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Re: “Danehy

I dunno, Tom. "The School" has sort of a nice ring to it. You might have given them an idea.

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 09/11/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Mr. Safier: Dr. Mark Stegeman is NOT the issue in this campaign unless he has information that he must share with the Voters of TUSD; that can effect the possible outcome of the election!!! The Pima County Board of Elections will determine if Dr. Stegeman is in violation of Election Law.

We need to focus on this upcoming election, the replacement of the two incumbents, and with that, a reorganization of Central Administration/Policies so as to move TUSD in a positive Academic direction.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Francis Saitta on 09/11/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Safier: The in-kinds were a combination, but from a legal viewpoint it doesn't matter. The point is that they count against the total contributions allowed by one person. Higher in-kind contributions reduce the allowable cash contributions by the same amount.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mark Stegeman on 09/11/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Media Watch

I'll warn my Central Ohio friends Kayla is coming to town.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 09/11/2014 at 12:21 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Who are Grigalva and obamantion and how are they traitors? The House leadership and Senate Republicans are the real traitors and ought to repay the salaries they clearly did not earn while wasting the last four years on meaningless votes, obstruction and stonewalling.

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Posted by Ldonyo on 09/11/2014 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Sanchez Made A Poor Decision Hiring Grijalva's Relative

So, here is the thing...HT Sanchez is in charge and rules by intimidation, but is smart enough to understand "politics". Just listen to a governing board meeting ( Adelita Grijalva is his biggest advocate HT can do no wrong in her eyes and she has convinced at least two other members the same. It was very smart of him to appoint the mother in law as a way to keep AG in his pocket!Everyone on his leadership team is ruled by intimidation, not collaboration. So, they either stay quiet for fear of retaliation or speak up and are forced to resign or be fired! Shall we count the number of people who have resigned within the last 4 months? It would appear the problem is not with HT but with the people who put him in charge! Maybe everyone should think long and hard about who they elect to oversee the education of our children!

Posted by Education Advocate on 09/11/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Mark, thanks for joining this comments thread. I'd like to get some clarification about the comment you made concerning your contributions to the Campos-Fleenor and Hicks campaigns.

As I understand it, you spent $1,200 of your own money as an in-kind contribution to the Campos-Fleenor campaign to pay for a petition signer. That's what it says on her campaign document. But you say it was "partly money I spent and partly my own time." Does that mean you considered your time collecting signatures for her campaign an in-kind contribution? I've always considered that to be volunteering for a campaign, not something which was given a monetary value and reported. Can you clarify how much of the $1,200 was actual money and how much was for your time?

Then you say you gave "the same $1,200 in-kind contribution with Hicks's campaign." Again, was that funds, time or a combination of the two?

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Posted by David Safier on 09/11/2014 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Rio Nuevo Board to Pay $100,000 for a Beach Boys Concert

Someone needs a HUGE LESSON in NEGOTIATING from the Fox, Rialto, Congress....
So are tickets going to be $150-$200-$300. each? And people complain when tickets are $35!!

Posted by Susan H on 09/11/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Media Watch

I will miss Aaron Pickering. I thought he did a great job for KOLD, and wish him well.

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Posted by tiredofpc on 09/11/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Danehy

Agreed. Not only was a name change not needed the new name is dumb.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by retrorv on 09/11/2014 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

No comments about the website redesign?

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Posted by retrorv on 09/11/2014 at 10:42 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

You came to my school once, Mr. Stegeman, in the six years, since you were elected in 2008. Mr. Juarez came twice, since being elected two years ago..

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/11/2014 at 10:15 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Betts -- As Hirschman points out, "exit" and "voice" can work together to exert pressure on an organization to change its ways. Effective instances of the use of "voice" (such as yours) need to be supported, and accurate data on the volume of "exit" (and type of constituents exiting) should also be provided. When people deeply committed to the cause of public education invest a lot in trying to help the institution and then leave, that says something about the responsiveness and functionality of administration / bureaucracy in the district. We need to have an accurate understanding of what is going on if we are to make the right decisions about how to improve.

In my view, the board needs to encourage continuity in the superintendency and retain Dr. Sanchez, but it also needs to get behind policies that ensure improvements to transparency and accountability. If it does not, the district will continue to hemorrhage parents like those I mentioned in my earlier post who are strong supporters of public schooling. These parents want TUSD schools to be high functioning and they could, through their involvement and advocacy, be strong positive contributors to that goal, if the district could become responsive and responsible enough to start retaining them.

RE: the internal auditor policy and the quality of discussion that took place on that topic at last night's board meeting-- we are agreed on both of those points.

The upcoming board election is of critical importance. As many well-informed and thoughtful commentators on Safier's recent posts have noted, the composition and climate of the board needs to change. I hope we will maintain continuity in the superintendency, but I also sincerely hope that we will elect board members who can be collaborative when that is what is needed, at the same time that they can be effective in opposing wrong-headed policies when these are introduced.

Factionalism, cronyism, patronage, incivility, "rubber stamping," and personality-based decision making should stop, for the good of our children. Positive change in the institutional culture and effective leadership need to start at the top, i.e. at the board level. I don't agree with you (or with any other board member or candidate) on every issue, but I support your candidacy because you seem to have the intelligence, experience, and consensus-building skills needed to help improve the way the board functions.

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Posted by A TUSD Parent who is FedUp on 09/11/2014 at 10:12 AM

Re: “The Skinny

"But it's going to be more sustainable and more effective if the public understands what the facts are on immigration."

The facts are business wants cheap labor, and the 1% want cheap nannies and working Americans can just bend over and take it.

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Posted by bslap on 09/11/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “The Skinny

"But it's going to be more sustainable and more effective if the public understands what the facts are on immigration."

The facts are business wants cheap labor, rich media companies want cheap nannies, and working Americans get to just bend over and take it.

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Posted by bslap on 09/11/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

Wait, isn't violating the laws of a sovereign nation immoral? I guess it's not if you really want to.

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Posted by bslap on 09/11/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

I want to thank Dr. Stegeman for his leadership and thank him for guidance as who to vote for. This should be nonpartisan.

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Posted by Logical Thinker on 09/11/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Betts Putman-Hildalgo: If you really cared "about the kids"...a shibboleth that you constantly use without any specific details as to HOW you would help the kids, you would unhesitatingly ask for the removal, by the Voters of TUSD, of the two incumbents, Grijalva and Hicks along with an Administrative reorganization.

If, as your state, TUSD"..... its still a good education in academics....", why has the District been loosing, for that past 10 years. approximately 1500 Students? There are a few Academically good Schools in TUSD as indicated by the AIMS Scores....but...generally, the District is an Academic mess!!

ARS 15-841 and ARS 15-821 needs to be implemented so as to begin the process of making TUSD a positive Academic experience for ALL Students in the District.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 09/11/2014 at 9:02 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Stegeman is a college professor. Juarez works for Pima County, as does Grijalva. Foster is an SUSD teacher. Hicks works for the city. Currently, there are no unemployed board members with all day free to visit schools. Stegeman has perhaps the most available time, and to his credit, he does visit schools during the school day. The others have a tough time doing that without consequences in their financial security. All of them make efforts to visit school events and district events after working hours. They receive no pay and lots of grief no matter what they do. Juarez, Grijalva, and Hicks have children in the system and family lives to consider as well.

When the public beats up on any school board members, they should remember this is an unpaid, essentially volunteer position, done with the best interests of kids as they see it at heart, at least when they begin service. Nobody gets rich, and I know of only three board members in living history who went on to other elected service. Brenda Even at PCC, Raul Grijalva and Katie Dusenberry to the County Board of Supervisors. Eva Bacal tried but did not succeed. If this is a stepping stone, it sure doesn't work very well. If all the naysayers would put half the energy into helping at their closest individual school at any level, the district would be a lot better!

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Posted by gcb1 on 09/11/2014 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Forever on Fourth

La Indita has been a staple for local environmentalists for years and will still be for many years to come!

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Posted by James Leonard on 09/11/2014 at 8:52 AM

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