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Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Thanks j. I found more of those facts when I looked. We are sure led to believe that all they needed was more money. There is something inherently flawed in the delivery process of public education.

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/opinion/article_44986318-10c3-11e6-85f9-830cdaf38ade.html

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Posted by Charter a Course For All on 08/24/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

School choice has been extraordinarily beneficial in Arizona. In 1992, the start of school choice, juveniles committed 70 murders in Arizona. In 2012, despite a doubling of the juvenile population and a tripling of the at risk population, murders by juveniles had dropped to 7.

In 2015, Arizona African Americans ranked number one in the nation in 8th grade math scores. Hispanic 8th graders ranked 11th, up from 35th in 2011 and Arizona white students ranked 6th.

Arizona also did well in reading with Blacks, Whites and Hispanics ranking 14th, 7th and 29th.

In the 2015 nationwide Gallup Poll 24% of parents rated their child's school quality an "A", the second lowest number in 47 years of measurement. All of our "A" rated districts were rated by their parents 60s or higher with the Chandler Unified the grand champion at 75%.

These measures are the science of school quality.

2012 is the most recent date of FBI juvenile statistics. The school rankings are from NAEP, the gold standard of educational measurement.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 08/24/2016 at 10:16 AM

Re: “BASIS Schools: On Beyond Charters

So Robert has decided who can and can't comment on this article. Does that thinking ring a bell with anybody?

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Posted by Marilyn Tucson on 08/24/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “BASIS Schools: On Beyond Charters

What most of you are missing is the "fact" that BASIS is NOT outperforming the public district schools but they are using public tax dollars. If you are not aware of that fact then you have no business commenting on this article. They simply wittle down the student population to weed out those that do not perform at the highest standards, which they do quite effectively. Public schools cannot do that and BASIS is using our tax dollars in their charter schools, which is what the writer is concerned with. What they do with their private schools is fine but what they do with our money should be completely transparent. The person who said that is not transparent in public schools doesn't know much about them so you should refrain from commenting. Again, do your research on who is doing the best job of education "all" children, not just the ones they pick and choose, then you will see that BASIS is unnecessary in the first place. We should put those dollars to work in our public district schools.

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Posted by Robert on 08/24/2016 at 7:00 AM

Re: “The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

Maybe it's just as well she didn't mention LE BUZZ (Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde Rd.) which has their own roasted coffees from exotic places, but also their own bakery ....... croissants to die for. It's getting much too crowded......just celebrated 20 years in Tucson. CONGRATULATIONS, MARGARET! WE
LOVE LE BUZZ! ( The LE is pronounced the French way).

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Posted by Nancy Fahringer on 08/24/2016 at 6:55 AM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

" In addition there is no documentation that charter schools do any better and in many cases do worse than regular public schools."

Sounds like something I would have said years ago when I was a member of the NEA. I don't know where you're getting this "no documentation" info from, but it's bullcrap.

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Posted by Once a teacher on 08/24/2016 at 6:43 AM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Those who claim our public schools are broken should try funding it for a change. Here in Arizona we have methodically and deliberately de-funded our public schools in favor of tax cuts for the wealthy. Now we complain that the schools are broken and instead turn to for profit unaccountable charters.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 08/24/2016 at 6:43 AM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Public Ed Is So Broken... You don't fix something that is supposedly broken by replacing it with something even more broken and robs the public. I also contend that public education's funds were systematically and purposely cut for decades to make them broken. Tom Horne said and this is not a direct quote but I did hear him say it.... that he would see TUSD closed in his lifetime. He was upset with the Mexican American Studies program.

We can always fix schools as everything in life needs to continually be improved. However the Koch brothers' agenda is alive and well which is to close all public education or at the very least separate children of color and/or are poor from those of affluence. White entitlement at its finest. You, 'Broken' are supporting crime by supporting what charter schools are doing. In addition there is no documentation that charter schools do any better and in many cases do worse than regular public schools when demographics are taken into account.

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Posted by Guardians on 08/24/2016 at 6:35 AM

Re: “The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

Oh my! A mediocre writer for the NYT spends a few days in Tucson and feels she actually knows the place well enough to put forth the following assertions:
"...locals start acting like Cindy Lou Who on Christmas morning. They turn their faces to the sky and celebrate with prickly pear margaritas." Say what?
"Coaxing a vibrant food culture from this land of heat and cactuses..." What - we're not a modern city?
"...devoted eaters who will spend the day debating the best place to get a good raspado." Oh, that one will give Phoenicians a chuckle or two.
“They’re O.K., but it’s not like cholla buds are going to take the country by storm,..." Well then, why even mention them, Mr. Wilder? This is the friggin NYT, fer gosh sakes!
"But Tucson will always be Tucson, a place people either love or hate." That is just false. Many people like it well enough to visit during high season, and then sensibly go back to wherever to avoid the exquisite agonies of June and July here. If you can find any year-round resident who really hates it, that would be a great interview to publish. First question: "So why dont you GTFO, then?"

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Posted by Starcommand on 08/24/2016 at 1:35 AM

Re: “Mensa mini-quiz

1. Palomino is a type of horse / breed and a color. It was classified as a horse type BEFORE the genetic component was understood. Yes, different breeds can have a tan color However, Palomino is still considered a "breed." Look it up on petbreeds.com

2. YES. Questions that are knowledge based are absurd. No MENSA test would quantify a person's intelligence quotient using questions that would appear on Jeopardy, or in Trivial Pursuit. The questions are designed to test your ability to see patterns where most people see randomness; to problem solve, etc.

3. How is the last question a test of intelligence? Really, do highly intelligent people know that "incorrectly" is spelled incorrectly by smart people? My IQ is over 170 and I didn't know that. Why would I? Is there a cutesy clue in the question itself, like a "wink, wink" isn't this cute?

Posted by rcma on 08/24/2016 at 12:07 AM

Re: “The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

Excellent job by Edible Baja Arizona coordinating this visit by The New York Times!

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Posted by doug on 08/23/2016 at 10:02 PM

Re: “The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

But have you had my Tacos?

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Posted by Ruben Soto on 08/23/2016 at 9:56 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Hillary is about to have the public turn on her when they see the fraudulent schemes that she and Bill perpetrated on the country.

http://nypost.com/2016/08

Will we see a criminal investigation Mr President?

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 08/23/2016 at 9:47 PM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Yep, regulation of public schools has been so successful, huh? Yeah, let's put all those regulations on charters, too.

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Posted by Once a teacher on 08/23/2016 at 9:12 PM

Re: “The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

Also, support the small producers, projects, farmers and advocates that are working tirelessly to ensure that all Tucsonans have access to good nutrition. Culturally conscious farmers like the San Xavier Cooperative Farm are making crops and tradition accessible for all of us. Mission Garden is a literal walking tour of food production in the Tucson Basin for the last 4000 years. Community Organizers and organizations like Flowers and Bullets, Tierra y Libertad and the Community Food Bank are ensuring that everybody in our community has equal access to good and whole local foods. So many are a part of making the Designation meaningful.
Let's ensure that in addition to supporting local restaurateurs we also are enacting policy that protects our Foodways for the generations to come.
-elh

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Posted by eulaliane on 08/23/2016 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Danehy

To quote Shrill Hill 'Tom Hanks, Bill Murray. What difference does it make?"

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Posted by CW13 on 08/23/2016 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Arizona Transgender Man, ACLU Sue Country's Fifth Largest Health Care System for Discrimination

it is the profiteering capitalist puppet Obombney Obusha who created this insurance scam when MEDICAID FOR ALL who need it would save trillions of dollars for taxpayers and relieve many employers of the high cost of "insurance" which is a century old scam to deny sick people "pre-existing" or "experimental" life saving care .... Canada has been a single payor system with drugs just pennies for what costs hundreds of dollars in USA

Posted by Larry Auburn on 08/23/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Arizona Transgender Man, ACLU Sue Country's Fifth Largest Health Care System for Discrimination

gender dysphoria is no more an "elective" than hyperthyroidism which bigots commonly attribute to obese people who choose to eat too much .... this patient who works at a hospital will win this lawsuit and other so called insurance companies hiding their bigotry behind profit motives will "choose" to fund scientific treatments instead of conforming to religious profiteering

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Posted by Larry Auburn on 08/23/2016 at 4:54 PM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Why not fix the public schools first so the parents have something to fall back on? You have no intention of fixing public schools do you?

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Posted by Public Ed Is So Broken on 08/23/2016 at 2:07 PM

Re: “A Broke Student’s Guide

The best way to go out and drink under $15? Go to the grocery store. Stay home.

Best way to save on food? Go to the grocery store. Stay home.

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Posted by birdie on 08/23/2016 at 1:05 PM

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