We wrote about this two years ago... and explored the option of White Flight from TUSD. The correlation is amazing.
Conscience? You bet. Jill Stein panders to anti-vaxxers. Gary Johnson panders to climate-change deniers. I conscientiously won't vote for either. Whether she takes Arizona or not, it will be an honor to vote for Hilary and a thrill watching Donald Trump get his ass handed to him in November.
You don't irritate me. You amuse me. And that's MR. Turd to you.
Now it's percentages? Gad, man, you are a creeper. Truth is, I don't care who agrees with me with as long as I'm irritating a turd like you.
TUSD continues to be what it is in part because of what the state does (and does not do).
The state licenses charters and writes private school tax credits into the law, while it does not put a stop to malfeasant practices in the public districts that are now asked to "compete" with alternative schools for student enrollment. The privatizers may be looking at dysfunction in public institutions as another way of maximizing their market share, rather than the way they should be looking at it: as something they have an obligation to correct, an abuse of public funds from which regulatory and oversight agencies should protect citizens.
Huppenthal is the one who, while in the office of State Superintendent of Public Education, made robo calls to state residents letting them know public funds were available to subsidize the cost of them pulling their kids out of public schools and enrolling them in private schools.
If he really wanted to serve the best interests of the poor, he would have spent his time figuring out how to use the regulatory and enforcement mechanisms at his disposal to crack down on irregularities in procurement and hiring in large urban public districts serving populations that don't have the advocacy resources more wealthy district have.
TUSD has been mismanaging its affairs in various ways for decades in ways that would never have been possible in states with more responsible regulatory systems. The state is at fault at least as much as malfeasant TUSD administrators and negligent constituents in the district.
Your argument for voting for Clinton holds up ONLY if you live in a swing state. In Arizona, the Republican will win, especially against the unpopular Sec. Clinton.
Vote your conscience and not your fears.
Joe "Tex" Callahan
One would have to think that it would be much easier to fix TUSD that it would be to change the state. But to date in my opinion TUSD has worsened. You can't win both fights at the same time. If TUSD can't be fixed, the state is a moot point. I can't blame them for withholding additional funding to a failing school district like TUSD It only makes sense. But in a way aren't those at the state level hoping to get local change to improve the problem?
I haven't seen the state close any Tucson schools for under performance. There still has to be widespread parental support to fix this mess.
Larry The Cable Guy:
You write, "all the public school supporters are crying for oversight of charter schools and yet the job has never been done correctly on the public schools they already had oversight of"
Yep, that's very true, at least in the case of TUSD, which "educates" somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000 students in Southern Arizona.
I grew up in a blue state with an excellent public school system. One of the things I learned there was that states that care about public education (instead of caring about maximizing the degree to which the current public district system can be privatized, which is what AZ legislators seem to care about) not only FUND schools better, they oversee and regulate them better. They don't just hand them money and say "do whatever you like with it." They have enforcement and regulatory mechanisms in place that keep entire public districts from descending into the kind of dysfunction into which TUSD has descended.
The free market idea seems to be "let the state-sponsored public district product go to hell, that will only make our alternative products more attractive to consumers." This is not the right way to look at the job of educating a state's children. There will always be some parents who can't or won't protect their children's best interests. Shall we allow those kids to attend schools that are so malfunctioning that can't reasonably be expected to prepare these kids for constructive participation in our economy and society?
The funny part to me is that all the public school supporters are crying for oversight of charter schools and yet the job has never been done correctly on the public schools they already had oversight of. It's also funny that you would blame the Gov and the State legislators for the incompetence at TUSD.
Place the blame where it belongs. And see if you can get enough parents to care.
Yeah, Peabrain. It takes someone with a big, brass pair like you to comment in a publication where 96.4% of the readers agree with you.
Great artists and teachers. They support and encourage you to explore your inner creativity.
Parents who've had their children's educations mismanaged in TUSD schools during the last three years don't find anything about this subject funny.
Caught between malfeasant and incompetent local administrators and malfeasant / negligent / privatizing state legislators and governor, both the kids in our schools and the future of a state suffer irreversible damage.
Not funny at all.
"A better question: Why is there no effective oversight from the state Department of Education and / or Attorney General's Office in Arizona that can protect Arizona residents who enroll their children in Arizona public schools from this kind of mismanagement of their children's schools?"
Now that there is funny!
Absolutely C dub. That way when they steal it the BP can charge them with no proof of insurance and wasting finite resources that cause global warming.
Graphically speaking, am I the only one who thinks the Tohono Chul Park logo looks like a cross between the symbol for the Star Wars Old Republic and a brand label for a Marijuana dispensary?
Then again, the Pokémon Go logo looks like HAL the computer’s ocular interface after a night of smoking the good stuff from that marijuana dispensary. Just saying…
I wonder if he leaves the keys in the ignition of his truck when he leaves it to fill one of his tanks.
Mark Stegeman: thank you for letting us know that once again, there have been disparities between what the district reports and what an external audit finds. What a surprise.
David Safier: Why don't you check what TUSD reports about enrollment against the auditor's report before attempting to "inform" the public about the district's enrollment?
John Huppenthal: Mark Stegeman doesn't have much influence as a minority member on a board that for the past four years has voted 3-2 (Grijalva-Foster-Juarez voting against Hicks-Stegeman) on most issues that have come before it.
Three years ago the Board in this district hired a thirty-eight year old who had only a few months of interim superintendent experience in a district in Texas that was much smaller than TUSD.
The Arizona Daily Star reported, "Sanchez's résumé showed he spent the past 15 years moving from job to job in different Texas school districts about every two years, which he attributed to being called upon to serve by others. He had also never been a superintendent, aside from a three-month interim stint, which he left to come to Tucson."
The hiring process was so opaque to the public that the Arizona Daily Star filed a law suit to get the district to release information relating to it:
"After the district withheld the names, claiming executive session privilege, the Arizona Daily Star sued. Pima County Superior Court Judge James Marner ruled last month the names must be released. TUSD made great efforts to hide the candidates who were brought in for the interviews. A security plan the district submitted to the court showed box trucks were parked on either side of the candidate parking spaces to conceal them from view. Candidates were escorted to different holding rooms to keep them from seeing one another."
For the last three years this district has suffered from what many observers believe is gross mismanagement, as the Board that brought this administrator into town has refused to hold him accountable in a number of key areas:
-- for managing the desegregation case in a way that does not result in escalation of costs and increase of conflicts with the court
-- for using hiring and staff-support practices that ensure that all classrooms are filled with fully qualified, permanent teachers
-- for the development and implementation of a high quality strategic plan that can help to raise the public confidence necessary to pass bonds and overrides
just to name a few key issues.
How can parent satisfaction and teacher satisfaction be improved in a district with a board that won't hold its administration accountable for telling the public the truth or for using proper practices in the administration of a public institution?
More examples could be given.
What's the point in advising a minority member of the board with no power to effect change that he should work to improve teacher and parent satisfaction? Is this the level of understanding of the on-the-ground obstacles to making beneficial changes you brought to the job when you were state superintendent of education?
A better question: Why is there no effective oversight from the state Department of Education and / or Attorney General's Office in Arizona that can protect Arizona residents who enroll their children in Arizona public schools from this kind of mismanagement of their children's schools?
To Huppenthal-grow to 60,000?
Tucson's not growing. We have no economy, intentionally so. The only segment with growth is illegals.
Sounds like you're on board with the Grijalva agenda. Make Arizona Mexico Again.
So you are saying the tanks are there to help BP make arrests? That is brilliant! Keep up the good work.
PS Don't be fooled by your current satisfaction survey. Only 80% of parents who rate themselves "highly satisfied" will rate the quality of their child's education Excellent or give it the grade of an "A".
Staff repackage this data and convinces boards that everything is great when alarm bells should be going off.
You need to restructure your survey for action.
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