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Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

PS: We've lived a lot of places. Chambers of Commerce, regional business groups and mayors usually work to support school leaders because they know how vital the schools are to the economic, civic, and social vitality of their hometown.

What's striking in Tucson is not that these groups are trying to support the 48,000+ kids in the local schools by supporting the school district's leadership.

What DOES stand out: that a Chamber of Commerce has become so alarmed at how the school board is handling this situation that they released this statement:
http://tucsonchamber.org/one-to-one-from-mike-varney/a-dark-day-in-tucson-ii/

It's no small thing for a business group of varying interests & political inclinations to speak so plainly about a politically-charged situation. I appreciate that they did - it's too important for the city to ignore.

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Posted by Kindness Counts on 03/09/2017 at 9:18 PM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

The author of this article doesn't have to "claim" the mayor and Tucson Chamber of Commerce president supported the TUSD superintendent. They did support the superintendent. Why spin it to imply there is editorializing in reporting this factual statement?

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Posted by Kindness Counts on 03/09/2017 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Editors Note

I just read the recent articles related to TUSD and the board meetings. I also read the comments.

What stands out in the comment section:
--Insults.
--A lot of adult names (Rachel/Adelita/Judy/Kristle, etc.), with vitriol about perceived who-did-what-to-who
--Partisan commentary

Missing from the commentary: Constructive, thoughtful conversation about the 48,000+ kids in Tucson who attend TUSD schools. The families. The teachers. The volunteers. The principals. There's a lot of really good people in these groups working hard right now to do right by kids and improve the schools. All these groups, of course, really pay the price each time the school board is used as a partisan [and obviously personal] grudge-match.

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Posted by Political Punching Bags on 03/09/2017 at 8:54 PM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

Kindness Counts,

Try reading the last three 'paragraphs'. The author of this blog is attempting to undermine or de-legitimize the new board member by claiming that our mayor and the president of the local Tucson Chamber of Commerce supported Sanchez. She wrote the exact same sequence in her previous two blog posts, so this is not a one off.

I dare the blog author to find a mayor or president of the Chamber of Commerce who have ever publicly opposed any school superintendent in Tucson. Can you find one example in the entire history of Tucson?

Varney and Mayor Rothschild are politicians and they will publicly support the next superintendent as well, because baring some major controversies, this is a part of their job. Either Ms. Khmara knows this and is digging deep to take Ms. Sedgwick down a notch or two OR Ms. Khmara is incompetent and cannot connect the dots. Either way that sentence doesn't add any important information and only reveals the authors bias and/or poor journalistic instincts.

Add this to her previous blog posts and you will get even more context and you can see the first posters point pretty clearly. The TW has a big bias on this issue and many other regarding TUSD. I personally believe that if Sanchez's last name were Smith, the TW would've called for his removal long ago based on his performance and some of the scandals that took place during his short tenure.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/09/2017 at 8:44 PM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

Maybe you should read the other FIVE posts on the district published by the same author recently. And then read the comments on them.

In a democracy the media is the "fourth estate." They have a critically important role to play in making sure the electorate is informed about what is going on in public institutions and how elected officials are doing in the roles with which the voters have entrusted them.

This publication has done a miserable job with TUSD for the entirety of the three and a half years I have been following what they write on the district. Now they are publishing a slew of heavily slanted, tendentious articles and blog posts about the change in the composition of the TUSD Board and the resignation of the TUSD Superintendent. These are both events for which they, in their conspicuously biased and MIA-on-many-crucial-issues "coverage" of the district, are partially responsible.

And now, with the district in this difficult, sad, and complicated situation , they "help" the Tucson community by publishing multiple barely-edited perhaps-not-even-reviewed-before publication posts by a completely new blogger?

Enough already. Competence counts. Accuracy counts. It's ultimately Herreras who is responsible for the quality of coverage. So let's see her accept the blame and correct the problem.

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Posted by In Journalism, Competence & Accuracy Count on 03/09/2017 at 8:44 PM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

After seeing the first comment here, I had to re-read the article to see what offensive/'bloggy'-type thing I must have missed.

Summary: The TUSD board dumped their superintendent in a public meeting. The next meeting, they did not have an interim backup plan yet. Some pro/cons about the superintendent that was forced to resign.

Not sure how that justifies a withering, condescending personal attack on the author?

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Posted by Kindness Counts on 03/09/2017 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Editors Note

Why are TUSD stories by Danyelle Khmara multiplying like rabbits, many of them re-postings of the same information?

Is someone hoping that they'll wear the commenters out and eventually people will stop doing, in the comment streams, the job Khmara and other TW bloggers and reporters have a hard time doing in the main post: providing reasonably complete and balanced information on TUSD?

Ms. Herreras: TUSD is a complicated subject. You shouldn't take young bloggers and throw them in at the deep end of the pool. Perhaps David Safier is taking one of his periodic "personal breaks" from trying to propagandize about the district. He won't be missed. But if you're trying to fill in the gaps, do please try to find someone who didn't just start watching Board meetings last month and who has no on-the-ground experience in the schools with which they can compare the BS various factions dish out as "information."

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Posted by Weak media coverage is part of the problem. on 03/09/2017 at 8:10 PM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

Why are TUSD stories by Danyelle Khmara multiplying like rabbits, many of them re-postings of the same information?

Is someone hoping that they'll wear the commenters out and eventually people will stop doing, in the comment streams, the job Khmara and other TW bloggers and reporters have a hard time doing in the main post: providing reasonably complete and balanced information on TUSD?

Ms. Herrera: TUSD is a complicated subject. You shouldn't take young bloggers and throw them in at the deep end of the pool. Perhaps David Safier is taking one of his periodic "personal breaks" from trying to propagandize about the district. He won't be missed. But if you're trying to fill in the gaps, do please try to find someone who didn't just start watching Board meetings last month and who has no on-the-ground experience in the schools with which they can compare the BS various factions dish out as "information."

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Posted by Yet again: better coverage of TUSD is needed. on 03/09/2017 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Political Theater: McSally Schedules Town Hall Just in Time To Scramble Critics

McSally is one of the brightest out there, but as far as being able to talk to people, take in what they are saying, she is severely lacking. We've had representatives of both parties who held office for a long time, and they seemed to love talking to the local people about upcoming legislation and voted across the aisle on some things that matter. I don't appreciate her straight ticket votes in Washington.

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Posted by MaryE2 on 03/09/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

I would like TUSD's board to get a handle together on what has to be done; maybe figure out areas for each board member to report to the others - something! Lots of wasted time, effort and money due to the board's continual changing of the superintendent over the years as well as bad behavior acting as a group. We need to HELP someone get good at the job and then support them. Politics should be the least thing.

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Posted by MaryE2 on 03/09/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

This is a nicely done article. He is a true jewel of Tucson. Thanks Cyril!

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Posted by nutridawg on 03/09/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Tucson Book Fest: A Conversation with Evan Thomas, author of "Being Nixon: A Man Divided"

I would say that you're drinking the Kool-Aid Russians Again, but it's gotta be something even stronger.

You're just the kinda guy the Orange Emperor loves. The kinda guy who believes all the BS that comes out of his mouth, even when there is no evidence to back it up.

No one should ever pay attention to anything posted by someone with the words "Russians" and "Again" in their username on the TW site.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 03/09/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

Anyone who has watched even a single Board meeting during the last 4 years knows how unprofessionally the Board was managed by the previous majority and how unbelievably bitchy and rude Kristel Foster is. If you want the main source of SNARK and discord she is IT, in spades. Also, she lies. Lying is her modus operandi, her raisin d'etre. That and loudly applauding every gaffe of HT Sanchez's to drown out the sound of the entire district groaning in agony under his incredibly inept mismanagement of the schools. I half expected her to melt like the Wicked Witch of the West when he resigned. She was so relentlessly focused on cleaning up HT's shit for him and dousing it with perfume to make it smell like roses that it made one wonder if she would be able to find a new purpose in life once she didn't have to occupy herself 24/7 with that project.

It is laughable that anyone could be predicting -- or wanting -- a future return of the prior majority after what has just happened: they brought Dr. Disaster into town, kissed Dr. Disaster's ass constantly for 3 and 1/2 years instead of SUPERVISING him, which was their JOB, and applauded while he damaged the schools. What happened in November 2016 was the natural consequence of their bad choices and they should have expected that their employee (who, strangely, always seemed to act more like their boss) would have a short shelf life after the majority changed.

Now? They should stop throwing temper tantrums and slinging mud and act like the adults this community needs for governing board members in a district serving almost 50,000 students.

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Posted by Yes. DO go watch a Board meeting. on 03/09/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

You want to see dysfunction? Attend a TUSD board meeting sometime. The fact is, Hicks and Stegeman are to the main instigators of backbiting, bureaucratic games and general get-nothing-done attitude that has effected the boards ability to function as a meaningful instrument of change. I expect things will only get worse now that Sanchez has been forced out.

This is PURE partisan politics and nothing more. TUSD just took a serious loss. Unfortunately the kids in TUSD schools will have to wait out this period of conservative back-slapping for the pendulum to swing back the other way, where if we're lucky (and people actually WATCH what is really happening on the board before they form an opinion) it will smack Stegeman straight in the face.

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Posted by Go to a Board meeting on 03/09/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Tucson Book Fest: A Conversation with Evan Thomas, author of "Being Nixon: A Man Divided"

"The dark side won." Interesting comparison as we found out last weekend that the Obama administration wire tapped Trumps phones and shared info with the HRC campaign. It will take a long time to see all the ways he fundamentally transformed America.

Many times the UK Telegraph and Breitbart publish the truth that the so called media hide from us.

Don't let fear hold you back. You weren't afraid of a lying President.

Can he and HIllary both be charged with campaign fraud?

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Posted by The Russians Hacked My Email Again on 03/09/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

They aren't the problem, unless you are a Grijalva supporter.

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Posted by TUSD should be ashamed on 03/09/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

The Board will be in a far better place once Hicks and Stegeman are removed.

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Posted by Robert Rowley on 03/09/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Grandmas, the Declaration of Independence and Cursive

Sorry, but this Grandma learned how to print & write in cursive in 3rd grade. And yes, I did read parts of the Bill of Rights in cursive; a traveling display of "original copies" that were on display in the Capitol of Utah (in Salt Lake City) in 2002. What I find really annoying in your commentary is your apparent blind faith in the fact that all published documents will perennially be available if you just put your hands on a keyboard. Some people have books, documents, diaries, personal letters written in cursive; on paper & much needed &/or necessary. Wouldn't it be funny, in a future world, that we "grannies" were able to have a "secret language" and would be massively recruited to decode old documents, just because we could read cursive??

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Posted by tiredofpc on 03/09/2017 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Thank you so much for the insightful article about Rock. I'm glad you got to know the man behind the art and share it. Everyone has a story, and Rocks is very inspiring. I hope the world sees this and his phone rings off the hook with jobs. He has a lot to share and can truly make the world a more beautiful place. ROCK on!

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Posted by Julielp on 03/09/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

What a great artist and person. I have had the pleasure of meeting him and discussing his art with him on a few occasion, he is authentic, detailed and invested in Tucson, even if he does not live here anymore. I really wish that the City of Tucson would understand the value of art and place more of an impetus in funding it. A city sponsored 'artist in residency' program would be a great place to start and a sure signal to artists that they are wanted and supported here in Tucson.

We now have a lot of economic data and multiple research papers have demonstrated that every dollar a community spends on the arts is multiplied by a factor of 5 or 6 in the economy. It has been shown in these studies that there is a cause and effect. Spending money on the arts is good for the local economy, period.

How much would it take to get Rock to move back to Tucson and call it home again? I think he would be a great candidate for our first artist in residence. Come on Tucson!

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/09/2017 at 12:28 PM

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