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Re: “BASIS Schools: On Beyond Charters

There seems to be a trend on here, no matter what you ask about charter school transparency (little or none) is always met by, "oh yeah what about TUSD." Of course in this area you also have Flowing Wells and Amphi and Vail and Marana, etc, et. Al. But all if them don't equal charter school non-transparency, or diverting tax payer revenue intended for public schools to pay for PRIVATE school tuition,. According to the Arizona legislature, if you just launder it enough times it comes out pure.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 08/11/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Khizr Khan Calls On McCain To Rebuke Trump

Deep breaths, Debbi. The threat of Sharia law happening here is as real as the Easter bunny and the "war" on Christmas. You're sipping a big bowl of paranoid soup. How about a more legitimate threat to the women of America - Republican lawmakers?

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Posted by Peabo on 08/11/2016 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Khizr Khan Calls On McCain To Rebuke Trump

Full disclosure: Kahn has been a defacto Clinton "employee."

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Posted by Cranky Cowboy on 08/11/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Nintz has been on vacation. The Skinny should be back in action next week.

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Posted by Chelo Grubb on 08/11/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “BASIS Schools: On Beyond Charters

​Thinking_Allowed:

TUSD is relevant because it highlights the fact that it's not just HAVING laws ensuring transparency in public institutions on the books that matters. It is also enforcing them. This brings us to the heart of the issue: electing a governor and legislators who understand and value the proper functioning of public institutions.

It doesn't help to have laws on the books regulating public schools that are not enforced. It doesn't help to have court decisions in favor of public schools that are not enforced. What will make the difference in our public institutions is who is in elected office.

So let's not obscure that important fact by arguing that changing the laws governing charter schools is all that's needed to improve publicly funded education in Arizona. It's not.

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Posted by Get it right: elect people who value public institutions. on 08/11/2016 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Khizr Khan Calls On McCain To Rebuke Trump

I am begging you to vote McCain out of office.

Be very wary of Mr Khan. I encourage all women to understand what his support of Sharia Law would mean for them

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Posted by Debbi L on 08/11/2016 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Review: Hillary’s America: the Secret History of the Democratic Party

It's fairly well accepted that MLK was a serial adulterer and not only changed his political affiliation from R to D midcourse but also his morals and values. He was shot on the porch of where he was committing adultery which, believe it or not, the Bible lists as those who "shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven." It's unfortunate how people glorify and admire others who cannot be faithful to their own families. I am the first to condemn the Hasterts of the world but the lack of moral compass or respect for Judeo Christian values is mostly a Liberal problem. You can't Justify anger, pride, rebellion, deceit as anything other then sin. (You can in for a time in this life I suppose). IF this is at the heart of community organizing or BLM, it's still sin and God will set everything straight. If you believe or live for eternity, Since we cannot know if He is ever on our side, we should work hard to be on His. I found the movie historically accurate yet occasionally corny in how it's framed. It shouldn't offend democrats to hear things that are fact, just bc they may presented in an exaggerated way. Really, the whole thing is hogwash? I would guess The most unbiased and researched would find the evidence, aside from the dramatic enhancements, at LEAST 70% accurate. Informative movie, but hey I can find at least some truth in a mm film.

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Posted by nrw path on 08/11/2016 at 11:44 AM

Re: “"Have You No Sense of Decency?" Part 2: Decency Edition

Trump might be fooling some people. You are correct.

However, the sad part about this whole election cycle is that Democrats are continuing to support Hillary even knowing about her lack of ethics and malfeasance in both her personal and government life. That says far more bad about Democratic voters than it does about the Republicans.

For categorization purposes, I am voting for neither of the above, and you should not either. If you can't vote for Gary Johnson, at least cast a ballot for Jill Stein.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 08/11/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “BASIS Schools: On Beyond Charters

I agree. Throwing up TUSD (again) is a false equivalence. TUSD may well be a big, messy operation, but not all public school districts are. HOWEVER - we all know how much the TUSD super earns, was well as his free car, etc., etc., etc. because it is reported. The larger issue is that comparing (taxpayer supported) public school salaries and (taxpayer supported) charter school salaries is impossible. Charter schools can conceal and quite legally refuse to reveal how much they pay their executives and/or owner-operators. Nothing wonderful about that. Nada. Zip.

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Posted by Thinking_Allowed on 08/11/2016 at 11:37 AM

Re: “BASIS Schools: On Beyond Charters

RE how the problems in TUSD have to do, in part, with negligent or absent state oversight and enforcement of the laws on the books regulating public schools, read the comments on this piece, where you can compare and contrast former State Secretary of Education Huppenthal's opinions with those of other commenters:
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2016/07/28/tusd-enrollment-2000-to-2016-part-2

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Posted by How to explain the mess in TUSD on 08/11/2016 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Review: Hillary’s America: the Secret History of the Democratic Party

It's fairly well accepted that MLK was a serial adulterer and not only changed his political affiliation from R to D midcourse but also his morals and values. He was shot on the porch of a cheap motel where he was committing adultery which, believe it or not, the Bible lists as those who "shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven." It's unfortunate how people glorify and admire others who cannot be faithful to their own families. I am the first to condemn the Hasterts of the world but the lack of moral compass or respect for Judeo Christian values is mostly a Liberal problem. You can't Justify anger, pride, rebellion, deceit as anything other then sin. (You can in for a time in this life I suppose). IF this is at the heart of community organizing or BLM, it's still sin and God will set everything straight. If you believe or live for eternity, Since we cannot know if He is ever on our side, we should work hard to be on His. I found the movie historically accurate yet occasionally corny in how it's framed. It shouldn't offend democrats to hear things that are fact, just bc they may presented in an exaggerated way. Really, the whole thing is hogwash? I would guess The most unbiased and researched would find the evidence, aside from the dramatic enhancements, at LEAST 70% accurate. Informative movie, but hey I can find at least some truth in a mm film.

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Posted by nrw path on 08/11/2016 at 11:14 AM

Re: “BASIS Schools: On Beyond Charters

That sounds wonderful Thinking, but how do you explain the mess at TUSD? There has been decades of misuse of deseg money.

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Posted by Marilyn Tucson on 08/11/2016 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Great story this week. Puts things into perspective.

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Posted by David Deibel on 08/11/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Very nice note this week.

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Posted by David Deibel on 08/11/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “BASIS Schools: On Beyond Charters

Go to a School Board Meeting in a Public School District and you have an Agenda, a line-by-line Budget Report (including executive/administrative salaries, at that time of year), Robert's Rules of Order (e.g., "I second the motion."), attendance permitted to the press and public. Some sensitive matters (e.g., Personnel Matters) may not be openly discussed, but actual salary amounts are always reported/revealed. Just about every Public School District has this information right on its website. Now - where do we go to find out, specifically, how charter schools are spending taxpayer money? Please include exactly how much money, and what perquisites, are given to executives and/or administrators in charge.

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Posted by Thinking_Allowed on 08/11/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: "We Must Draw a Bright Red Line Between Political Speech and Suggestions of Violence"

Already anticipating the hysterical whining you ignorant, racist, cowards will throw up after Trump gets his ass handed to him in November. If he's man enough to stay in that long. Sounds like he's already groping for the escape hatch door. You threw your lot in with a huckster who wanted to elevate his brand, not run the country. Has that dawned on any of you yet?

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Posted by Peabo on 08/11/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “"Have You No Sense of Decency?" Part 2: Decency Edition

Trump can't fool all the people all the time, but he has been proving that he can fool some people all the time, every day, for over a year now.

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Posted by Thinking_Allowed on 08/11/2016 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: "We Must Draw a Bright Red Line Between Political Speech and Suggestions of Violence"

This might help you remember:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/07/caught-video-black-lives-matter-leader-calls-running-shooting-police/

http://universalfreepress.com/2015/blacklivesmatter-reveal-chilling-plan-its-open-season-for-killing-cops-and-crackers/

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/437694/black-lives-matter-hypocrisy-cheering-violence

http://hypeline.org/minutes-after-dallas-shooting-blm-radicals-call-for-death-of-cops-of-twitter/

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20160711-blacklivesmatter-kills-cops-fort-worth-police-group-claims-in-viral-post.ece

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/black-lives-matter-radio-host-calls-race-war-cop-killing

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 08/11/2016 at 9:46 AM

Re: “BASIS Schools: On Beyond Charters

I think you folks are confusing the fact that public schools now answer to no one. maybe that would be a good place to start. Looks like the elephant in the room to me.

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Posted by Marilyn Tucson on 08/11/2016 at 9:30 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Another week without the Skinny? :(

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 08/11/2016 at 9:29 AM

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