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Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

David Safier is right here. But it doesn't matter. His reporting on TUSD is completely compromised by the sad fact that his nose is so far up the asses of the superintendent and assorted lackeys. You whiff shit just reading the stuff. And what does that say for the Weekly? There's not even pretend objectivity here. Go read his latest, gushy brown-nosing on Kristel Foster's FB page. You'll see what I mean. Tucson deserves better than this crap.

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Posted by school guard on 02/13/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Historic House

Built 1919
Address 19 (7+3+9)
Planned before Dr Khalifa was even born coincidence i think not
The GOD is ONE HIS System is one

Posted by Alpha 19 on 02/13/2017 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education." -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

The founders understood the importance of education and an educated electorate to maintaining a nation controlled by the people and their elected representatives.

Those who are in power now would do well to remember that part of what made America great in the first place was public education.

Unfortunately, those in power today know full well that to maintain their control of the people they must take away any opportunity to see behind their facade and discover the house of cards build upon a foundation of maintaining fear and the control of information. Freedom of speech and the freedom of the press have never been in such peril.

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Posted by sgsmith on 02/13/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

My first time was in an outhouse outside Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Posted by Falwell on 02/13/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Give Me Your Huddled Masses


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Posted by Blanco con ojos abiertos on 02/13/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

What a great choice. Thank God the liberals will not allow discrimination based on anything, or they could have stopped this.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/13/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Jerry Falwell Jr. to Head Trump's Higher Ed Deregulation Task Force. Expect a Big Boost for Liberty—Falwell's Liberty University, That Is.

So to an establishment liberal like Safier appointing someone who has successfully grown a higher level education institution successfully is a detriment?

You criticize the online enrollment but do you have any idea, any idea at all the amount of money ASU is spending to expand their online enrollment thoughout the country?

And what's wrong with online education? Are you ignoring technology developments over the last 20 years? Of course you are. You're ignorant to today's world, fat and happy with your government retirement check.

The education paradigm has changed. Today's America couldn't care less about 4 years of indoctrination when the value added learning can be had in 20 months. But not old liberals. Stuck in the past and determined to trap everyone there with them.

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Posted by What, Again on 02/13/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Fiamme Pizza Napoletana Restaurant Now Open

Just got lunch from Fiamme, a margherita pizza and a caesar salad. Both very good. They have a great wood fired oven in the front of the restaurant. Terrific, chewy crust. (I don't work for the Trump administration, so I can say all this, right?)

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Posted by David Safier on 02/13/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

Frances, faith in God is not a private interest. The only real gain occurs after death. many people have decided to smear faith with some sort of broad religious brush to cover up for some other fear or inadequacy.

I believe the original intent mirrored the USC that the government shall not establish a religion. I also believe if the federal government chooses to solve education problems by allowing it, the states may follow.

Both sides use the USC as a security blanket, and even at that neither finds much security. But continuing to try to solve education issues by doing the same thing we have been doing will provide the same results we have been getting.

And that is the definition of insanity.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/13/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

So do you, Frances. (Genuflect to the Constitution when it supports your discriminatory anti-Catholic school funding policy agenda, while conveniently ignoring other law-based and constitution-based arguments that don't conform to the ideological points you want to push.)

I'm asking you again: what's your message to the parents of students enrolled in the recently de-magnetized TUSD schools:
"This form of mis-managed, insufficiently professionalized 'education' is good enough for you because the money that flows through this district, unlike the money that flows through charters and voucher-supported private schools, conforms to the Arizona Constitution, which happens to coincide with my ideological priorities on this particular point, and, not coincidentally, benefits the political party / machine with which I affiliate?"

The kind of differential acces to quality educational opportunities that happens in mismanaged districts like TUSD is an ongoing shame and injustice. Their chronic inability or unwillingness to address inequities in the quality of services offered from one site to the next is the reason a 40 year old desegregation order is still unresolved. I would not wish on my worst enemy the misfortune of having to enroll a child in ANY of this district's schools -- even the supposedly "high functioning" ones -- especially not while the district continues to suffer under its current incompetent and venal administrative management. And that statement is based on direct and extensive experience as a parent and volunteer and direct and extensive experience as a participant in and observer of governance meetings. Unlike other arguments made in this stream, what I have written here is not based on utopian fantasy about what our local public schools SHOULD BE in theory but ARE NOT in practice.

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Posted by Yet again, contra "Frances Perkins" on 02/13/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

Article 2, Section 12. Arizona State Constitution. NO PUBLIC MONEY SHALL BE APPROPRIATED OR APPLIED TO ANY RELIGIOUS WORSHIP, EXERCISE, OR INSTRUCTION, OR TO THE SUPPORT OF ANY RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT. Of course conservatives genuflect to the Constitution when convenient and ignore it when their private interests benefit.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 02/13/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “A Taco Welcome

That Other Paper the Weekly loves to diss covered the change:

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Posted by Firsttimecaller on 02/13/2017 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

What again, why do you support pedophiles?

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Posted by Vietnam vet on 02/13/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

At the national and state level, politicians supporting choice policies have won.

We will not be returning to a state of affairs where large, monolithic, centrally administered "public school districts" -- many of these districts, in poor urban areas, in the grips of corrupt political machines -- once again enjoy an inappropriate monopoly on the use of public funds to educate American citizens. This changed circumstance in the field of education is entirely appropriate, given our political, cultural, and demographic situation as a nation: we live in a pluralist society that guarantees freedom of religion, and we've long since lost our faith that there is any such a thing as a value-neutral perspective that can be reliably conveyed in impersonal, centralized, state-controlled educational institutions. You can read any number of political scientists, cultural anthropologists, and literary critics to bring yourself up to date on this topic, if you higher education came in the days before Post-Modernist epistemologies resoundingly defeated the Modernist project: James C. Scott. Clifford Geertz. Marshall Sahlins. Stanley Fish.

Memo to the "anti-privatizers": if your involvement in policy debates on these issues is actually motivated by a concern for student well-being, it's time to shift your policy advocacy emphasis to putting legislation in place that supports fiscal transparency for all institutions using public funds and a suitably flexible (not Common Core-style) agreement about what constitutes academic competence in each of the disciplines.

Some seem to believe that "religious" schools don't accept appropriate academic standards in the sciences, but this is not uniformly true. Some do, some don't. Salpointe recently installed a state-of-the-art STEM center and it teaches the same AP science curricula other college preparatory high schools do. As for the "hot button" politicized science issues: recently a Carmelite scientist from South America whose research on climate change contributed to the formulation of the pope's encyclical on the environment, Laudator Si, gave a talk at Salpointe. He was not a climate change denier.

Some seem to believe that all "religious" schools limit women's opportunities and perpetuate outmoded gender stereotypes. Once again: some do, some don't. Salpointe's first Rhodes Scholar was a Hispanic young woman, a varsity athlete, and a top student.

If there are young people right now in Tucson who could benefit from the opportunities Salpointe and other schools like it can provide, their parents' income levels should not be an obstacle. We are fortunate that our public policy in this country is starting, in a very small and limited way, to rectify some of the gross injustices we have tolerated relating to income-discriminatory access to educational opportunity.

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Posted by Time to change the policy agenda, "anti-privatizers." on 02/13/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

U r absolutely correct! Thank u for sharing, David. A problem I have noticed about Charter schools in Tucson, is that they seem to attract problem children w/problem parents. The kids learn little, yet pass with flying colors, n their parents are delighted. The few good kids who end up in charter schools, learn all the problem kids' bad habits, which are even worse than the habits they would pick up at public school!

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Posted by wise grandma on 02/13/2017 at 6:44 AM

Re: “Is The Ku Klux Klan Making a Come Back... in Tucson?

Don't forget the misspelling of the word wear in regards to the ware he used. Lol, I love Idiots.

Posted by Sosh D'bonair on 02/13/2017 at 5:32 AM

Re: “So, There's an Underwear Party Coming to Club Congress

I think this totally started when I picked up my friend from a concert at the rialto... in my underwear. Lol Amazing

Posted by Moikey on 02/12/2017 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Dinnerware Revisited


Posted by Sasha Charls on 02/12/2017 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

Frances Perkins - "They didn't have millions from DeVos to lobby for handing over taxpayer money to the schools."

How many millions do the teachers' unions lobby to take choice away from parents and imprison our children in public education?

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Posted by What, Again on 02/12/2017 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Countries That Embraced Vouchers Made the Wrong School Choice

Immigration policy, like education policy, needs to be formulated on the basis of relevant facts and data. One relevant piece of data when it comes to immigration is whether we have sufficient resources to provide the services immigrants need to make a successful transition into citizenship and employment here. (Having volunteered with programs in support of both East Asian immigrants and African immigrants in the past, I know that quite a bit of support is needed as people learn the language and how American systems function).

What I have trouble with is trying to shut down discussion of a policy issue simply on the basis of "IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL !!!" As has been pointed out in these comment streams before, slavery was constitutional before the 13th amendment. Barring women from voting was constitutional before the 19th amendment.

When it comes to issues like vouchers and immigration, I'd like to hear arguments for whether it's sustainable or unsustainable, humane or inhumane, just or unjust, a positive or negative addition to our current economic and educational situation in Southern Arizona. Where the issues currently stand in terms of the Constitution and Supreme Court rulings is one thing to take into account, but discussion doesn't end there.

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Posted by Parallels on 02/12/2017 at 3:32 PM

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