Safier mentions that 11 schools were closed and the district made "other deep cuts" because of the $17 million deficit. I recall very clearly what our site went through in the wake of the budget cuts -- how parents, teachers, and staff struggled to patch our school's operations together through any means we could lay our hands on while our petitions to 1010 went unanswered day after day and week after week. The only possible excuse for what happened on our site was that the district was flat out of money. And during this period Sanchez beefed up central administration, gave generous bonuses to his team, and increased the district's reserve from $14 million to $20 million? What are we to think of this story? This is outrageous.
Wow here we go again , I suppose none of you have ever misspoken about something in your life. Wow he had a bankruptcy, I know a lot of people with those, some bigger politicians then Hicks, the name Clinton comes to mind. Maybe he learned something from this bankruptcy that would benefit TUSD. I wouldn't discredit any of the people I know going through them , times have been hard for a long time now. Maybe you haven't had to go through one Mr. Safier, good for you, but don't criticize someone for it. Remember there are other board members , you make it out like Hicks will be the dictator of TUSD . This was a shameful attack that you never should have undertaken. It not only discredits you but the Tucson Weekly also. What skeletons are in your closet, or in Grihalvas, Or Sanchez'. You never took up my challenge to write my story about what TUSD administration , and Grijalva did to me .Trust me this story will shock you. Why don't you do that before the election, so people get another view of Grijalva and Sanchez. The so pretty one. Stop these vicious attacks , you can be a better person than that.
I have watched this board for a very long time, I was a long time employee of TUSD, so I have seen how it functions , or rather how it doesn't. I have seen Dr. Stegeman vote , not for what he feels is right , but what is truly right for students and staff, even above administration. Remember if the board would have approved what Dr. Stegeman asked for, we would not have this budget issue today. The dysfunction did worsen after the 2012 election. I experienced that personally with Cam Juarez. Dr. Sanchez is arrogant , and should not hold this position. The mere fact that we have all these questions should be enough for him to resign. The attacks on Mike Hicks are unwarranted, this man truly cares about what he is doing, however he cant get much done when the majority shoots down everything he tries to do because of a personal vendetta, and trust me it is personal. Use a little empathy and you might understand Stegeman and Hicks better. It has to be difficult to make a proposal , cast a vote , or even make a comment that will be ignored , voted down , or outright attacked by the majority , and yet not many are questioning the majorities motives. Grijalva , Foster, and Juarez should be ashamed, for it is their political wrangling that has brought this board and TUSD to its knees . I do believe people have begun to see the real Adelita Grijalva (and it isn't pretty), but something still has to be done about Foster and Juarez, they have proven their worth is only has far as Grijalva can use them . Stegeman and Hicks have my support, as well as Fleenor, she has the knowledge and experience to prevent this from happening again . I wonder David , what will your support look like when this majority is run out of TUSD. The public has had it with them.
I don't think a single personal bankruptcy should disqualify a person from holding some offices. But to run asking to have dominion over budgets while claiming to have the answer for serious economic issues when one has had a personal bankruptcy that took years to resolve is certainly cause for pause. Hicks' irresponsible personal spending is bad, but his gross exaggeration of his education is even worse because it's an outright lie rather than a sin of omission.
Mo Udall often said the Politician's Prayer: Oh Lord, let my words be soft and tender for tomorrow I may eat them.
And Martha McSally? Again, as always, silent. Send her back to the Bone Yard
The other side has made hay out of a $20 traffic fine not paid by Fred DuVal, It's all on the table in this new horrible word of politics.
UHS is not just a collection of the brightest kids in Tucson. It is a high school filled with students who MAKE themselves better throughout their four years there. It is a school with faculty who are dedicated to the mission and spend hours of their own time to make the school better. It is a collection of alumni who are giving back to the school that made a profound difference in their lives. It's really easy to say that UHS's success is only because of the it's admissions policy. But getting into UHS is only the first of many accomplishments that students have - they have to work really hard in order to graduate from the school. If you were to take the same students and put them at their home schools or other charters/private schools - they would not leave high the same as if they attend UHS. As previously mentioned, UHS gets no additional funding and has to compete with private schools that get much more than they do. This school is one of the few bright spots of our state's public education system - not part of the problem.
All: Feel free to vote for something else next year. Not sure what to tell you, otherwise.
TE: It is the "Editor's Note," pseudonymous pal.
Safier...you are a first rate GUTTER Journalist!!!
I do not support Michael Hicks because of his record as a Member of the TUSD Board...NOT....because of any Personal Financial problems he might have had in the past. You might do well to remember..."there but for the Grace of God go I"
The Tucson Weekly would do well to stop giving you a forum for your Garbage/Despicable Articles.
Really understandable but what about boo in brave?
This is SO WRONG! People are voting with their feet in droves. Any Sunday, drop by St. Phillips and see how pathetic it looks, with small crowds, and empty spots between vendors. Then check out Heritage at Rillito and see the throngs that are there because the vendors are the best and getting better all the time. Food in Root did NOT "Take over the collection of vendors"--the majority moved to Rillito, and more move each week. (Just noticed this morning that the knife sharpener guy is now at Rillito--Yay!) Plus food trucks. Plus featured local restaurants--different one each week. Plus loads of parking. I was loyal to St. Phillips until the change, but now Rillito is my destination every Sunday.
I see the Republicans all talk about accepting the rule of law, instead of good wishes to those who now have marriage equality. You can tell they're seething.
The liberal's. The party of the blind, leading the blind. Who desire to drag our country through the mud and filth claiming that the constitution has given them the right to do so. It's to the point they have completely lost touch with common sense and decency. And are now at this point in time totally incapable of making any kind of rational judgment pertaining to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Where's The Best Sporting Goods Store? I've seen it in the past and always look for this issue to see who it is this year.
Hopefully The Lodge Sasquatch and their shit service is next. May's can stay though.
If you look at the data, Burns voted much more often on my side than on Grijalva's side, when those votes were split. I'm not saying who was right: that's just history verifiable for anyone who works back through the minutes. I am happy to make concessions, as I did when I recently voted for the short form of the strategic plan (the board never voted for the long form), although there are many things in it I dislike. For that matter, Grijalva has also sometimes made concessions and voted for things I know she did not agree with personally. The dysfunction in the board has become much worse since the 2012 election. And I am still waiting for the specific examples. I might even agree with some of them, but it is hard to agree with vapor. :-)
In fairness to all TUSD superintendents who dared to endure the office, regardless of their efforts, there is a long-standing problem that was described eloquently 28 years ago: "In a February, 1986, speech to the Tucson Metropolitan Ministry, Dr. (Paul) Houston described the tone of the district. He said, "The board may be the most visible example of this, but it's more than the board. It's between parents and board members, board members and teachers, teachers and administrators. This whole district has become programmed, over a period of time, to conflict, and I would rather be in the position of searching for solutions to problems than acting as a referee. We've got to stop this senseless bickering we have here and get on to some action."
Stegeman's protestations (which come forth quickly whenever he feels unjustly attacked by another commenter) point to exactly why he has done so much to contribute to the ill will and failure to find compromise on the Board during his tenure. He is quick to demand "evidence and examples" as if doing so will cause others to fail in their recall of how he conducted business while in both the majority and now in the minority. While he is far from being solely to blame, it is revisionist history at its finest for him to assert that he did more than the current Board president to promote dialogue and find consensus when he was in charge. Those were acrimonious times (as they are now) and he was just as deft and wiling as Grijalva (now the president) to advance the causes and interests of the majority at the expense of the minority.
Rather than arguing every point, no matter how arcane and always seeking to have the last word, Stegeman and Grijalva should both do more to establish common ground. They are stubborn and relentless people who clearly dislike each other, both personally and politically. Juarez contributes to the current level of rancor with the frequent swipes he makes at other members, especially Hicks.
It is also both amusing and morbid for Stegeman to cite the example of the late Judy Burns in defense of himself and his "leadership." Long-time observers of TUSD recall that Burns and Grijalva were much more likely to be in accord during their time on the Board, while Stegeman has only been able to count on one constant ally: Hicks. It is a clever (yet disingenuous) diversion for Stegeman to ask all his doubters to produce laundry lists of incidents to prove his contributions to the failure of the entire Board to run TUSD with wisdom, foresight and a student-centered vision.
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