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Re: “Head Down to Oak Flat for the Weekend: Concert & Advocacy Conference

Where CAN we mine copper? Stop the lunacy.

6 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by David w on 05/29/2015 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Diane Douglas at Pima West This Evening for 'We Are Listening' Tour

https://www.azasrs.gov/content/estimate-yo… (This is available to all)
Gives the formula and then go to TUSD's website and use it. If you don't find the pay published (which is there) , you can call HR and they will help you. It is a percentage of what they made.

As for SS... My ex works for Raetheon, is an engineer and has been there for 30 years. Right now at age 63 he would collect 1900 from SS. I know because I could choose half of his or mine whichever was better. He makes more than teachers by quite a bit. I guess it's all in what you think is valuable.

You can figure out what people make if you use the SS calculator. I thought there was a cap of 2500. for all but not sure... never checked.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Guardians on 05/29/2015 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Head Down to Oak Flat for the Weekend: Concert & Advocacy Conference

Give it up! Arizona needs, desperately needs projects such as this and both of the companies involved are first class-operators. When will the anti-development, leftist allow America to return to its former greatness through the responsible development of her natural resources.

I SUPPORT GOOD JOBS!!!! I SUPPORT ACTIVITIES THAT GENERATE A SOLID TAX BASE!!!! I SUPPORT MINING!!!!

5 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Bisbee boy on 05/29/2015 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Have You Seen Charles?

If someone has Charles, PLEASE contact the number provided. It's a reward for you and a reunion of Charles and his devoted owner - a serious bond between them! That's a win-win that would make Charles and Courtney VERY happy!!! How can you lose??? Be a good neighbor and Tusconian. Do the right thing and reunite Charles and Courtney - it's the right thing to do!

Posted by SusieQ on 05/29/2015 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Dust Devil

What an incredible statement. Thank you for sharing.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by NJdeJ on 05/29/2015 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Book Fare

Oh my gosh, I love that library. When we moved back to Tucson a few weeks ago, I was in there everyday applying for jobs and looking for a place to work. I would drop off my daughter at Carrillo Elementary down the street and head over to Santa Rosa. Thanks to the free Wi-Fi and amazing staff, I have both a great job and a place to live....in the same neighborhood of the library. Thanks Katja for taking the lead!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by RL Walker on 05/29/2015 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Dish for Dosha: Custom Elixir

I have enjoyed the juice many many times not only is it delicious it's refreshing and invigorating. it's still alive!!

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Don Celestino on 05/29/2015 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Speckelo Needs a Home

@Michael Woodward - I'm not sure! Give the Humane society a call: 321-3704, #803363.

Posted by Chelo Grubb on 05/29/2015 at 2:34 PM

Re: “The Loft Cinema Forced to Pull Team America from July 4th Event

I'm sorry I meant a puppet.

5 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 05/29/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “The Loft Cinema Forced to Pull Team America from July 4th Event

That's interesting that you would refer to Barbara as a muppet.

5 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 05/29/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “The Year's First AzMERIT Test Cheating Story

The "pressure created by high stakes testing" is no different than posted speed limits. There are people that choose to break the rules.

If the school closes or loses funding for under performance, TUSD would transfer and promote that teacher into an admin job. We have all watched that happen.

6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 05/29/2015 at 1:55 PM

Re: “The Loft Cinema Forced to Pull Team America from July 4th Event

Sounds like they're trying to make a controversy out of nothing in hope that the Streisand Effect will kick in and drive interest in a mildly humorous puppet movie.

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Ldonyo on 05/29/2015 at 12:51 PM

Re: “The Year's First AzMERIT Test Cheating Story

Vicki, you're right that people cheated, not schools. But I don't think it's right to talk about individuals as if the problem is a few bad apples without talking about the pressure created by the high stakes testing. We don't know details here in Arizona, but in some cases, it was a group of individuals who did the cheating together, and in some instances administrators were most likely involved.

Remember the story of Henry II being furious at Thomas Becket, who went from drinking buddy to Archbishop of Canterbury and challenged Henry's authority? Henry was reputed to have said, "Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?" after which four knights did the deed and killed Becket. Henry didn't exactly ask the knights to kill the archbishop, but . . .

Principals and superintendents often say, directly or indirectly, issued as a simple question or a veiled threat, "Can no one raise these troublingly low scores?" That creates the atmosphere where this kind of thing occurs.

The first cause is the high stakes accompanying the standardized tests. Remove those and you get rid of the pressures and temptations that lead to these unfortunate, but absolutely predictable, instances of cheating.

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by David Safier on 05/29/2015 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Have You Seen Charles?

If you ever lost a pet, you'd want to be notified by someone who found him. So, if you've found Charles/Charlie, think about that and do a solid for a fellow citizen and human being, and contact as above. Help make Downtown, Tucson, and the world a nicer place.

Posted by Stefan Banach on 05/29/2015 at 12:01 PM

Re: “The Year's First AzMERIT Test Cheating Story

It is unfortunate that you declared that "seven Arizona schools cheated on AIMS tests." The SCHOOLS did not do the cheating. SOMEONE did the cheating. SOMEONE who, for whatever reason, thought this might be a good idea, to help or hurt the school. A teacher, an administrator, a student, a parent, a cleaning person, someone in the Department of Education?
Schools are spending thousands of dollars to investigate. I doubt any one of these schools sanctioned cheating in any way.

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Vicki Hart on 05/29/2015 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Best Farmers Market

I'm relatively new to the Tucson scene but truly enjoy the farmers markets. In response to the negative person bashing the St Philip's Farmers Market. I totally agree with the other 20 plus positive comments!
However, not sure on how to like or dislike a post??? You hit Like & the dislike lights up as if it's the 4th of July? Anyway, sure didn't want to -iss anyone off soooo, HERE'S THE GOOD PART, all of the 168 good folk that shared their thought's, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO TAKE A POKE AT THIS OLD DUMMY - BUT PLEASE POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION ON HITTING BUTTONS, I ONLY WANT TO BE A DART BOARD ONCE! Lol. Thanks Jim

Posted by Jim Hartwig on 05/29/2015 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Welcome to the 26th Best of Tucson

Do you guys take suggestions for new categories? For years, my customers have told us we should win for Best Iced Tea, but there isn't such a category. If such a category could be added, I'll let them know that they now have something to vote for!

Posted by Joe Hess on 05/29/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas at Pima West This Evening for 'We Are Listening' Tour

Let's take a look at Chicago. (because I can't find AZ info):

Teachers and others with teaching certificates (such as principals) who work at CPS participate in the CTPF. Teachers in school districts outside of Chicago participate in a state-funded pension system, the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS). Both systems have similar demographics.

Table I: CTPF v. TRS




CTPF


TRS

Number of Retirees


21,977


90,967

Average Monthly Benefit


$3,788


$3,871

Average Age


72


70

Average Years of Service


28


28



Source: CTPF: Actuarial Valuation as of 6/30/11 and
CPS; TRS: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year Ending 6/30/11

Retirees receive a defined benefit annuity. Teachers in both systems are eligible to retire at age 55 with 35 years of service, age 60 with 20 years of service, or age 62 and five years of service. An employee who has reached age 55 and has 20 years of service may retire, but will receive a smaller annuity. Retirees receive a 3 percent annual compounded cost of living adjustment (COLA) starting at age 61 for CTPF and for TRS starting immediately.

3% COLA and SSI benefit makes more than $5,000 per month your starting retirement pay at 66. That is way above private sector scale.

6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by David W on 05/29/2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas at Pima West This Evening for 'We Are Listening' Tour

"SOME" of the funding. Please look at the facts:

http://educationnext.org/teacher-retirement-benefits/

6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by David W on 05/29/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Speckelo Needs a Home

Is she still available?

Posted by Michael Woodward on 05/29/2015 at 9:23 AM

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