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Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

Not only do the waste money and have a much higher percentage of administration than other districts, but your $11 per person is seriously flawed. The majority in our community wouldn't pay that if anything. The brunt is born by those that actually pay the taxes. That is a distinct minority. And if money for the schools equaled performance than the D.C. school district would be stellar. It is funny how those on the left decry capitalism but crave the money generated from it.

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Posted by Doug Martin on 12/15/2014 at 6:17 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

Great idea Michael. Thanks.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/14/2014 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Nook to Bring Brunch with Hawaiian Flavor to Congress Street

Looking forward to the theme, but are huevos rancheros considered unique in Tucson?

Posted by Keifer Huntley on 12/14/2014 at 8:53 PM

Re: “A Slice of Arizona

With the excellent pizza in Tucson (to name a few: Reilly, Falora, Time Market), it is beyond absurd to wait two hours for the privilege of ordering a pizza.

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Posted by DRW on 12/14/2014 at 2:57 PM

Re: “PDQ Records is Open Again Under Original Ownership

Wow, Ms Griffin, the property taxes in Tucson must be very low, my taxes in Oro Valley would not allow a 4 year vacancy! What. Ever. I plan to spend truck load of money on vinyl in 2015 and will haunt the PDQ!!

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Posted by Gandalf the over taxed on 12/14/2014 at 1:03 PM

Re: “A conversation With Diane Ravitch At UA Sunday, December 14

David: Is this being recorded.? I'd like to have been there but live in Prescott (but follow your comments on the Range) would like to see it - You Tube or whatever

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/14/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Grijalva on CROmnibus: GOP Is "Using a Potential Crisis With the Federal Government To Hurt Working Families"

The bill also increased the amount of money that individuals can give to political parties - anybody else think there is too much money from special interests as it is?
The bill also bought more F-35's that the Pentagon did not request.
The bill also cut WIC funding.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/14/2014 at 12:09 PM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

MOST of Who agrees they are Underpaid? I dont AGREE.. I think they are Overpaid Prima Donnas who arent doing their Job worth a Hoot. Worse School District in Arizona - Racist, Incompetent and Lousy Entitled Whiners.. Thats why I vote NO on ANY money (overrides, bonds) for TUSD. No way No How am I rewarding another Grijalva led Racist Boondoggle.

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Posted by GuiseppeKnows on 12/14/2014 at 3:50 AM

Re: “Reforma Cocina y Cantina Brings Upscale Central Mexican Fare and 229 Agave Spirits to St. Philip’s Plaza

I tend to believe that the best Mexican food is probably not made by people named things like Krueger and Dick...or in the Foothills.

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Posted by aznemesis on 12/13/2014 at 9:02 PM

Re: “PDQ Records is Open Again Under Original Ownership

Gandalf... it's easily possible to let it sit when you ALREADY OWN the building... the land.... and all the contents inside! ;o)
WORD ~

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Posted by Catherine Griffin on 12/13/2014 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Danehy

Well said, Vince. I touched upon the same thing 2 weeks ago. You can talk facts until you're blue in the face to Tom and his ilk. It just won't sink in. He let me down again this week. So what's wrong with working in Denny's? Maybe,with this wonderful Obummer econemy, it's all a person can find. Maybe some people simply aren't that bright. Not everyone is blessed with the brains your 2 kids have. Better they should sit on their asses waiting for a Gov't check? I don't think so. And what the Hell did Ayn Rand do? The poor woman is dead and buried. Give her a break.

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Posted by CW13 on 12/13/2014 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Something Sweet Dessert Lounge Is Closing

It says here that it closed June, 2014.

http://somethingsweet-dl.com

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Posted by Heather on 12/13/2014 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Something Sweet Dessert Lounge Is Closing

That other person is right. It did not in 2011. I went there January of 2014. It was just in this past year (2014) that it actually closed. Kinda strange that this article was published in 2011.

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Posted by Heather on 12/13/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

From the perspective of a huge supporter of teacher/staff raises, the issue of "TUSD would not put the money into raises" SHOULD be considered by the Board. Financial transparency is not a hallmark of this administration (or any)--the difference is that to varying degrees, we have had Board members that actually demanded accountability. The general taxpayers still don't know the funding for the pre-schools, still don't know what happened to Title One funds and still don't have a good feeling about money that goes to TUSD, I fear. For the life of me I can't figure out why this isn't seen as TUSD's number one accounting and public relations problem to be solved. Like all politicians, it seems that the Board and the Supe are depending on us to have no memory come the next Bond or override request. PLEASE if I am wrong, PROVE ME SO by increasing transparency enough to honestly WIN that next override request.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/13/2014 at 11:21 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

Just as "We don't want to" doesn't constitute a legal argument (about the State paying back TUSD and other districts the money that it has been stealing over the years) Sanchez' "We will have the money" doesn't constitute financial security. In fact, it is amazing to me how often his words, like the Kool Aid they represent, work as a palliative for otherwise thinking and analytical people. That said, its obvious that the teachers and the rest of the site based staff desperately need more for what they do. Why a person who works with columns of numbers makes more than a person who teaches a classroom of children, or drives a bus full of children, is a mystery to me. One profession makes more money for someone, the other makes more of a future for many. The salary difference is obviously arbitrary and not based on any real sense of value.

If you were at or listening to the meeting, you might have noticed that the vote revolved around framing more than anything. As usual, Stegeman was set up as being anti-worker on this vote, when his comments actually reflected that selling this package as a secure one was the problem, not this years' raise. As it is, the Board votes on the annual raises, so I suspect that although none of the sitting members had the cojones to admit it, they ultimately voted for Stegeman's proposal and not theirs. That is, he proposed a payout this year without making commitments for the following years because there is no reason to believe that we will have the money. In the future, school funding being what it is in Arizona, voting for teacher/staff salaries may well depend on what programs or buildings the school board is willing to close to maintain them. Given their past turnarounds on school closures and some of their statements on MAS, when the going gets rough, teachers/site staff may well be the losers.

Finally, it would be interesting to know if anyone suggested that the raises only apply to those below a certain level of salary. The complicated discussion that Safier cites about compression etc. should have been accompanied by a similar conversation about raises that Directors and others have received as their positions were re-posted (there has been a HUGE turnover at 1010) and (unapproved) $10,000 bonuses they are getting this year for the first time in their contracts. But that wouldn't have been Kool-Aid.

(Sorry for such a long post!)

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/13/2014 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

I am so glad we can support for-profit corporate schools and pseudo on line schools (100 kids per so-called teacher) with our taxpayer money. After all my brother in law needs to sell a $100,000 worth of paper to an on line school. And with an extensively reported election for the Sunnyside and TUSD school boards, I am sure Basis will want their board answering questions about their operations in public, with a public vote for their board. Read the Arizona Republic series from 2012 on charters. Read the Detroit Free Press series in charters in Michigan from 2014. Crossout Michigan and add in Arizona, and the story is a ditto here. That's for your ditto heads who have a hard time reading anything.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 12/13/2014 at 11:02 AM

Re: “PDQ Records is Open Again Under Original Ownership

Wait a second! Are you saying the store closed for 4 years with the inventory inside? How is that possible? No income and the owner is paying rent on a building for 4 YEARS?

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Posted by Gandalf the White on 12/13/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Danehy

You nailed it Harlan. Our esteemed journalist, radio host, nuclear scientist ,and basketball coach has never been open to changing his mind while on the radio or in his column. This usually indicates a pride issue.
The worst of all sins if I remember right.
Even when he would get his ass handed to him in a " talk show" debate, Tom was right back espousing
his tired doctrines the very next week. Kind of like the football defensive corner who gets burned repeatedly by the wide receiver, but keeps yapping at the guy who has beaten him consistently.
I advise that you quit wasting your time. Every point in the article is easily refuted, but why bother
when some people aren't really listening anyway.
Although claiming to be an "industrial strength Catholic" you will notice that Tom seldom mentions the "injustice" of late term abortion, evil child molesting priests or what big government dependence
has done to minority neighborhoods.
As for calling people " petty and small " while referring to the new Guv as douchey, what can you say?
I also think that Margaret Sanger "sucks", not Ayn Rand. Merry Christmas

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 12/13/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

Wow! well said Mr/Mrs Rat! I get it.

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Posted by Chelsea J on 12/13/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

Of course, teacher salaries are not funded by asking the public to chip in the cost of few cafe mocha's at Starbucks. Schools are funded by local districts, the state and federal agencies. The state already owes TUSD - all K-12 school districts in Arizona - millions or billions of funding they preferred not to pay while the district has a bloated bureaucracy that should be trimmed to, in part, provide teachers with a respectable pay hike.

The raises provided by the governing board are a meager first step in addressing the disrespect teachers are held in when push comes to shove - their paychecks. This new raise will provide teachers with - on the average - less than $10 a week; again a couple of lattes at the local coffee shop.

It's a start but not much to celebrate.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 12/13/2014 at 8:27 AM

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