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Re: “Dante's Fire

Great place with exquisit food!!

Posted by Deeter on 02/20/2015 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Pima County Can Continue to Hire Smokers

yes they can bslap, smoking is not a protected class. it is a health hazard to both the smoker and those around them. it affects productivity due to smoke breaks. i guess they can eliminate the breaks or insist smokers have to clock out to grab a butt. salaried employees have to enusre they're meeting their 8 hour requirement. and finally, their insurance rates should go up by a factor of 4. discrimante them into the ground.

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Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 02/20/2015 at 10:09 PM

Re: “If You Haven't Been to Cashew Cow Yet, It Might be Time

Wow! Went there for the first time last night and was glad I did. A serving of lime-coconut for myself and a serving of vanilla chocolate mint for my daughter. Yum!!!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jane Parent on 02/20/2015 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Danehy

Wow CW13, isn't this priceless?
I am called " ignorant" by an obvious product of the TUSD education system.
Now Robin, go back and read your letter again and see how many mistakes you can find.
As for hiding behind a name, I just don't want you and your dream pod ending up on my front lawn.
I saw what happened to Scott Walker's elderly parents this week.
Those public employee unions are not gracious losers. Kind of like Tom after this last election.

3 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by The Vince of darkness on 02/20/2015 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Fed Up

Apparently larryd prisons are more important. How are people of modest means going to go to school?

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Posted by Robin B. on 02/20/2015 at 7:44 PM

Re: “No More AIMS; Diane Douglas Proposes "Thorough" Review of State Education Standards

Good-bye and good riddance to high-stakes tests, which never measured anything of value to begin with.

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Posted by Cathy Sproul on 02/20/2015 at 7:40 PM

Re: “That Was Fast. Who's Behind the Douglas-Ducey Robopoll?

Wendy, I'm confused about your accusation that I used inflated numbers. Anyone can see the salary numbers on the 990 form submitted in 2012, Page 7 --… . I would be happy to use more current numbers, but the 2012 return is the most recent I could find on the internet. If the salaries of the three Millers have changed significantly since then, please let me know by providing me more recent 990s.

The 20 percent administrative cost comes from the financial report the school submitted to the state. On your FY 2014 report, page 7, it lists Administration Expenses of $765,118 and Total Expenses of $3,882,327. That comes to 19.7 percent, which I rounded up to 20 Percent.

If my numbers are incorrect, please explain where I made mistakes, with some evidence. I would be happy to correct my figures if they are in error.

That's all I said about the school: The salaries for you, your father and your mother, and the percent spent on administration. I made no comments about the quality of education at the school.

As for my Democratic buddies on the Board of Education -- I have no buddies there, past or present. Honestly, the only member I can name on present or past Board of Education (other than your father, and if I knew his name before it was brought up recently, I had forgotten it) is Mary Gifford, and that's because I did lots of research on K12 Inc. and its Arizona online charter, Arizona Virtual Academy. If you will tell me the name of the Democratic charter rep you mentioned who was on the Board, I'll do what I can to find similar figures about salaries and the percent his school spends on administration and put them on this comment thread.

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Posted by David Safier on 02/20/2015 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Fed Up

Some day Southern Arizona will have to convince the rest of the State to vote for Democrats. Education is more important than ever yet many feel it's a private issue and not one for the population as a whole. I like to think that education is as important a right as food and water...and they are in short supply these days as well.

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Posted by larryd on 02/20/2015 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Media Watch

My favorite is the menacing music played during Channel 4s "investigation" reports.

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Posted by notvmakemesomethingsomething on 02/20/2015 at 5:20 PM

Re: “You Can Buy a Tucson Hookah Lounge on Craigslist—No, Seriously

just the color alone is depressing to go back a second time. PURPLE look what it did for princes carrer

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Posted by club on 02/20/2015 at 4:39 PM

Re: “That Was Fast. Who's Behind the Douglas-Ducey Robopoll?

Well “gcb1” ...I apologize that I am not a shady “reporter” but rather I am actually RUNNING an elementary school so it's pretty busy over here. As I stated in my comment, feel free to call the school. In fact, come by the school and see how hard all of the Millers, and the rest of our amazing team of educators, are working and how many wonderful things are happening for children. While we walk around, I would be happy to use that time to dispel this very one-sided opinion loaded with its' own non- transparent motives. I can also connect you to a lot of parents from the past 19 years this school has been serving kids that would be happy to share why this environment is special to them.

The “Wild West Has Lost Its Charms”, FYI - it is in the AZ Constitution that a charter operator sits on the State Board of Ed…which is an UNPAID volunteer position. Not a conflict of interest. The Board itself voted Mr. Miller to be President. What an honor! Obviously there are, in fact, a lot of people who trust in his educational leadership.

Again...anyone is welcome to visit Challenge Charter School (and enroll as we do follow open enrollment practices!), a Title 1 Rewards school meaning we are doing an above average job of helping the very subgroups Glass implies we are segregating. How can anyone find value in an article clearly so biased and malicious? And then speak to ignorance...?!

Growth of students from the bottom percentiles to the top percentiles is also how a school becomes a Blue Ribbon School which we are. There are only .002% of those in the Nation. We can’t fake that. They are selected by the US Department of Education, not behind closed doors at a "ShadowFaction" conspiracy meeting.

Based on the unjustified attacks on our character, isn't it interesting that I am the only one commenting here willing to do so using my own name?

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Posted by Wendy Miller on 02/20/2015 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Scraps on Scraps Solves Your Compost Problems

Love this concept, good luck! I am rural and have chickens so all organic "waste" gets used as feed or compost, but when I visit people in town I am often uncomfortable with kitchen clean-up. "you throw that in the trash?" eek

Posted by Kali Turner on 02/20/2015 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Douglas Battles Ducey & Board of Ed: Republicans Hate It When Republicans Fight Against Republicans Like Republicans

Good going David -

You captured the atmosphere just right. My real concern is that all this comes at the expense of the kids. Here's the other thing that really stokes my flames - different subject, but same BS. When a state legislator/or family member has a vested-financial interest in Charter schools they should abstain from voting on any measure that strip dollars from traditional public schools and into the coffers of privately own charters. Wake Up ARIZONA! This foolishness, bordering on outright theivery is happening while our eyes are WIDE OPEN!

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Posted by Nancy Montoya-Ijams on 02/20/2015 at 2:26 PM

Re: “That Was Fast. Who's Behind the Douglas-Ducey Robopoll?

An excellent post from Gene Glass. Thanks for the link. As he says, "Arizona simply doesn't recognize things called conflicts of interest." Sadly, the problem is not just with our school systems - public, charter and privates subsidized with public funds. Cronyism and lack of professionalism undermine both good governance and service delivery in our non-profit sector as well, which is handling more and more of our social services.

It will be interesting to see how the results of the current public policy choices play out in the decades to come. Within the next few years, my family will be watching from a distance, having relocated to a state where the majority of the legislators are able to demonstrate mastery of Public Policy 101 and Ethics 101. More and more of our professionally educated and civically engaged friends are coming to the same conclusion: it was a mistake to move here; there's nothing that individuals can do to correct the deficiencies in the education and social service systems in a state where the majority of the legislators don't understand the knowledge bases relevant to the formulation of law and policy, and the majority of the population shows its unwavering commitment to ignorance in every election cycle.

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Posted by The Wild West Has Lost Its Charm on 02/20/2015 at 1:09 PM

Re: “That Was Fast. Who's Behind the Douglas-Ducey Robopoll?

I see a lot of charges of lies in Ms. Miller's response, but no facts to contradict what was written.

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Posted by gcb1 on 02/20/2015 at 12:54 PM
Posted by gcb1 on 02/20/2015 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Douglas Battles Ducey & Board of Ed: Republicans Hate It When Republicans Fight Against Republicans Like Republicans

And where are the goals for better education and better schools in all this political infighting? I have just finished 3 days of volunteering in a school this week. Nothing done in Phoenix between these two has had any relevance to the real and serious issues teachers and site administrators have to deal with on an hourly, let alone daily, basis while trying to educate children coming from a socioeconomic background which does not and frequently can not prepare them to learn the topics of the Common Core or any other curriculum. Could we get back to doing the job for the children?

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Posted by gcb1 on 02/20/2015 at 12:50 PM

Re: “That Was Fast. Who's Behind the Douglas-Ducey Robopoll?

Shame on you Safier! These numbers are outdated and inflated just as they were when you attempted to slander Challenge Charter School and the Miller family in the past. Integrity is important in education and in journalism!! Challenge files as a public entity allowing you or anyone to view this tax information...Wouldn’t it make more sense to question some more corporate charter structures for which there are no numbers because they hire private companies "employed by" the charters in effect making their numbers private. I am NOT worried about a school that has kept all of their numbers public... I AM worried about a reporter who uses this type of venue to bully folks when his true agenda is left over hostility because his own political network of buddies got taken off the Board and replaced by Mr. Miller. Isn’t that what these bad feelings are really about? You weren’t interested in slandering the Democratic charter Board rep that had the seat prior? But that’s because the game is different when it is your friend? Me thinks the pot is calling the kettle black again. I would be happy to speak to anyone about the lies in this slander. Feel free to contact me to do so, Wendy Miller

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Posted by Wendy Miller on 02/20/2015 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Manna from Heaven Serves Up Authentic Indian Frybread in Barrio Hollywood

Sounds delish! I used to work right around the corner from there. I's probably a good thing that i don't anymore or else I'd eat there too often and gain 900 lbs. Will have to give it a try soon.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by rconnelly on 02/20/2015 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Danehy

Arizona's charter schools receive approximately $1,000 more per pupil from the State than do public schools. That's at least part of the reason that school districts started converting some of their schools to charters. And, accordingly, it's why the State Legislature banned the practice of conversion. Those people just HATE the thought of money flowing into public-school districts.

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Posted by tdanehy on 02/20/2015 at 10:55 AM

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