Ldonyo: I'm aware of that, just didn't necessarily think his name alone would resonate with most of the audience in 2014.
The New Yorker article is excellent and should be read by everyone who cares about education policy.
Good idea to discontinue, at least temporarily, coverage of the TUSD board elections -- no hearts and minds were being won in that misguided campaign.
After the dubious quality of the TUSD board candidate coverage, I'll continue to read Safier's columns and watch the Pedersen & Safier videos, but always with an eye on what the real motive may be. This is what happens when members of the press / blog-o-sphere get caught using their voices in highly selective and transparently partisan ways in election campaigns: trust is damaged and a permanent measure of doubt is introduced in the minds of readers who pay close attention and want coverage that can help them make fully (not partially) informed choices when they vote.
An example of how this damaged trust operates: a month ago I would have watched this piece and thought, "How fortunate it is that we have well-informed commentators like Ann-Eve and David keeping an eye on education policy and helping the public understand where students' best interests really lie." Now I am much more inclined to shrug the content off and guess that the motive in presenting the piece is to change the subject and regain some lost credibility. Is making the liberal portion of the electorate more disillusioned and more cynical a good thing to have achieved?
It will be interesting to see what decision is made this evening by the Pima County Democratic leadership. If they endorse candidates, they will, in this Democrat's opinion, be seriously undermining the local party's credibility and its legitimate policy interests.
JCC said: "Note also, if this is the cyclist involved, he's obviously a very experience rider!"
He's not THAT experienced if he can't see that a train on rails can't swerve, and that he ought to take a little extra time and care around such things, racer that he is.
Same thing happened to Smokey Bear. His "The" was surgically removed.
Rather than piling on the cyclist in this occurrence, it might be appropriate to consider any mitigating circumstances. Was there also a parked car that was too far from the curb at this time? The operator of the streetcar is still required to use common sense when passing a cyclist.
Note also, if this is the cyclist involved, he's obviously a very experience rider!
Chuck Connors is the actor who played Lucas McCain, AKA "The Rifleman".
This is a terrific piece on why high stakes testing should never be used as a major criterion in evaluating teacher performance. We have seen this same carrot dangling strategy result in gaming the system at the Veterans Administration with administrators willing to cook the books while workers feared coming forward as whistle blowers.
Teachers have more than enough on their plates as it is; throwing them into a moral quandary where survival is tied to student achievement on standards based exams (that have never been tested for reliability or validity) will further degrade the perception of teaching as an attractive career choice ... and that would be another nail in the coffin of public education.
It's understood that informal prose such as on line comments will have spelling errors. The point was made, and the same point frequently made, even with the error.
Francis' Spanish is perfecto.
There is no teacher turning over in the grave and the Weekly is perfectly capable of 'loosing' readers for any number of reasons including the omission of the Downtown Dispensary foxes from their ad.
Tenga un buen día.
Margarv: Pon su cabeza donde no esta brillando el sol !!!!
How many are in this Grijalva syndicate?
...much like the 6 haters who can't bend over to tie their shoes.
Used to be THE Facebook until the Napster dude clued them in.
The Tucson Weekly will "loose" readership?
Well, you just lost credibility with this reader as your 4th grade teacher turns over in his/her grave.
I think the word you wanted is "lose."
I know, it's long... and it's Monday, but if you weren't yet politically aware during the Reagan/Bush years this is a reminder that Conspiracies that were too bizarre to be True were regularly run out of the White House basement... guns for drugs, paying the Iranians to not release hostages until after the election, arming Bin Laden, illegally funding a covert war in Central America, along with this bit on CIA bringing crack into inner cities. With all the same players back in the junior Bush's White House, how can you not wonder about 9-11 and the lies that took us into Iraq? And how the NYT and others acted as cheerleaders instead of watchdogs...
It seems to me, that basic knowledge of physics and logic has once again failed.
I am a big fan of a terrific group out of Austin, TX------Hot Club of Cowtown. I THINK they have played Tucson in the past.
It's primarily a three piece "hot jazz and western swing" band: guitar, fiddle, bass-----all three unbelievably good.
I just saw their tour dates, and when I asked, via FB comment, if they would ever come to Tucson, they immediately replied they would love a gig there in January.
I figured you would be the best source to ask to spread this news and/or find them a venue.
Can you work on this? Or can you advise me what to do next? (I live primarily in New England where we discovered them at a festival. We come to Tucson for the winter.)
This is an amazing group!
You and me both, Brian. It was time to go.
TUSD is in need of new leadership, the fact that Dr. Stegeman is able to realize this says a lot. I for one am happy that he is on the board. The fact that he did not go along with Grijalva's gang of puppets( being that he was a democrat) shows that his number one concern is for students and not political agendas. I am not happy with Sanchez's leadership, for personal reasons , but more so for the staff that I used to work with. Moral is at the lowest it has ever been, and people are leaving the district in droves, good people, just look at the list of separations (certified and classified) on the governing board web site over the last year. When good staff members leave parents and students follow. If Sanchez is threating to leave over transparency, I say good riddance. Hopefully he'll do it before its to late. As for Mike Hicks , I've had the privilege of getting to know him a little better over the last couple of years, he is a genuinely nice guy that truly cares about doing the right thing for the children of TUSD , but that doesn't mater if doesn't fit into the board presidents agenda. TUSD's only hope at this point is if Grijalva is replaced, that would allow some bipartisan work to get done. My entire family was unhappy with Grijalva, they even contacted the pima county democratic party about her. Needless to say my family (which is a very large family) has now refused to vote democrat , and many have decided to change parties.
She is not a native of Labrador Canada, eh! I am so bothered by her claiming to be. Military brat from the US. Do good things but no under false pretenses, eh.
So I guess Dr. Stegeman is pretty much playing a zero-sum game.
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