04/29/2015 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Company Cleans Up The Fox Theatre

Nice job.
Hope they installed cameras so they can catch the little darlings next time.

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Posted by bslap on 04/29/2015 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Join the Conversation about Mass Incarceration in America at the YWCA

Great issue. It's our great shame as a free nation that we lead the world in incarceration rates.
I was surprised to hear on NPR that this is a major issue the Koch brothers are involved with (on the good side for once!). So there's money and interest on both sides of the political spectrum.

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Posted by bslap on 04/29/2015 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Unpacking Washington Post's "Most Challenging High Schools" List

Basis North, Basis Oro Valley, Basis Scottsdale.

Where's BASIS South Tucson or BASIS Nogales?

Actually I think it's kind of funny that going to BASIS is like a status symbol, so the Blocks are actually leeching children from excellent public schools like CDO and Cat Foothills. The minuscule senior class size means that most students return to those schools, because a well-rounded education with music, art and socializing with a diverse community is a better deal for most kids.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 04/29/2015 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Join the Conversation about Mass Incarceration in America at the YWCA

Thank you for posting this Heather! I sent you the wrong info on the November session it will be on the 18th instead of the 11th:)

Posted by eulaliane on 04/29/2015 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Does Supervisor Ally Miller's Chief of Staff Want To Unseat Supervsior Ray Carroll?

The hand picked tool of Raul Grijalva, Ray Carroll has done nothing, nothing but filled the seat. He's every bit the no growth, no jobs, no future liberal as the rest of the commie leaders of Tucson. Good luck to any opposition.

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Posted by What, Again on 04/29/2015 at 4:33 AM

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