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Re: “TUSD Suspense Continues

One of the interesting things to observe here is that die-hard privatizer and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has repeatedly expressed his support for Sanchez in the comment streams. Below are a couple of links to pieces where this occurs. Huppenthal's comments are near the bottom of the streams:

Elsewhere Huppenthal expresses opinions that are less puzzling: "The district school with the classical classroom is a dead end for students from poverty and students of color. Yet, you [David Safier] insist that everything is ok and keep writing testaments about the greatness of district education."

What can it mean that a die-hard privatizer, the former State Superintendent of PUBLIC Instruction who saw fit to use his office to make robo calls to residents letting them know that if they were willing to abandon the public district system, there were public funds available for them to apply in private schools, wants Sanchez to remain Superintendent of TUSD?

Perhaps Huppenthal understands that the longer Sanchez remains in his post, the further conditions will deteriorate in the district, and the larger the "market share" of privates and charters will become.

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Posted by Why does privatizer Huppenthal support Sanchez? on 02/23/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

We could start-up a GMO project at the UofA to make a coyote-hyena hybrids and turn them loose in open border areas. Native cultures on both sides of the border seem to like these scavengers which usually eat whatever they kill which should benefit the environment. Plus it would be a lot cheaper than constructing a border wall.

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Posted by SteveC on 02/23/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “No Ordinary Pie

Sounds good, but can they accommodate my gluten-free wife?

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Posted by Karl on 02/23/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Tucson Hip-Hop Fest is more than dope flow and strident rhymes

It's great to see Native American kids having an outlet to express themselves.

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Posted by bslap on 02/23/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

TUSD - mob rule. What an unprofessional board. This is not how you handle business with your superintendent.

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Posted by bslap on 02/23/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

Pinche pochos con el nopal todavia en la frente trying to correct you on what to call people here that are undocumented? De alla vienen pendejos. The gente are undocumented immigrants NOT illegals -- NO PERSON IS ILLEGAL pocho pendejo.

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Posted by Icecld on 02/23/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Watching Someone Roll His First Kid Joint to Grand Funk, and 'We're An American Band!'

Billy - Great article, btw. I have a connection to Grand Funk Railroad and "American Band" I think you might enjoy. In 1990 or so, my band was on a bill with the Dead Milkman in Oakland. Backstage, as the opening band was playing, I got into a conversation with Joe Genaro of the Milkmen. We found common ground making fun of - and admitting admiration for - these early arena cock rockers. At one point he said, "hey, I have something for you". He proceeded to hand me a folded piece of paper. The scrap had a phone number and the name "Connie". He went on to say that this was "sweet, sweet Connie's" phone number, the she was still um, active. "When you get to Little Rock, make sure you call her, she'd like you", he said. As a young musician and deep music fan, the surreal image of this grand dame of groupies bookending her career with Grand Funk and the Dead Milkmen was intoxicating. And that I now held this key to club, was like being bestowed the most sacred talisman. I never called the number- never really thinking I rocked appropriately to earn it, I guess - but I do of course still possess that scrap of paper. -slutes

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Posted by David Slutes on 02/23/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

Oh I missed this article when I commented on the OTHER unbiased reporting of TUSD affairs (NOT) that came through on my news feed. I saw you there David, and wondered if you too had to take a shower after the meeting because of all the slime that was being spewed from the dias and the audience commenters. Guess not. The comments above have pretty clearly indicated why people wouldn't show up but there is more. The attempt to get people to speak out in favor of Sanchez' leaving took place considerably AFTER the district phone calls to administrators and teachers to attend and support Sanchez, the changing of the SCPC meeting to make sure to pack the place with parents (although most SCPC people are not parents anymore) and the FB event that invited people for 4:30 (none came) demonstration and, yes, featured a nauseating picture of HT Sanchez as if he were Barack Obama and stood for HOPE. Well, he doesn't stand for HOPE for teachers, counselors or nurses, all of whom lost important benefits when their new contracts were released, nor for minority/majority students that should have been benefitting from the magnet school monies, nor for blue collar staff that received a whopping 1% raise (adding up to pennies on the dollar while administrators' 1% raise added up to thousands).....He also doesn't look like HOPE for any Board member who wants to know how many families have been thrown off of TUSD grounds with a police order to not return (a question not answered) or even one who wants a staff member to schedule a doodle poll (at LEAST 5 minutes of work for a highly paid assistant to pull off) of Board members to plan a Budget study session (which, incidentally, it is really hard to understand why the old Board majority is so opposed to!) While those of us who did stand up for taking Sanchez down from his pinnacle of un-acountable caudillismo are often berated, we do still represent almost 200,000 votes within TUSD just a few months ago calling for that very thing. That is a total I do not see you cite, David.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 02/23/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Dickweed Mess

Shit, I'll wager that Emperor Chump will be begging for that 17 bazillion zillion dollars when he actually realises what his "Great Wall" will cost.

Chump will make sure that the world's supply of masking tape and Gummi Bears is taxed at outrageous amounts so that he (not we) can make 'Murica "great again" by building a wall. The same wall which tunnels and ladders will easily defeat.

Oh, the ignorance that is displayed. Putin is loving every moment of this.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 02/23/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “No Ordinary Pie

It's amazing. I've been a regular customer at the Rillito Farmer's Market.

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Posted by Buff Crone on 02/23/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

TUSD has lost 15,000 students under Adelita Grijalva and H.T. Sanchez. Those parents don't go to the meetings.

Choice is a wonderful thing for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Posted by What, Again on 02/23/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “TUSD Suspense Continues

Of course, "Who showed up", the whole thing is a dog and pony show that forefronts politics while putting kids, achievement and learning on the back burner! There were a few key facts left out by this one-sided account of the most recent Board meetings. The majority of the speakers the first night that this issue was considered showed up solicited by Kristel Fosters' campaign, and some had given campaign donations as well. Not noted here is that Cassandra Becerra is also an aide to Congressman Grijalva, the illustrious father of the previous Board president. Also not noted is the number of people who throw accusations at Stegeman and Sedgwick and heckle throughout the meetings that have deep connections to the local Democratic power structure: think Adam Ragan (major player in the Kristel Foster campaign and becoming well known for trumpeting invectives against the twosome) and Derek Harris, an OMA teacher. Neither of them have been active prior to this election at school board meetings and to my knowledge neither of them have children in the district either--not that parents are the only ones with interest in TUSD. Given that its all more about politics and less about substance, how surprising is it that people who received the Superintendents' largess showed up to support his regime? What else is personal largess for?! I recall when the decision was announced to give $10,000 to an individual school as well as a considerable sum to Davis Elementary for their mariachi camp, (attended by a few Board members' children)--conveniently enough, Davis families and administration are also strong supporters of Sanchez. I thought that it was unethical and should be against policy: in the past Superintendents have donated to Educational Enrichment Foundation and allowed it to give the money to children and schools on a greatest need basis.But there is absolutely no political patronage benefit to doing something so simple and altruistic--better to give it to a few chosen schools (whose favor you need) out of the 86 that the Superintendent is responsible for. It was so obviously buying allegiance that only a caudillo would have thought of it to begin with.

In trying to explain TUSD to an out of town friend the other day, I was reminded of how amazing it is that a district could be such an abject leadership failure on so many fronts all while receiving 65 million extra dollars to desegregate and improve the education of who has now become the majority of its students. How could that even happen if the Board and the Superintendents WERE focused on doing the best by the kids? Its always amazing to me that the Board member who talks about continuity the most often says "I have seen X number of Superintendents over my years on the Board" without wondering whether her own very long-term presence or actions could have been a part of that level of discontent! Continuity is a brand new value: I don't recall any of the Board majority 4 years ago begging Dr. Pedicone to stay (although Kristel Foster did have an epiphany during the most recent campaign, with photos and stories to prove her new BFF relationship with the man she eviscerated for his MAS stance during the first campaign).

In short, this article is another stunning example of biased reporting on TUSD from the once-great Weekly. On that note, I will say that it was a real thrill to see David Safier, the usually very biased TUSD blogger actually AT THE MEETING taking notes. I'd like to think that by actually being there, he might have noticed the grotesque level of disfunctionality in the Board family that is NOT caused by the new majority. Whether or not he would make such a thing public, though, is a different question. I am not holding my breath!

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 02/23/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Best Art Classes

I have been thinking about taking art classes. I think I need a better creative outlet in my life. Art can be so therapeutic and fun at the same time!

Posted by plassila on 02/23/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Watching Someone Roll His First Kid Joint to Grand Funk, and 'We're An American Band!'

Now that's what Rock n Roll is and should be all about!

Grand Funk (Railroad) weren't the critic's darlings, but they couldn't care less. They were loved by the people...and they packed every venue, no matter how big, that they visited for several years.

Both of the videos posted here prove why. They fucking rocked.

I have major respect for Mark, Don, Mel and (partial member) Craig. Shit, even Homer J. Simpson is a fan.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 02/23/2017 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

The bully prepares the ground by giving candy to anyone who agrees with him publicly and by punching anyone who disagrees with him publicly in the face.

Then the bully puts on a show: "How many people agree with me?"

And we are supposed to conclude that because a lot of people are willing to publicly agree with the bully to get candy and very few are willing to publicly disagree and get punched in the face, there is no genuine, widespread opposition to the bully's opinion?

How many people are too stupid to see this for what it is? David Safier pretends to be, but somehow I think that he, having recently served as part of the bully's enforcement squad, understands how it works very well.

Thank you, Jim Campbell, for providing very effective personal testimony. And thank you to Kathy for being one of the only people in town willing to take the risk of very publicly and very effectively asking for better for our kids.

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Posted by Bullying people into silence does not equal genuine support. on 02/23/2017 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Modern Slavery

How did "Salvery" -- in the headline, of all things -- ever get past an editor?

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Posted by Firsttimecaller on 02/23/2017 at 6:58 AM

Re: “No Ordinary Pie

Oh boy, sure hope the toppings include pineapple, kale and Brussel sprouts, and don't forget bbq chicken! What's this proscutto stuff anyway?

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Posted by mrbigshotno1 on 02/23/2017 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Watching Someone Roll His First Kid Joint to Grand Funk, and 'We're An American Band!'

Mark was part of the "Happy Together" tour that came though Tucson about a year ago. He 's still got the chops!

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Posted by Wise-Guy on 02/23/2017 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

I found your response to the first question to be totally irresponsible. Entering the US without proper documentation is a crime. Just as if I went more that 100 miles into Mexico without stopping at the border filling out the proper forms and paying my $21.00 fee. The very least you can be is truthful. Si?

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Posted by Tucsonbass on 02/23/2017 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

No, they 'aint Immigrants, Mano, when they come America without permission, they are ILLEGAL Aliens HERE

Just like the Guatemalans who enter Mexico without permission are ILLEGAL Aliens THERE.

Changing descriptive adjectives and adverbs doesn't change the status!


Of COURSE you do!

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Posted by KitWarden on 02/23/2017 at 6:14 AM

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