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Re: “Diane Douglas on Testing and the Classrooms First Initiative Council

Douglas: "[Standardized] testing was never intended to be an assessment of a teacher, a school or a district." Never? For at least the last 15 years (the advent of No Child Left Behind) that is exactly what much standardized testing was meant to be.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 07/01/2016 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

Vote for this. It isn't perfect, but over time, these imperfect laws will evolve to something closer to a truly fair policy. It would be crazy to continue prohibition just because this initiative isn't exactly what we'd like.

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Posted by Don Berry on 07/01/2016 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas on Testing and the Classrooms First Initiative Council

A note on light turnout for latest Listening Tour - I was eager to attend the first round. I said my piece when she stopped in my rural area. Then I waited and watched for the sharing of the totality of information. needs and opinions gathered on this round. I never found that analysis, only her plan. So when I had the opportunity this week, I didn't bother to go. Ms. Douglas did spend three days at the Leading Change conference in Tucson this week, listening to Ruby Payne, Anthony Muhammad and Jonathan Plucker on the theme of equity/access. Now I'm hoping that will carry over to policies and funding that make positive impacts for rural education - not more robbing public schools to further support selective charters and ineffective online schools that typically waste student learning time for a stretch and then return them to the local school even further behind than when they started their online hiatus. And I must keep stressing the inequity of allowing charter schools to discriminate against students with special needs. In our town, lone charter (a family affair) instantaneously has a waiting list for the grade a student with disabilities would like to enter. Magic!

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Posted by grannydebs on 07/01/2016 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Not Your Mama's Safety Pin: How a Household Item Can Change a Life

I think the author of the post above needs to go. Anyone too stupid and cowardly to learn enough Spanish to tell Rosa to go home to her face is exactly the kind of person who needs to be deported.

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Posted by RJFletcher on 07/01/2016 at 7:12 AM

Re: “"Raise Taxes on Corporations and the Wealthy." Hillary said It. Arizona Democrats, You Can Say It Too.

Rat T: Steven Wright fits more into, what I would call, the "absurdist" category. He's great and all, don't get me wrong, but when it comes to someone who could make people laugh their ass off with a dick joke and within a minute comment on the downward spiral of American culture which makes the listener give serious thought to what they just heard...Carlin was (and although he's dead still is) the KING! Mr. Wright doesn't dabble in smut humour or deep thought humour, but, I give you this, the dude is hilarious and he's got one thing going which Carlin doesn't...he's still sucking air. Thanks for reading! DC

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/01/2016 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas on Testing and the Classrooms First Initiative Council

RE the quality of Safier's coverage of Douglas and standardized testing and his queries directed to "On the left? Really?":

Here's one of David Safier's early (and uniformly negative) articles about Diane Douglas:
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2014/10/28/for-diane-douglas-its-always-i-before-e-ideology-before-education

And here are a couple of quotes from an article where he makes fun of Douglas's conflicts with the charter faction in Phoenix:

"Ed Supe Diane Douglas' antics, mainly directed at the state school board, have been the main source of jibes and jokes in the media. She's a novice who says and does silly stuff in her pursuit of her education agenda, throwing tantrums, suing the board and seeing if she can win by taking her marbles, or her websites, and going home."
"Douglas is an easy target, a side show, a distraction...."

The language Safier has used about her: "antics" "a novice" "does silly stuff" "throwing tantrums" "seeing is she can will by taking her marbles...and going home" "an easy target" "a side show" "a distraction" does not indicate that he is granting her respect as an adult who cares about education enough to use the means at her disposal to run a successful campaign for State Superintendent of Education and secure the majority of votes cast in her race in a state-wide election. The language is denigrating and dismissive, and in a context where the other players referenced are all male, the case could easily be made, as one commenter on that article noted, that there is an element of misogyny in it. The link to the full article from which the above quotes have been pulled is here:
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/09/16/az-ed-funding-cage-matches-throwing-elbows-in-the-light-and-punches-in-the-dark

As for Safier's status as an anti-testing activist, he seems not to have read what "On the left? Really?" wrote: "on your status as an anti-testing activist. Prove it THROUGH YOUR RECORD IN INFLUENCING POLICY DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS."

An effective response to toxic testing includes, not just general, theoretical articles that don't put their finger on what is going on in local institutions, but specific responses to policies and actions in office of the people running our local districts. A genuine and effective critic of the overuse of testing will speak up about abusive policies, even -- or perhaps especially -- when they occur in a district where the president of the board is someone whose candidacy for office the commenter endorsed.

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Posted by RE Safier's articles on Douglas and Testing on 07/01/2016 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Not Your Mama's Safety Pin: How a Household Item Can Change a Life

These refugees should stay, but Rosa definitely needs to go. I'll bet that these Syrian refugees will at least learn to speak English.

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Posted by Bye and good riddance Rosa on 07/01/2016 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas on Testing and the Classrooms First Initiative Council

Thank you, David for this objective take on Diane Douglas. I, too, have been skeptical/critical/concerned and so forth about her tenure. But she did go on a listening tour and she has reached out to the community to learn our concerns. Unfortunately, I am afraid that she has "dulled her sword" by some of her antics and theatrics plus she is unqualified. I only wish she had the ear of the governor and that she had some credibility with him.
Keep it up!!

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 07/01/2016 at 6:42 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

Please don't vote for this nonsense. Its a carrot on a stick. Or a bud on a stick... You know that stuff that's tied to a stick.

Cannabis should be legal because it never should have been illegal. It is not harmful like the substances they want to regulate and tax it as. Don't let the profiteers win this one.

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Posted by StrawHousePig on 06/30/2016 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Local Media Pros Som and Krystin Lisaius Indicted on Drug-Related Child Abuse Charges

Hard to believe this about T Vpeople.

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Posted by ChuckGeorge on 06/30/2016 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Local Media Pros Som and Krystin Lisaius Indicted on Drug-Related Child Abuse Charges

'...the child was never harmed ..." ?????

Who are you KIDDING, Counselor?

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Posted by ShameOnMichaelPiccaretta on 06/30/2016 at 10:24 PM

Re: “In Defense of Marijuana: #FreeKyleCatlin

good luck,,, my lawsuit ended with a judge saying it was against "federal law",,, the police can do whatever they want, the $300 card you got from the state does nothing to protect you !!!

Posted by jammerk65 on 06/30/2016 at 10:10 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Private emails for public business. I know I have heard this before. Somewhere. Now where was it?

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Posted by Rat T on 06/30/2016 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

So, here's what I find confusing. The CRMLA initiative would allow people to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. How would this affect AZ's current medical marijuana patients who are presently allowed to possess 2.5 ounces every two weeks? Would their ration be reduced? And how often would the CRMLA initiative allow consumers to purchase marijuana?

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 06/30/2016 at 8:57 PM

Re: “From Service to Homeless

Abby is a smart , generse person, at her age life should be about family and friends not finding a career and more. as a person thats disabled with years of edivance thas income is something that social security should have awarded her already like many others waiting 5 or 10 years, with lots of back up. On that subject no lawyears looking to help and social service providers under funded, overloaded with cases and not properly trained in all the way to help ,along with providers not always wanting to provide information that could help. Meanwhile the mayor has cut services, and I bet he never even met Abby or anyother person down on their luck if there wasnt a photop schedule. Mr. Rothschild really doesnt get it, doesnt try and got him into an office above his head. The mayor has proved himself a slave of the banking, military and non profit industrial complex. he is not the guy for the job.

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Posted by Anthony Potter on 06/30/2016 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Monsoon Mystery

Ooh, ooh, go see it! Nothing compares to "Out of the Past."

Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 06/30/2016 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Diane Douglas on Testing and the Classrooms First Initiative Council

David's right. He hasn't mentioned her name with recall petitions in weeks.

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Posted by Rat T on 06/30/2016 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Apparently These People Think It's a Good Idea to Bring Dolphins to Arizona for Entertainment Purposes

Not just unhealthy for the dolphins, but a really stupid idea where human safety is concerned. Dolphins are beautiful, but they are best observed from a distance; they're heavier than humans, stronger than humans, and can be pretty aggressive. They're not all squeaks and cuddles. Those signature bottlenose snouts? Yeah, they ram and kill large sharks with them. Instances where dolphins forced to swim with humans have gotten hacked off and seriously injured someone have been well-documented. Didn't the people who dreamed up this idea ever watch that "Return to La Grunta" episode of "King of the Hill"?

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 06/30/2016 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

This proposition defines marijuana as all parts of the plant; leafs, stems, seed, flowers, etc.

It limits possession of Marijuana to 1 ounce.

You better hope those 6 plants it allows you to grow are small because the second the stems and leaves add up to more than 1 ounce you are breaking the law.

It was explicitly written this way because it's authors are going to directly benefit from retail sales and people growing at home is a threat to their profits.

I am not sure how to vote on this fucked up bill....

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Posted by HumanBean on 06/30/2016 at 8:32 PM
Posted by Deena R. Singer on 06/30/2016 at 8:00 PM

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