"Any student with parental support can get a great education in any public school."
Wow. You really believe that? In ANY public school?
You are misinformed.
Any student with parental support can get a great education in the Normandy district in Missouri? In Newark? Then why are so many concerned, deeply invested parents moving their children out of these districts, and out of the school sites on the west side of TUSD, where the classrooms are staffed with a rotating cast of outsourced subs, not permanent teachers?
I'm tired of hearing that TUSD is an anomaly. It is NOT an anomaly. What happens in TUSD is typical of what happens in any number of poor urban districts. The Democratic party wants to look the other way because some of their machine politicians are still benefiting from awarding contracts in some of these settings. It's an ugly, sad fact about certain groups within a party that is supposed to be a champion of the poor and working class, but in some settings ends up exploiting and underserving the very populations they purport to want to help.
Public district supporters in Arizona love to talk about the inequity of the charter system. What about the inequity of TUSD vs. Catalina Foothills or Tanque Verde? Or the inequity of UHS vs. some of TUSD's other high schools? Wake up and smell the coffee. This is what happens in the real world: THE PUBLIC DISTRICT SYSTEM DOES NOT CREATE EQUITY any better than the charter system does. And IT IS NOT TRUE THAT THE ONLY PROBLEMS WITH DISPARATE ACHIEVEMENT HAVE TO DO WITH THE SES OF THE PARENTS. A good part of the reason that test scores are higher in Districts 16 and 13 than in District 1 is that those schools have constituencies that are entitled enough to be vigilant and hold the people running these districts to a high standard. Administrators in those districts would be fired, governing board member would be recalled if they tried to pull any of the BS you see constantly in TUSD. So who defends the rights of poor families in districts like TUSD that can't hold administrators' feet to the fire, when necessary? The Democratic party? What a laugh. Look at all the Democratic party grandees lining up behind Foster and Juarez, who were just caught accepting $5K campaign contributions from an executive at the company that manages the substitute teachers whose labor they voted to outsource.
But keep running down charter schools and inhabiting a fantasy land in which "any student with parental support can get a great (!) education in ANY public school. ANYone who is not drinking the Koolaid you imbibe knows it's not true.
Hey, I think John McCain may be on to something there with that automation comment.
How about replacing all the federal representatives with robots that are programed to actually vote in accordance with the wishes of the people they represent. The robots will not “require” two residences, one in their home state and one in Washington D.C.; they won’t get a full pension and medical benefits for the rest of their life for serving less time than it takes for a U.S. armed forces member to retire with full benefits; and they can’t be bought by special interests and dark money.
Of course, we’ll have to work out that “shall we play a game” issue and program them to leave Sarah Conner alone, but it’s a start.
People should never judge other school districts against TUSD. TUSD is an anomoly, and quite a negative example to be sure. After all the blah, blah, blah, where are all these fabulous charters that have erased the achievement gap, supposedly the reason for their existence? Any student with parental support can get a great education in any public school.
And the 3rd Annual POP! Event at the YWCA. Not to be missed!
But is she thinking that $40 per week increase would pull them out of poverty? My bet is that she has not thought this through. I taught my kids to take the $8 job and work your way up. It's better than no job. Minimum wage used to be for starters.
I signed up to volunteer for this several years ago. Never got a call back. Apparently, they're not THAT interested in volunteers.
NAACP Leader Speaking Against Cops In Charlotte Financed By George Soros
Find out what George Soros is trying to do to America.
I'd be happy to show you the door.
You are half right. Pima County is very full of ****.
Is David related to trumpet player Kermit? What a talent.
“With the possible exception of breakfast, a meal without wine is just not civilized! ” —Julia Child
No, you're where the hose goes when Pima County needs an enema.
Charters exist and flourish because of public schools like TUSD. Try a little self exam. Trump will quadruple charter school numbers nationwide. get used to it.
Rag on Marana all you want, at least we're not a gutless sanctuary city for criminals like Tucson is.
Drop the junk classes in public schools and promote science and technology to solve our problems. We will make our own water soon.
An atmospheric water generator (AWG) is a device that extracts water from humid ambient air. Water vapor in the air is condensed by cooling the air below its dew point, exposing the air to desiccants, or pressurizing the air. Unlike a dehumidifier, an AWG is designed to render the water potable.
Let's move forwards, not backwards.
Thank You Tucson Weekly!
I see that What, Again is WRONG AGAIN.
I also see that you gave yourself an upvote.
What, A Troll!
Most carpetbaggers who come out from the northeast to save us from ourselves show up with a lot of baggage. This guy is no exception. He has been a local joke long enough. Let him shine statewide so others can get a glimpse of what Marana is like.
How about if we just get rid of for-profit charters and ensure that charters are subject to the same financial transparency laws public districts are subject to? Then the discussion about what standards should be and how oversight takes place might actually turn into a meaningful dialogue, rather than ideologically driven, inaccurate propaganda backing the right of political machines and teachers' unions to keep their "market share" on the one side and the right of venture capitalists to chisel out a larger "market share" on the other side.
TUSD and districts like it are not functioning, for the majority of people using them, like educational institutions. They benefit networks of cronies, not students. If you don't understand this, you haven't been on the sites in these districts or watching their board meetings and the media coverage of their board meetings.
If "choice" has been created, in part, to benefit venture capitalists, it has also been created, in part, to solve the problem of poor students being locked into districts like this where public funds will benefit the for-profit company managing the outsourced substitute teachers who teach in its classrooms instead of professionally qualified teachers, or the for-profit consulting company in which someone who gave the Superintendent a job recommendation is one of the principals, or the President of the Board's mother in law, or a Superintendent taking home close to $500K in total compensation this year in a district where teachers are paid -- literally -- poverty level wages. The current leadership of TUSD, including Safier's friends the Democratic Party insiders who currently control the governing board, run a public institution in a flagrantly malfeasant way and get away with it because their cronies in the Democratic Party and in the media do white wash jobs for them that manage to deceive enough constituents:
People like Safier who try to give the impression that the entire charter sector is for-profit (which it is not) but remain silent about the fact that in quid-pro-quo infested districts like TUSD there's a whole lot of public money going, through improper bidding and hiring processes, to places (including for-profit companies) where it doesn't belong are dishonest partisan hacks.
"The public is only dimly aware of the reform movement’s privatization agenda. The deceptive rhetoric of the privatization movement masks its underlying goal to replace public education with a system in which public funds are withdrawn from public oversight to subsidize privately managed charter schools, voucher schools, online academies, for- profit schools, and other private vendors."-Bill Moyers
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