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'Looking at the covers of this year's issues, I think we've done some great work," but don't hurt yourself patting yourself on the back. You have a long way to go.
I am glad to hear you had trouble deciding whether or not to run the story. My opinion of you went up ten fold.
It was 15 years ago. I am willing to give him a second chance. I am sure if he had done anything wrong during that period of time we would be hearing about it.
If you collected everything in the TMA and put it in a pile it wouldn't equal the Rothko in the UAMA (and there are probably a half a dozen works there that you could substitute for the Rothko).
Marty, let me help you with some numbers. New Trier Township HSD 203 which is located in the Chicago suburbs and has the best high schools in Illinois and some of the best in the nation spends $20,807 per student, and the average teacher compensation is $107,493 (2011 school year). The average teacher has 14.5 years of experience. Or look at what a private not for profit school again in Chicago, unburdened by collective bargaining agreements, politics, etc charges for tuition, $15,000 out of total expenditure of $20,000. In education as in most things in life, you get what you pay for. AZ has made the determination that it is not going to spend money on elementary and secondary education, that other things, like low taxes are more important. The unavoidable consequence is that we do not have the work force that will attract business, industry and jobs. When the decision makers are driven more by protecting values other than education that is the unavoidable result.
Marty, if you think $8,500 is a lot of money, I suggest you look at high performing districts around the country. $8,500 is not a lot of money outside of Arizona and Mississippi. You need to look beyond "any other local district."
Best of luck to Mr. Zavala. This article reminded me of one in the NYT a few years back whose theme was there is everything in Tucson, you just can't find it. The Hidden City they called it. For me I don't think of Tucson as an underrated city. I don't think of it as a city at all. I think of it as great, fabulous, world class desert.
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