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Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

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.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/23/2016 at 4:40 PM

Re: “The Weekly List: 28 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

And the 3rd Annual POP! Event at the YWCA. Not to be missed!

Posted by Tana Fryer on 09/23/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “McCain and Kirkpatrick Split on AZ Min Wage Prop

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.

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Posted by Concerned Mom on 09/23/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Give Back To Your Community: Tucson Meet Yourself Needs Volunteers

I signed up to volunteer for this several years ago. Never got a call back. Apparently, they're not THAT interested in volunteers.

Posted by Sally Chandler on 09/23/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

This NAACP?

NAACP Leader Speaking Against Cops In Charlotte Financed By George Soros

Find out what George Soros is trying to do to America.

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Posted by Some people's twisted perception becomes their reality on 09/23/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

I'd be happy to show you the door.

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Posted by Peabo on 09/23/2016 at 11:12 AM

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

You are half right. Pima County is very full of ****.

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Posted by Dale Jensen on 09/23/2016 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: 'The Rovin' Kind' (with Tucson reference) by David Ruffin

Is David related to trumpet player Kermit? What a talent.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/23/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Quick Bites: Brunch-Hounds Rejoice!

“With the possible exception of breakfast, a meal without wine is just not civilized! ” —Julia Child

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Posted by Mitch Marcus on 09/23/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

No, you're where the hose goes when Pima County needs an enema.

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Posted by Peabo on 09/23/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

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.

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Posted by There is a better way on 09/23/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

Rag on Marana all you want, at least we're not a gutless sanctuary city for criminals like Tucson is.

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Posted by Dale Jensen on 09/23/2016 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_water_generator

Let's move forwards, not backwards.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/23/2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

Thank You Tucson Weekly!

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Posted by Reportee on 09/23/2016 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

I see that What, Again is WRONG AGAIN.

I also see that you gave yourself an upvote.

What, A Troll!

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 09/23/2016 at 7:39 AM

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

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.

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Posted by Cascabel on 09/23/2016 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

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.
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/tusd-school-board-campaign-contributions-raise-red-flags/article_a89773ad-ff91-569f-84bd-b9543e92f343.html
http://tucson.com/news/opinion/tusd-superintendent-s-failure-to-disclose-link-erodes-confidence/article_35d75549-718c-5bea-a54e-6fee9181367b.html
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/new-details-emerge-in-grijalva-kin-hiring/article_674695dc-d25c-5912-936a-c6bd531d1bbb.html
http://tucson.com/news/opinion/tucson-unified-superintendent-s-percent-raise/article_2f0dd6fc-85ff-5ead-93e1-1b6f5e69b64d.html

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:
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/03/30/sen-steve-farley-this-is-not-your-fathers-tusd

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.

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Posted by Try for ACCURACY, for once. on 09/23/2016 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

"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
http://billmoyers.com/2014/03/28/public-ed…

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/23/2016 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

Best education possible for our young people. Seems like a pretty simple goal that usually gets lost in the self serving education discussions. Economics 101 tells us that monopolies are not the best organization to deliver goods or services. They tend to serve the service provider and not the service recipient. Public schools are structured monopolies. If you don't want to use them you still have to pay for them, as well as the school system you select. Charter schools help keep the monopolies honest and offer an alternative to families who can't afford two tuitions. Assume the NAACP is carrying water for the school monopoly service providers/unions. Good to see someone going to bat for the Charter schools.

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Posted by bsinn on 09/23/2016 at 5:05 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

Much of the water that AZ agriculture uses is wasted on low-value crops like alfalfa, which is mainly used for cattle feed. Americans are going to have to eat a lot less beef in the near future if we are going to successfully conserve water to the extent necessary.

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Posted by Starcommand on 09/23/2016 at 12:57 AM

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