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Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

Wait a minute.

Charter Schools Show Improvements in Test Scores While Public Schools Post Declines...

http://dcist.com/2013/03/charter_schools_show_bigger_improve.php

If they can do this in DC they can do it anywhere. DC schools are segregated by their very nature.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/12/2014 at 12:10 PM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

Giving a higher %age to classified workers, such as teacher aides, still does not reflect a large amount because their base salary is so low. Also to be considered is their working hours are shorter than salaried employees. For an example, an $11 and change/hour teacher aide would receive before taxes about $8 a week more under this new 2.5% raise. For a site administrator making about $70K for 12 months, a 1% raise would give them about $58/month over 12 months. Quite a difference.

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Posted by gcb1 on 12/12/2014 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

Are you saying they are performing on par with the public schools?

I think you missed your own point. Publics answer to the government and the political hacks. Problem exposed.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/12/2014 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

Spending billions on charters. Extensive data over 20 years, no student achievement improvement measured. So charters, who answer to no one but themselves, are now about much more than improving student achievement, mainly ideology, cronyism, and segregation. Keep those English language learners and special ed students out!

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 12/12/2014 at 11:28 AM

Re: “PDQ Records is Open Again Under Original Ownership

I'm going to have a wonderful Christmas! Great News! I could spend the entire there!

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Posted by nicksilver58 on 12/12/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Unfortunately, that story was not ODD in the weakly. LOL

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Posted by Harlan Thomas on 12/12/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Danehy

Okay, I am un banned. My question to Mr. D is : Concerning your question to Vince, "why would I change my mind". Your mind could be changed if you were open to an idea, a new concept, etc. Hanging on to the same old dogma, DNC talking points, , etc. without looking at the whole picture and unintended consequences is not good for you and your readers. Do you want to be a reporter or a spin doctor? Your article was funny till you started on Vince. Then you fell off the left side of the page.

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Posted by Harlan Thomas on 12/12/2014 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Danehy

I was banned by the weakly a while back. Maybe that is why you don't have readers. This is a test to see if I am still banned. If not I will be willing to read and comment on Ralphs or whatever writing.

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Posted by Harlan Thomas on 12/12/2014 at 10:12 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Jim, I think your penance for that needless factual error is a viewing of this video about the curb appeal of your local Odd Fellows Hall:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa3Eb2itGiA#t=39

You're welcome.

Posted by MookBrother on 12/12/2014 at 9:45 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

Wouldn't it have made a much better showing if the lower paid teachers received a higher percentage increase, than the higher paid and higher raised administrators?

They "found" $4.4M on an ongoing basis?

Where have the funds come from?

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Posted by Rat T on 12/12/2014 at 9:39 AM

Re: “PDQ Records is Open Again Under Original Ownership

Good for them. Welcome back!

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Posted by Rat T on 12/12/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Danehy

There has got to be more readers than the three of us. There are so few comments to read I may have to start reading the articles.

Come on Tucson.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/12/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “A conversation With Diane Ravitch At UA Sunday, December 14

Looks like nobody is interested in fixing the problems.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/12/2014 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

This needs to be renamed "Weekly Whine."

TUSD stole money and wasted it.

End of story. Quit blaming charters. It sounds so petty.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/12/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

Lease a boarded-up gas station, buy a few desks, hire your cronies and start writing lucrative "vendor" contracts with no oversight and start cashing those blank checks. Charter schools in Arizona have long been an inside joke and marketing scam to dupe frustrated parents and clueless lawmakers. Yes, we have BASIS. Oh wait, they have an entrance exam and don't take special needs students. Meanwhile, excellent public schools can't pay for even the most basic repairs. My UHS classroom had no heating or air conditioning for three months. Deny funding for the charter ripoff.

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Posted by sabasabas on 12/12/2014 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Desperately Seeking Soups on Fourth Avenue

Oh Heather, because you're new to town I'll let it slide this time, but no list of soups on Fourth Ave. is complete without Bison Witches. Their bread bowl and a half sandwich combo with a beer is a must-have!

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Posted by Mike Alegria on 12/12/2014 at 2:45 AM

Re: “Is the Guggenheim Coming to Sixth Street and Stone? We're Guessing No

Maybe if by "Guggenheim" they mean "Walgreens"

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Posted by cwither1 on 12/11/2014 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Danehy

Wow. Have you went "psychic friends" on me Tom? What makes you think that the same dude who sparred with you on the radio is now commenting on your columns?
It was a much fairer venue on "talk radio." I haven't forgotten Mark Twain (or whoever) admonishing
one to "never pick a fight with folks who buy ink by the barrel". I feel very constricted writing in this little box. I will try to hold my own however.
We actually agreed on quite a bit during your years chatting with Emil.
We both loved Popeye's chicken. We both found Mohammed Ali quite fascinating.
We also agreed that Sean Hannity was a bit of a dullard. I think that hippies and race hustling poverty pimps bored the hell out of both of us if I remember correctly.
Have a wonderful Christmas and I will pick a public school fight with you after the Holidays. Oh yeah, we both love that Jesus guy. There goes your cred with this Weekly bunch.
Oh, to answer your question. I thought that the world going to "hell in a hand basket" might have changed your mind a bit. Guess not............later V

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 12/11/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

I have supported protests in this country because things do change. But when there are protests for immigration that include illegals here in America it really boils my blood. Law enforcement should raid these protests and arrest and deport those who are illegal.
First of all these illegals are felons by breaking federal law by being here. If they have no respect for our laws in the first place, they disrespect the people that are doing the right thing but trying to enter our country going through the right channels. If you disrespect our laws we DON'T WANT YOU HERE!!
You are going to make this great country of ours onto a 3rd World Country.

An American the right way

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Posted by terryp10 on 12/11/2014 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Good luck! As a start maybe you fix the links to the comics on this site. They haven't worked in months.

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Posted by retrorv on 12/11/2014 at 3:42 PM

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