When Amphi chose Vicki Ballantine as their supe, the board created a citizens committee to review and score applications. The ten finalists were scored down to three finalists and then those finalists attended community forums and answered questions. Those meetings were well attended, considering how small Amphi is compared to TUSD.
Dr. Sanchez may be a fine man, but sending just one candidate to the community was the wrong thing to do. It eliminated the community input and potential support necessary for a candidate to be successful. I will always wonder, why the board didn't allow other applicants to be vetted by the stakeholders.
It looks like the fix is in. How could they have only one finalist? This kind of thing will be happening all over the country in Schumer's amnesty bill goes through.
Let me think about this. Medicaid expansion in AZ will increase employment in the medical fields. The hospitals in AZ will be paid thru Medicaid for more of their low income patients. Following our current laws, the hospitals must treat all patients, whether they can pay or not. More low income residents will be able to receive preventive medical care. Voting in the Medicaid expansion will mean AZ receives $8B total from the federal government, covering AZ's additional Medicaid costs.
Sounds like it's a good idea to vote for medicaid expansion. In fact, I don't see why any logical person would vote against it.
Ed, ya shoulda been there.
I was disappointed by the small turnout for HT Sanchez's forum. The audience was comprised mostly of TUSD teachers - but it was on short notice. Good to see the governing board was there, as was Sylvia Campoy who represents the Montoya plaintiff in the deseg case. There's a few other people I can think of that should have been there.
And of course, Sanchez presented himself well.
Applause was understandably polite - we've all gotten sick on this ride before.
Mari, you've probably gotten nauseous a few time over the years of covering this - what did you think of him?
I have concerns, but I'm proud to say I'm still hopeful.
Seems like a huge waste of money to widen Grant rd. Why not
make Grant one way Eastbound and make Speedway one way
Westbount and save a few million dollars.
Huummmm! I have to wonder "where" his teenage son got his Racist attitude and vocabulary from? I'm sure he didn't get any of it from his father.
Ed, it's part of the deseg plan, so who ever get's this job is still gonna have to deal with things like Chicano literature, etc. We may as well find out what he thinks, but hell math and science are still part of the curriculum ... you didn't think Tom Horne would let us get rid of that, did you?
Frank, there's a reason you weren't re-elected...get it?
And by the way.. your Tony Soprano act just plays out like you're a wannabee...
Fire up the your base, so people will know who they are, and avoid them at all costs...
I thought things were pretty civil. Neither one of us resorted to name calling or cursing. I thought that I handled the low key trolling I received pretty well. But hey, your domain, your call. Also, I referred to the correction as "clandestine" because there was no direct acknowledgement to me for pointing out what I thought was either a mistake or a joke that went over my head. I'm definitely not butt-hurt over this though, I've always got bigger fish to fry. Regards, DC
P.S. I waste enough time making comments around these parts, why would I wanna waste my time at the ADS site? Plus, I don't believe in Facebook or anything they stand for (or against) so I will not be able to have anything to do with the ADS comment section here in the near future.
"The Incidence of Rape Resulting in Pregnancy Are Very Low"
Hell, let's be extreme about it and say they are "non-existent."
That still doesn't mean that he or any other extreme politician or religious zealot should be making decisions about issues that invade a woman's privacy. This is so above and beyond the scope of idiocy. It's comforting to know that at least there are members of his own party who realize he is a genuine asshat.
For once I'm in accordance with Frankie. It is awesome. If the base of the republican party is furious then someone is doing something right.
Steve, there are differing opinions on whether the expansion will be subject to referendum, but I suppose some of it may depend on what the final legislation looks like.
Attorney Jeff Rogers, the former chair of the Pima County Democratic Party, is among those who think a referendum is possible.
I don't think it really matters who the next superintendant is as TUSD has suffered so much trauma this past year that the picture isn't going to be pretty the next five years. Pedicone trashed the Tucson community, blabbering about how the bond issue didn't pass. Well, parents of TUSD students overwhelming voted yes, though because TUSD admin wanted something like 50% of the pie it didn't pass.
Oh, the FBI is investigating TUSD Ops department for selling "surplus" equipment like electronic white boards in broad daylight and pocketing the money. Something like $500,000 in equipment was given away. Oh, and TUSD was going to spend $500,000 on a new logo and advertising.
TUSD is too big. It needs to be split into two districts, plain and simple. Eastside got gutted as TUSD's bean crunchers think we're going to bolt to charter schools.
I'm glad the new guy is young, perhaps less like Pedicone who looked down on TUSD's parents, students and teachers, though as there is only one candidate, this isn't a choice for the board and on the surface it looks like a potential corruption issue as the TUSD school board paid a *ton* of money to a search firm, and all it got them was one candidate.
I see the new sup. as a peacemaker, (I guess I'm naively judging this on his being a devout Christian), who can figure out how to deal with the MAS issue. TUSD's has a history of special school programs for minorities which engender a lot of anger. I saw it as a student with MeCHA, and MAS seems to be the same. I don't think these programs "work", (the studies are biased), and they make the TUSD classroom a hostile place for those who don't see the world through racism-tinged glasses and hatred.
Sadly, the new path to success in Tucson runs mostly through Catalina Foothills, (or maybe you're smart enough to get into UHS), then you go to the U of A or another college doing a science/math related field. Latino and non-Latino parents know that putting your kid in a school with MAS and TUSD lunacy means likely not finishing school, or having a warped view of the world, and then dropping out of college, if you make it that far.
Schooling is way too early to politicize kids, quite possibly with warped ideas of how the world works. Kids should be joining Science Club, Chess Club, Math Club . . . and other clubs, not MAS. Mexican American Studies is just one major out of probably hundreds at the U of A. The U of A is *wonderful* opportunity in Tucson's backyard with phenomenal programs in astronomy, biological sciences, mathematics, and on and on. Just flip through the schedule of classes. TUSD shouldn't assume that Latino students just care about a small subset of Latino activists that teach critical race theory, there is so much more to the world!
Adelita and the rest of the TUSD school board should forget about MAS and focus on more helpful, but politically exciting topics like diabetes education, science and math prep for Latinos . . .
I'm wondering who is going to fund the court fight to get said referendum on the ballot since budget bills are not subject to referendum.
He has a lot more to apologize for.
No doubt Marc, no doubt ... thanks for adding another question.
The incidence of rational thought occurring in Trent Frank's mind before his mouth begins to speak is very low.
Mari, missing pronouns notwithstanding, there is one more question that must be asked, "With a wife that was just appointed as a principal in Texas and two small children to uproot, and knowing the microscope that TUSD operates under on a daily basis, why do you want this job?"
Doesn't he have any real work to do at his job? He is the slimeball, who is going to be paying for his referendum?
Yes, my Isadoro, it was a fast one ... thank you both. Back at the keyboard.
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