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Re: “Civil Action

Instant outrage is a byproduct of instant gratification. Can anybody wait for real facts? The levels of ignorance is astounding

What happened to the presumption of innocence? For everybody. Cell phone camera convictions? Shame on us.

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Posted by Rat T on 07/14/2016 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 55

An article titled “Public Schools? To Kansas Conservatives, They’re ‘Government Schools’” by Julie Bosman, printed in the New York Times July 9, 2016, might be a clue for Ducey’s so-called next step. Using semantics to demonize public schools as government schools the plan to further defund and ultimately eliminate public education in favor of charter schools in Arizona can continue. A long time ago, state and local governments were responsible for creating and maintaining infrastructures such as emergency services, utilities, medical and mental health facilities, and public education. Then the public fell for the politician’s lies that spinning all these services off to the private sector would “save” the tax payers money. So here we are today, paying more in taxes, getting less and paying more for services, and all the while money continues to disappear in a black hole inhabited by dark money special interests.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/13/2016 at 11:35 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 55

I couldn't agree more with the analysis of the commenter above. It saddens me that teachers were brought to such a desperate place that they would be willing to sell out their future chance at any type of prosperity for piddly scraps now. Of course, this was the strategy all along of Ducey-after all he takes his plays from the ALEC handbook. The cowardly capitulation on the part of the AEA and ASBA should give members of those organizations pause. I seriously question their leadership. Additionally, I would ask people to pay close attention to the recommendations of the Classrooms First folks. If you haven't taken a look at their initial suggestions, I strongly suggest you do so. It's not looking good-another shocking surprise. What a shame that all the energy so painstakingly harnessed for public education over the past couple of years was squandered on a shill like Prop 123.

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Posted by 🙄 on 07/13/2016 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 55

A good percentage of the population will believe, since 123 passed, that Ducey "did something" for education. They listen to the teachers who say, as the commenter above does, that they are "glad proposition 123 passed" and that as a result they received "long overdue raises," and thereby much of the pressure that had been building to increase funding to public ed -- and to do it in a PROPER way -- is dissipated.

It's only those who should have voted against 123 -- the teachers, their unions, the "education advocacy organizations," etc., who think, naively, -- stupidly, to put the accurate term on their behavior and attitudes -- that their capitulation should have resulted in "next steps." If they had been paying attention to what type of ALEC-influenced strategy 123 was and understood what the proper political response was -- to oppose 123, stating clearly why it was the wrong way to fund public ed and then marshaling all the pressure that was building behind increasing funding in the run-up to the November 2016 elections -- they might have had some chance of getting the right outcome.

As things stand, they've lost a good portion of their potential base: some, as I stated above, think something good has been done for public education and Ducey did it. Others are so disgusted with the establishment Democrats who endorsed the Prop that they're unwilling to get behind people who sold out or "held their noses" and voted for the proposition.

What a mess -- a mess complicated, in Southern Arizona, by the pitiful shenanigans of the crew running TUSD, progressives-in-name-only who seem to be taking several pages out of the Ducey-ALEC play book: inflate administrative salaries and give central administrators fat bonuses while keeping the professionals in the classrooms on poverty-level wages, outsource subs, agree with Graham-Keegan that the right response to the teacher supply crisis is to reduce teacher credentialing requirements, give deseg funding back to taxpayers and brag about "reducing expenses" in a tragically underfunded district, agree that deseg funding can be phased down once the deseg case is resolved (NOT sound deseg policy to anyone who understands deseg), in every possible way cooperate with the corporate over-testing agenda. The policy choices in TUSD for the past three years give the impression that HT Sanchez is a closer ally of Lea Marquez-Peterson, one of Ducey's chief allies in Southern Arizona, than he is of his supposed "boss" Adelita Grijalva, who looks very much like she's being duped by her ill-advised confidence in Sanchez and led to the edge of a "how-could-you-possibly-think-the-admin-behaviors-you-and-your-puppets-are-rubber-stamping-could-possibly-be-perceived-as-progressive?!" political suicide cliff.

But Safier persists with his inane Ducey-watch and pulls every punch when writing (or, more often, choosing not to write) about TUSD. His commentary is a waste of space in a supposedly "progressive" paper and an embarrassment to the party whose "interests" he pretends to promote.

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Posted by Supporting Public Ed Means Supporting Local Reform on 07/13/2016 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 55

As an educator in Phoenix, I was glad proposition 123 passed as I was then given a long overdue raise. I am happy that you are keeping the focus on the next step. Voters need to be reminded of what was promised for future funding so that come the next election they may make better choices.

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Posted by Tony Pantera on 07/13/2016 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

My wife an I love your place! We tell everyone and anyone about how cool it is! I’m sure you will make it through these economic doldrums!

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Posted by Bob Rodriguez on 07/13/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Sign of the Times

Wait, the four neighborhood's worked with the developers to get the businesses at the Bridges built, bringing jobs and opportunity to the neighborhoods that had been long neglected. A process was followed under city rules, that allowed consideration of the movie sign, and was approved and was only for the one location. Two people who don't live in any of the four neighborhoods, or even remotely in the area, make allegations that the neighborhoods were bought off and special favors were granted when the rules and process were followed. So where is the story? Not in this article. In the article its states Design View Committee and Review Design Committee when there is one committee, the Design Review Committee. The rules on the city books were followed on this. The neighborhoods wanted the theater but the Tucson Weekly, trying to get any circulation, puts out yet another negative story towards the south side and tries to continue the stereotype and prejudice long and wrongly associated on the residents.

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Posted by Roy Castro on 07/13/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 55

Anyone who thought Ducey was going to do something else for education -- or that he would be "moveable" on this issue through the pressure of interest groups and the public pronouncements of female clergywomen social justice advocates, stay-at-home mom education funding advocates, etc. -- should be sitting in the corner wearing a dunce cap, David, not filling space in a local paper and wasting the public's time with "Next Step Watch: Day 1, Day 5, Day 32, Day 36, Day 55.

Lest we forget:

When HT Sanchez was pushing Prop 123, he promised that the money TUSD received if the Proposition passed would be used to give teachers raises, and helped mobilize teachers, TEA, AEA, his media friends including Safier, etc., ad nauseam to beg the public to vote for the Proposition. Sanchez's actions, however -- giving only 30% of the 123 money, once it was received by TUSD, to teacher raises -- made it abundantly clear, he never had any intention of using the bulk of the money filched from the land trust to significantly raise the salaries of full time, permanent, professional teachers, in a district which is bleeding permanent, professionally qualified teachers at alarming rates and replacing them with impermanent, insufficiently professionally credentialed subs.

On the topic of subs, was any of the 123 money used to restore some of the damage done to their pay scale and benefits after their services were outsourced under the Sanchez administration? No. I suggest you watch the subs commenting in the Call to the Audience at last night's TUSD Board meeting, David. Then sit tight and watch your friends in the Board majority voting to approve a budget which has no improvements to their pay scales and (recently removed) benefits. The video of the meeting is not up yet, but once it is posted you can find it here:

In general I suggest you turn your binoculars -- and your condescension and sarcasm -- on subjects a little closer to home, David. There are several people in Southern Arizona who merit just as much mockery as you dish out to Ducey, but month after month goes by and you never give them what they deserve.

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Posted by Hit some targets closer to home, David. on 07/13/2016 at 3:48 PM
Posted by Larry McNeil on 07/13/2016 at 12:11 PM

Re: “California Looks Into K12 Inc. The Result: a $168.5 Million Settlement (or $2.5 Million, Depending on Who's Counting)

There once was a Troll from Tucson
Commenting in the dark with no clothes on
Like a bird on a wire not seeking to inspire
Just looking for something to poop on

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/13/2016 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

OMG, the comments, Readers can make comments about drug companies, chemical companies, the coal mining industries. All do evil activity against this earth and the people. Should they be barred to? But these are the companies controlling American and the world, they control the politicians. We citizens actually do not have a real voice for change. Politicians just use us to get elected.

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Posted by voicemadeknown on 07/13/2016 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

This is the face of paranoid schizophrenia.

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Posted by truttman on 07/13/2016 at 7:57 AM

Re: “California Looks Into K12 Inc. The Result: a $168.5 Million Settlement (or $2.5 Million, Depending on Who's Counting)

No. That sounds like something the NEA or public school hacks would do. What made you ask?

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 07/13/2016 at 5:33 AM

Re: “California Looks Into K12 Inc. The Result: a $168.5 Million Settlement (or $2.5 Million, Depending on Who's Counting)

Do you think K12 Inc. is one of those companies that would hire a social media company that hires individual contractors to monitor online postings and websites to make positive remarks repudiating anything negative posted about the company?

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/13/2016 at 12:38 AM

Re: “Danehy

Tom, your comments are slanted, but far less than usual. However, if you want a better example of digging in of heels and demonizing by both sides, take the abortion issue.

Both sides fear the camel's nose under the edge of the tent, so will not give an inch, when in reality, both sides want the same thing, and that is fewer unwanted children, and, despite what the right maintains, fewer abortions. However, no one from either side dares step forward, for fear of the purity police on both sides.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 07/12/2016 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

Sometimes it is better to keep your mouth shut, and be thought an idiot, than to open it and remove all doubt.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 07/12/2016 at 8:51 PM

Re: “California Looks Into K12 Inc. The Result: a $168.5 Million Settlement (or $2.5 Million, Depending on Who's Counting)

I work for K12 as a contractor. I can say I have only seen full commitment and dedication to the real and true value online education offers. In my view K12 as a whole and the folks I worked with do their best to produce a product which enhances choice, success and moves education forward.

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Posted by Dylan on 07/12/2016 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Danehy

In other words, "Okay, it's impossible to find a positive comment from What, Again...even though he's my hubby!?"

Did I actually hit the nail right on the head?

If so:

AZ/DC! : 2
Most Ignorant Couple Ever : -2

Thanks for playing!

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/12/2016 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Derby Needs a Home

Pretty girl

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Posted by AZ/DC on 07/12/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Danehy

Some people just try to be impossible. My spouse would rather I not waste time here because of all the ignorance. That may be right.

Have a nice day.

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Posted by Mary T on 07/12/2016 at 12:15 PM

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