Hurri, I asked questions because I wanted to tap into your experience since you have a child at Basis. My answer to the questions would be, students who don't measure up are held back a grade, or they're counseled out of the school, or the child or parent decides the school isn't right for them.
As for UHS poaching students, if you look at the post I linked to earlier, you'll see the Scottsdale stats are very similar.
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"The senior classes are about a third the size of the original 6th grade classes. The class of 2012 at Basis Tucson had 97 6th graders, and by the senior year, it only had 33 students."
Again to bring up my own kid's experience, when his eighth grade BASIS class took the University High exam, all of them passed, and all but one accepted placement at UHS. If his year was remotely typical, all you've documented is either (1) UHS' ability to poach high-achieving students or (2) that participating in big-time sports or band is appealing to a lot of high-achieving kids.
"What happens if a child at Basis scores very low on the diagnostic math test or looks like he/she won't perform well at current grade level? What happens when, at the end of the school year, a child looks like he/she doesn't have what it takes to keep up with the expected work load or achievement level? What happens if a student can't cut it taking an AP class in the 8th grade, or numerous AP classes in high school? Do those kids stay with their age group, or are they held back? Are they encouraged to leave, or do they see the writing on the wall and leave of their own volition?""
That's a lot of questions. Do you have any answers? Your paragraph quoted above just reads like lazy character assassination.
We feel so sorry for the millions of Jesus-freaky Arizonans who were salivating over passage of the patently hypocritical bill-of-intolerance their governor vetoed.
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Hurri, I understand you haven't read my earlier posts about BASIS, but I say regularly that University High is very selective, and the schools have similar achievement results. Both schools are selective. It's just that UHS admits it, and BASIS likes to call itself non-selective. To say Basis is selective isn't a criticism, it's an observation.
What happens if a child at Basis scores very low on the diagnostic math test or looks like he/she won't perform well at current grade level? What happens when, at the end of the school year, a child looks like he/she doesn't have what it takes to keep up with the expected work load or achievement level? What happens if a student can't cut it taking an AP class in the 8th grade, or numerous AP classes in high school? Do those kids stay with their age group, or are they held back? Are they encouraged to leave, or do they see the writing on the wall and leave of their own volition?
The senior classes are about a third the size of the original 6th grade classes. The class of 2012 at Basis Tucson had 97 6th graders, and by the senior year, it only had 33 students. To see charts of attendance rates at Basis Tucson and Scottsdale, you can go to a post I wrote about a year ago on Blog for Arizona: http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2013/04…
All this sounds to me like a multi-pronged selection process that ensures the students can achieve at the expected level or they're weeded out one way or another.
So the Tucson Citizen, as a local daily newspaper (which I rarely read and didn't much like, but still...), goes down and is reduced to an archive and blog site. Then when that goes down, the only vestige remaining of it is going to be, of all things, sports?
I mean I know people love them some sports, but something is wrong when an organization that once reported on - and was read by - an entire community is distilled down to... sports?
"Aging"? She's only 65, you nit wit. My father is in his early 60's, lives alone in a rural, semi-isolated area & manages just fine. Should we ship all ppl. over 55 to nursing homes for their, & our poor, helpless law enforcement officers, safety? We don't want any little old ladies hurting them, after all. The fact remains that she didn't fire at an officer, something even the officer stated. Why is she being treated like she is a violent criminal? She is receiving a harsher punishment than some rapists, pedophiles, child abusers & ppl. who commit vehicular homicide. Ridiculous!
"Yes, BASIS kids can pass any test, because the charters use a three-pronged selection process to guarantee their schools are filled with the best, brightest and most motivated students in the area. "
Citation please. My BASIS kid walked in - they had room for him - and he was in. The only "selection" was a diagnostic math test to decide where to start him.
Funny how I never see this kind of criticism of the inarguably test-in (public) University High.
I don't think Pancrazi represents Tucson ; )
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Rep. Kwaswman stands by and listens to politicians lie to his face all day long, every day at the legislature, just won't tolerate it in his district! LOL
Betts, TUSD has significant monetary resources, but it is spent on things unrelated to education:
1. Maintaining empty school buildings around the city that TUSD has closed, I think it is something like $50,000 per year for these buildings.
2. Lawyer bills to deal with what are at this point frivolous attacks by the MALDFEF/Desegregation/Unitary Status mess which only put real money in the pockets of lawyers.
3. $500,000 for a pr campaign. Good PR starts with doing the right thing in the beginning, such as having a fair and open process for the selection of the superintendent.
4. Dishonesty/corruption at TUSD, TUSD's Property Control Department was under criminal investigation for selling expensive school equipment for pennies on the dollar for personal profit of the employees.
5. $91,000 for an outside consulting firm that H. T. Sanchez wants to work for in the future.
Also, if many students graduate without really being able to read, how exactly will a fancy new school building improve this? All of TUSD's schools are handsome brick buildings with large playgrounds, (unlike public schools in certain urban areas).
TUSD needs a comprehensive nutrition program for low-income, and even middle income students as good nutrition is an important part of staying awake/active in school. TUSD needs to get students using in the home and at school, but this will take TUSD decades.
TUSD school board needs to get back to the fundamentals, and forget about the political battles and scheming. School districts aren't the source of what is ill with society, they are places where students should get a decent, dare say good, education.
Talk about jumping to conclusions, Mike where did it state she was under the influence of narcotics? Marijuana is not a narcotic, and neither are most antidepressants?
I know of several instances where has Pinal County Sheriff's department has made up "evidence" to support mis-steps, can they really justify not responding to her calls when the guy she's complaining about has a history of domestic violence/assult and an outstanding warrant for arrest? If those deputies had been doing their jobs in the first place, it seems like this wouldn't have escalated to this point. How would you protect yourself from a neighbor like Mr. Fay is the sheriff's department had stopped responding to your calls?
I completely agree with the family, if she had been in Pima County, she wouldn't be in jail right now.
Thank you, Governor Brewer. You have stared into the eyes of Cathi Herrod and the Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) and said "No more! I am the Governor of Arizona. I am no longer going to be bullied by you. I am taking the mantel of leadership back."
Now - if we can just repeal what's left of SB 1070, fix CPS, get some real oversight of private prisons, accountability of charter schools and support public education and the Common Core (call it what it is!) with the financial resources it needs and stop this "we don't want Washington to tell us what to do mentality," - we'd really just begin to get on the right track track before you leave office...
My impression of this "strategic session" was that it was simply a networking event for the new superintendent, H. T. Sanchez, who is unfamiliar with Tucson. Of course, there is a fair amount of controversy as Sanchez is demanding the right to avoid consulting gigs under $100,000, (this one was $91,000) as his department awarded the monies to a group in Texas that he wants to work for in the future.
Two TUSD board members asked the AZ attorney general to investigate as this looks and smells very bad. Sanchez sounds like a smooth operator in public, but behind closed doors it appears that he has bullied the TUSD school board, first by demanding that he get the job without any other candidates being considered, and secondly that he demand more control of TUSD's purse strings to award consulting gigs.
Can TUSD demonstrate that this was more than a very expensive 'feel good' session? TUSD can't brainstorm itself out of the box it put itself in with regards to apparent corrupt hiring processes and the awarding of consulting contracts, declining enrollment as parents vote with their feet, and the politicization and very un-critical thinking curriculum of the MAS classes.
It is no secret that the Latino vote is split in this country, probably because the Latino community is very diverse itself, but I think that Grijalva, Adelita and her Raul, are kinda trying to use TUSD to push their political ideology in the form of the MAS classes.
The problem is that student's time in class is a precious quantity and students need to learn critical thinking skills which will help them succeed (I kinda think that TUSD/MAS figure that the vast majority of TUSD students won't, and don't want, to go to college), so MAS doesn't help the student sharpen these skills, just pushes them on a certain path in terms of looking at the world.
Please tell me this tournament will be back again next year. Also please tell me that if you buy a practice round ticket you can get a discounted ticket to the tournament... otherwise it becomes a VERY expensive two days.
$230,000,000 pissed away with Rio Nuevo and nothing to show for it. Potholes so bad that my teeth rattle every time I drive the car. But I have to read about Joan L's Tree Canopy for Tucson..... So when are you going to Washington to fight for the A-10? I have only Ron Barber speak out for it so far. Guess the hippies and Progressives and illegal aliens don't care. (That's 6/10 of the Tucson population.)
This town is circling the drain.
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