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

You forgot this part, Frances:

"In Southern Arizona, where:
--a school district serving tens of thousands of students is chronically malfeasant and / or insufficiently transparent in matters relating to how it applies funds
--more than 40 years into an ongoing desegregation order the schools have still not achieved UNITARY STATUS (uniformly good services offered to all populations throughout the district)
--the Department of Education is chronically negligent in enforcing the proper use of bidding and hiring practices and financial reporting that should be utilized in any public institution
--qualified teachers are fleeing this district in droves and too many classrooms are staffed with underqualified long-term subs who cannot meet students' instructional needs you support taxpayer money being used to provide children with sound academic instruction in alternative settings, including the network of schools run by the Roman Catholic Church.

That's the REAL context here. You can't suppress the knowledge of the first part and frame the question to get the answer you want.

FYI, I'm no fan of the way state level policy has been constructed in Arizona. I agree with the ADE official who was recently quoted in these streams thus: "Among the key lessons taken from Arizona's experience with many various forms of school choice is that in nearly every instance, the haste to enact a program was not accompanied by a prudent investment in the necessary infrastructure to oversee it." All schools receiving public funds need to be properly overseen and required to be financially transparent, and the current framing of voucher and charter legislation does not accomplish this.

But the "best of all possible worlds" is distinctly not what we're living in here, and the real "bottom line" -- contra what you wrote above -- is that STUDENTS NEED A SOUND EDUCATION, AND THEIR FUTURES WILL BE MARRED IF THEY DON'T RECEIVE ONE. It appears that with the current political lay-of-the-land in Arizona, we can't have sane education policy. We can only have damage control. And to remove vouchers now -- imperfect as their current framing may be -- would be like kicking the crutch out from under a crippled patient who can barely walk with the crutch. Our students need the successful delivery of academic content. When the largest public school district, serving almost 50,000 students in this region -- 1 of every 3 students in public schools in Pima County -- is having such grave problems with achieving the successful delivery of academic content, we're simply not in a position where we can afford to eliminate public subsidies for academically sound alternatives. And that is the case even when it's a Church you and others appear to hate that provides those alternatives.

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Posted by Wrong again, "Frances Perkins." on 02/12/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

You think what I wrote this week annoys you? Be sure to tune in next week.

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Posted by CW13 on 02/12/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Dust Devil

Hey Poetry Maven, Super Bowl is an insightful piece, not great but makes you think. Your response, Don't give up your day job?" Really. Is that's the best you got? Not many words on the reasons why you didn't like this persons poem. Can't find the words? There's some good stuff in there. Come on now. No wonder people don't want to submit things and get dismissed like you did. I've heard about you before and this is the way you are not being very professional at all. Maybe you'll like this one:
" Poetry Maven sits in her Haven and eats her curses and blames those with something to say. When along comes a spider and sits down beside her and says," what an awful critique you made today." You can do better, for all of us, please try again.

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Posted by R. Frost on 02/12/2017 at 10:33 AM

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

The bottom line is taxpayer money to private religious schools are prohibited by the State constitution. The legislature is essentially laundering money to get around the prohibition. If all you advocates of money laundering had the courage, put it crystal clear in the ballot,"Should public taxpayer money be used to support private religious schools," and it's corollary "Will you pay a dedicated tax to do this?" Somehow I believe you want to avoid the likely answers.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 02/12/2017 at 10:03 AM

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

The last time I read to a TUSD Kindergarten class the teacher told me the reason the children were so poorly behaved was because they were children of alcoholic parents. Took my child and left. I graduated TUSD but am ashamed of the level to which they have sunk.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/12/2017 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Mysteries in the Mountains

I can tell you this, I believe. My name is Linda,I live in Yuma, Arizona. I can't tell you anything about the other stories other than I enjoyed them very much, but I can tell you that I have a video of something (lights) that is proof that there is something out there in our universe with intelligence,and is not human. It travels way to fast whatever it is. It is not flares,drones,stars or any kind of military aircraft. I would love to post my video of this here for you all to see, and on YouTube, but I have yet to find anyone who can tell me anything about what it is or who to get in touch with that can tell me anything. If anyone can help me please email me at I have let several friends view this video,and like me,they are totally amazed by the contents,and I never believed before I seen these lights that anything like that was possible. I can assure you that now I'm a believer!!

Posted by Linda on 02/12/2017 at 4:22 AM

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

Wrong again, Frances Perkins.

I student taught in TUSD and taught in a Catholic school. As a parent, I have volunteered in (and raised money for) both private schools and TUSD schools.

At this point I have probably donated more free labor to benefit TUSD than most. This is what people who know the district's schools, Board and current administration understand: there is nothing wrong with the students in the district. The problems are with the Board and administration and the political machine surrounding them, which do not serve students' best interests.

As for your perspective on how a Catholic education should be funded: a lot has changed since your parents put you through Catholic school. The current estimated cost of attending Arizona public universities for in-state residents is $25K per year. The current cost of private colleges and universities is more than $60K per year, 300% more than it was 30 years ago. That means the cost is $100K per child for a public university degree, $250K per child for a private university degree. Catholic families are not as large as they used to be, but how many families can afford to pay private tuition for K-12 in a context where this much must be saved for college? Catholic schools risk extinction unless they can find ways to make themselves affordable in a context in which real wages and job security for the middle class have stagnated or declined and the cost of higher education has skyrocketed.

Public policy on education needs to be formulated based on real data and the real needs of students and teachers, not utopian fantasy, not hysterical anti-privatization rhetoric, not the desire to line the pockets of the local political machine, and not anti-Catholic bias. There are other Western nations that cover the full cost of education in both "public" and "Catholic" schools -- it is the parents' choice where those tax dollars are applied. In these countries, both systems are properly overseen to guarantee quality academics and both systems are fully financially transparent, as all institutions using public funds should be.

Why don't we have a system like this here? There is no valid reason. This is the invalid reason that forms the sub-text of policy and funding debates surrounding Catholic schools: the persistence in America of various types of anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant bias (Irish, Polish, Italian, Mexican and others -- they've all been made to suffer at various points from the WASP establishment's disdain for their traditions, their beliefs, and the educational institutions that have been understood to perpetuate them).

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Posted by Wrong again, "Frances Perkins." on 02/11/2017 at 9:09 PM

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

Yep - Frances hates Catholics. Sorry you had a failing experience.

As a '74 graduate of TUSD I can attest to the degradation. From a strong, proud district to nothing more than a liberal indoctrination center enriching the likes of H.T. Sanchez under direction of the Grijalva's by exploiting illegals to fill the seats. Make no mistake, the Grijalva's have transformed TUSD into their personal radical chicano indoctrination center. I knew my priority as a parent was to insure my children did NOT attend TUSD, to use my CHOICE for their education.

And thousands and thousands of others made the same decision.

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Posted by What, Again on 02/11/2017 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Kung Fu Noodle's Not a Knock Out

Hmmmm... so I'm not sure if this is a good review or a bad review. Either way, we didn't have the same experience. We were a party of 4 and 2 of us are the adventurous types and the other couple was not. My husband ordered a Firy Wok intestines and I had the Pickled Cabbage Fish Soup and they were both phenomenal. The other couple had orange chicken and Udon noodle dish and they were both very happy as well. Our service was good and when the server had trouble with English, she called over someone else who happily translated. The inside of the place is not fancy, but I don't need fancy when the food is really good. I'd give this place 2 thumbs up.

Posted by Joanna on 02/11/2017 at 7:08 PM

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

Wrong again, flunked, rat and again. I went to a Catholic school for 12 years, and my parents paid for both systems, without taxpayer handouts for tuition, and sacrificed for the choice, and did it gladly. They didn't have millions from DeVos to lobby for handing over taxpayer money to the schools. I spent time volunteering at an central city Tucson school with kids from all over the world. They are great kids, lovely kids, with parents dedicated to education PAID BY TAXPAYERS AS THEY SHOULD. when was the last time you geniuses volunteered in a PUBLIC school and read to kindergarteners?

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 02/11/2017 at 7:00 PM

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

I personally witnessed the rot and decay of TUSD in the 80s. And I couldn't imagine it could get any worse. How wrong I was.

Give the parents a chance to help their own children. Anything less is brutally selfish. Why?

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Posted by Rat T on 02/11/2017 at 1:46 PM

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

Frances Perkins - why do you hate Catholics?

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Posted by What, Again on 02/11/2017 at 12:56 PM

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

False, false, and false, "Frances Perkins."

0% correct, you flunk.

Those who comment in these streams providing information about what is actually going on locally -- as opposed you and others who live in an "ANTI-PRIVATIZATION!!!" fantasy land and provide nothing but falsehoods and ideologically-driven prejudice against a religious group and its institutions -- don't "hate TUSD." We hate lies, the misapplication of funds, filthy quid-pro-quo politicos and the bidders who donate to their campaigns, and we hate the FACT that children are being poorly served by institutions that receive hundreds of millions of tax dollars every year that are supposed to benefit STUDENTS and TEACHERS.

How many TUSD Board meetings and Site Council meetings have you attended in the last 3 years? I'm guessing zero, because your commentary reveals NO knowledge of real events, real policy and funding allocation decisions -- just ideological bullshit in post after sad post. I believe you did reveal at one point that you had attended Salpointe. What's the matter, did you have a bad experience there, and did it fuel a life-long hatred of the Church and a desire to undermine and handicap the high functioning schools it runs locally, which have at this point provided excellent educations to hundreds of thousands of people, Catholic and non-Catholic, who unlike you remain grateful for what they have received?

(By the way, you forgot to answer the question asked above: what would you say to parents in the sadly mismanaged, recently de-magnetized TUSD schools: "Conditions here are as good as you deserve, you definitely shouldn't use vouchers to transfer your kids to a Catholic school -- they might learn reading and math, but they could also pick up the wrong ideas about WOMEN'S REPRODUCTION"?)

Bulletin from the real world, Frances Perkins. Individuals decide for themselves whether they will follow or reject the values they are taught in school. But if they move from one grade to the next without the knowledge in each content area they need to succeed at the next level, they will be permanently handicapped in their educational prospects. And whether or not their parents' choices conformed to the prejudices of the ANTI-PRIVATIZERS!!! will not do them a damn bit of good in making up for academic deficits.

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Posted by "Frances" flunked the test. on 02/11/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Mari. You still haven't explained your Trump is a racist comment. Well?

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Posted by CW13 on 02/11/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Snort snort snort...Paranoia.

Snort snort snort...Paranoia!

The troll here adds
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To the comments.
I read and I
can not believe
All the bullshit.

Paranoia will destroy ya!

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Posted by Cocaine will make Swiss cheese out of your brain! on 02/11/2017 at 10:35 AM

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

Fetish. I hate TUSD. I Hate TUSD. To some here this hatred justifies every illegal, irrational, unconstitutional act by the bought and paid for Arizona legislature. This biggest lie they use to justify these illegal acts, is that they are helping low income students. They care not one iota about poor kids. I demand you help me pay my Salpointe or Brophy tuition with public money, is the real message.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 02/11/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Thanks for the tip. I talked to Watson and this is what he said:

Congrats, Sherlock. You found someone systematically distorting two comment streams to align the likes and dislikes, which had previously had a different distribution, with PCDP orthodoxy. You provoked the troll into revealing that yes, it was the same troll visiting both streams every day to check on where things stood and alter them if need be. In that both streams relate to PCDP positions on school funding and governance, it seems likely that the troll is a PCDP maven and / or a supporter of the TUSD Board majority which Rachael Sedgwick recently had the gall to criticize and, through her election, to break up.

Case closed.

(Good luck, Rachael. You've got a very tough job ahead of you and some of those affiliated with your opponents seem to play dirty.)

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Posted by Watson said: "Case closed." :o) on 02/11/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Yes, the entire legal system. Respect starts at the top, not at our level. Trump has been shouting down judges and ridiculing decisions for years. Defend Trump all you want, but he has no keen legal mind, just self-interest. And, due to his appointment authority, he can now test the integrity of the system and cause trouble from initial action upwards as appeals rise to the top (which he also will be able to appoint). There has as yet been no indication that Trump will not continue to harass judges and call for rulings in his favor before the judges can carefully and correctly decide the merits. We can hope they all stay independent, but the system is already suspect due to you-know-who.
Don't usually send links, but this new one from AP is called "Trump's tweets could make life tough for federal lawyers ".…

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Posted by Sun Riser on 02/11/2017 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Split

Are you serious? Are you actually implying that "Signs" was a good movie? I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Whether "Split" is any good or not remains to be seen, but after an opening line like yours, I can't consider myself enlightened by your writeup.

Posted by Richard Cranium on 02/11/2017 at 4:38 AM

Re: “FBI Agents and Others Asking: 'Who is Carmen Chenal?'


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