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Re: “Community Forum Tonight at Alliance for Global Justice Will Focus on Sen. McCain's Border Security Bill SB 750

Hmmm, it's so lucky we don't have to worry about hurricanes now; it frees up our mental energy to worry about those wildfires instead. As the economic costs of intensifying weather systems mount, so will acknowledgement that anthropomorphic induced climate destabilization is real. It's just "inconvenient" to admit it and to have to do anything about it. History will sort it all out for us, if any of your descendants can live on the Eaarth they'll inherit (yeah, spelled wrong on purpose - Bill McKibbon's book tells why).

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Posted by Minty Mary on 08/25/2015 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Yum Yum Stretch at the portal


Due to a scheduling conflict, The Yum Yum Portal Class has been moved up to 9:30AM. My apologies for the change. Thank you and please contact me if you need any more info.

Thank you,
Jaime Chandler

Posted by yumyumstretch on 08/25/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Tucson Featured on Discovery Channel Show Online

Good for you Ed. Glad to see the recognition you are finally getting. What a great American!

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Posted by Rat T on 08/25/2015 at 10:10 AM

Re: “KFMA Has a New Morning Show

Radio continues to decline. Much like the local newspapers. There are just too many choices.

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Posted by David W on 08/25/2015 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Remember Kandis Capri and Stop The Killing

What, again: Sorry, I meant from a Christian point of view. I should have phrased it better.

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Posted by Delva Down on 08/25/2015 at 9:01 AM

Re: “KFMA Has a New Morning Show

He is semi-funny. She is flat out annoying

Posted by Dan Hawk on 08/25/2015 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Is Skepticism About High Stakes Testing Reaching a Tipping Point?

For years, critics of high-stakes testing were marginalized in this grand "reform" movement. Educators' expertise was unwanted and pushed aside, along with the wishes of parents. In addition to committed educators, I credit the parents' opt-out movement with forcing the issue to be examined and debated; something that should have been done from the beginning, but was not.

What I find discouraging is that the opt-out movement has real traction in other states, but not in Arizona. To be sure, the AZ Dept. of Ed., has done its share of damage. Even under Douglas, ADE has continued its policy of insisting that schools test children against the wishes of their parents. Not a pretty picture. Government and business leaders insist that Arizona law does not allow parents to opt-out. Baloney.

ARS sec. 15-113(A) says: "A parent who objects to any learning material or activity on the basis that the material or activity is harmful may request to withdraw that student from the activity or from the class or program in which the material is used and request an alternative assignment."

Parents who want change to this high-stakes testing regime need to do their part. Only by throwing a wrench in the machine has the debate started. Now it must continue.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 08/25/2015 at 6:22 AM

Re: “Remember Kandis Capri and Stop The Killing

To anonymous above: You have no idea if it was a Christian or not. Please stop sounding stupid. No one advocates or condones the murder of another.

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Posted by Delva Down on 08/25/2015 at 5:55 AM

Re: “An Update On High Stakes Test Cheating Stories

To the contrary. It is public education's to lose and they have done a magnificent job of losing it.

The times they are a'changing.

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Posted by Rat t on 08/25/2015 at 5:52 AM

Re: “My Response To The Post By The Head Of BASIS Tucson

I am a mother of 5 and I very much respect our public school teachers and administration. Having said that, most of my children do not attend public schools. We've attempted TUSD schools for 3 of 5 of our kids. Unfortunately the public schools are forced to be "one size fits all." Even in our small family of 5 children, one size does not fit all. Our children have very different skills and abilities and public school was unable to accommodate. One of our children was left behind and not given adequate support for her learning disability. She now attends a charter school that focuses on serving young people between the ages of 16 and 21 who have or are at risk of dropping out of traditional high's a great fit for her! We have one who is an average student and thrives in her public's a great fit for her. Then we have one who was an average student at public school but really enjoys learning, she wasn't a highly performing student (didn't test anywhere close to entry for the gifted program). As mentioned above,she fell into that category that was under-serviced by TUSD. She was slightly on the high side of average - not gifted, not needing extra help - so she got nothing. She started going to BASIS in 4th grade, the same year their K - 4 school's a great fit for her. Since you asked, I'd be happy to share her pre-BASIS AIMS scores along with those from "8 short months of instruction" at BASIS. I think you'll find your "Huge Leap" theory deserves further consideration. I also think it would be worth following BASIS Tucson's current 2nd grade class, the first class of students who will have been with BASIS since Kindergarten. I'd like to see how they stack up next to their peers across the state on the AIMS in future years.

In my opinion, the whole point of a charter school is to give parents/students a choice. I for one appreciate that BASIS is unwilling to lower their standards to appease anyone. Some parents/students make a choice to leave. All of these schools have their niche, no one is complaining about the "select student body" at Compass, Eastpoint, or Pima Vocational High Schools for the fact that their students self-select being there. If these schools increased their curriculum to be more inclusive, some of their current students would choose to leave. Would you complain about them?

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Posted by TeachOurKids on 08/25/2015 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Ask the Mexican

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Posted by jenny 1 on 08/24/2015 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Is Skepticism About High Stakes Testing Reaching a Tipping Point?

MCLB was authored by Ted Kennedy. Why didn't education oppose him when it was created?

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Posted by Rat t on 08/24/2015 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Is Skepticism About High Stakes Testing Reaching a Tipping Point?

Nope, not "no standards," just better standards, more meaningful standards -- not the crap standards invented and re-invented by for-profit test companies run by non-educators, which is what we've had since the onset of NCLB. Read Georgia Cole Brousseau's excellent comment on this article:

or Betty Cooper Sanchez here:

When you want to understand the actual results of our inappropriate federal policies for students and teachers in our schools, it's best to listen to PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS, not politicians or corporate hacks.

A recommended read: Richard Rothstein's Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right.

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Posted by Better Standards on 08/24/2015 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Karuna’s Thai Plate: Thai’d Down

I have eaten at Karuna's for at least fifteen years and love it dearly. I generally do the lunch buffet where the selection is limited (veggie and meat sides) but the food is excellent. And, quality and range of selection at dinners is much better than lunch buffet and prices are always reasonable, especially on the duck! The dining room is dingy and cramped, but it is great Thai food at a great price. Worth the inconvenience.

Posted by Bruce on 08/24/2015 at 7:59 PM

Re: “An Update On High Stakes Test Cheating Stories

Soros hasn't contributed anything to speak of since Baby Bush was running for his 2nd term and then it was 48 million. Don't kid yourself Old Pueblo ......there is big money behind people saying what Rat T says.... same ole' same ole'..... trash public education... but I know you know that.... I think it would be a real novel idea for any of the trolls here to say anything other than what is Koch playbook. You all sound the same on any education blog... no substance just trash anything that helps middle America or attempts to stop the propaganda machines. Just wait ... when Campbell Brown comes out with her own show on the evils of public education which is paid for none other than the Koch brothers, it'll be national same 'ole trash.

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Posted by Guardians on 08/24/2015 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Remember Kandis Capri and Stop The Killing

You can thank all of those "god fearing, good christians," and their superior attitude towards anyone who doesn't believe as they do. They are supposed to be full of forgiveness and tolerence. I sincerely hope they catch the scum who did this, and I hope it isn't some sort of gang ritual. To take any life is wrong.

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Posted by Jim Kelly on 08/24/2015 at 7:15 PM

Re: “A Drunken Talk Show and Unfortunate Booze

Why make an ass out of yourself on a YouTube talk show when you can do it by obsessively posting shitty, angry comments in an alt-weekly's comments section where literally no one wants to hear from you? "I wonder what that insightful Jim Kelly thinks about __________" said NO ONE EVER. Except maybe people talking about the Buffalo Bills QB.

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Posted by C Note on 08/24/2015 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Is Skepticism About High Stakes Testing Reaching a Tipping Point?

Yeah, and driver's tests, medical school tests, pilot tests...

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Posted by nostandards on 08/24/2015 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Riches and Division

Hello. Thank you for writing this book! I just received it from Amazon (we live in Chicagoland), and I'm looking forward to reading it. I noticed the Yaqui Village Baptist Mission photo on page 100, also shown above in this article. I didn't see her name in the caption, but the lady on the left is Mrs Dolores Urias Wright (1886-1968), superintendent of the community center. Her husband was the Fred Wright of Wrightstown Road and one-time school, out east where they had a ranch early on. Mr Wright died fairly young in 1923; but Dolores carried on until 1968, dedicated to the First Baptist Church and community work. Her name appears several times in Tucson newspapers. She is shown, for example, as the Yaqui Mission superintendent on page 13 of the 6 Sep 1941 Daily Citizen. There is a newspaper obituary on page 29 of the 16 Jan 1968 Citizen with her photo; and a family obituary on the next page. Dolores Urias was a native Tucsonan of pioneer families, daughter of Antonio Urias (said to be Tucson's first jeweler) and Macaria Gallego. The Arizona Daily Star did a Street Smarts feature on Wrightstown Road with several photos at

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Posted by Jeri Ferguson Jahnke on 08/24/2015 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Danehy

Danehy is right about the merge lanes. I avoid roads with merge lanes because I hate getting angry at people who race by in the right lane even when there is no room between cars in front of them in the left lane. More cars don't get through if there is bumper to bumper traffic in the left lane. If driver's in the right lane want to take a chance that there will be room for them in the left, then they need to be ready to stop when there is not and wait for the right of way to open up. Right lane traffic is suppose to wait until it can merge safely. Most of the selfish morons who try to pass people waiting their turn behind slow traffic in the left lane think it is their right to merge. Morally and spiritually, they are dead wrong. They are just being rude.

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Posted by james25ua on 08/24/2015 at 5:08 PM

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