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Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

Public schools are about opportunity for all. Private schools are about privilege for a few. Public schools are about inclusion and diversity. Private schools are about exclusion and homogeneity. Public schools are about public governance. Private schools are about money-based governance. Public schools are about choices. Private schools are about limiting choices. I vote for public schools. Yes, some fall through the cracks, unfortunately, in public schools. In private schools, those who do not succeed are either booted out, or covered up by influence. Anyone remember the "gentlemen's 'C' grade? Excellence not required but provided by network. Public schools are where excellence is determined by individual and/or group effort.

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Posted by gcb1 on 11/30/2016 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Don Jorgensen Withdraws His Endorsement of Mark Stegeman

This is really getting out of hand! The lesson from all these charges and counter-charges is no one should ever endorse anyone! Early endorsements carry explosives and written statements will be parsed beyond belief.

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Posted by gcb1 on 11/04/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Is TUSD Stiffing Teachers? The Star Says So, Repeatedly.

David, here is a point made by many teachers who retired during that 4 year period, and there were a lot of them. If they were not paid the full amount possible of 301 funds for performance that THEY PERFORMED, then they were denied a substantial yearly sum which could have greatly impacted their retirement pensions after they retired. To save the funds they had earned to give to younger teachers in the future is just wrong. A simple point I make: I was able to buy back $2K of prior service before my retirement. By doing that, my pension (a fairly small one) increased $200 a month for the rest of my life. Now granted I am comparing apples and oranges as prior service is different from performance pay from 301, but the result is the same. It makes a huge difference to the retiree. A lot of hard feelings out there over this one.

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Posted by gcb1 on 10/03/2016 at 6:22 PM

Re: “House Race

In a few more years, Frogge may be ready to serve effectively in the Legislature. She has much energy and spirit, but in debate with Engle, Engle emerges as the more prepared if not more connected candidate. I believe Engle is ready now to move forward alongside Mach.

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/25/2016 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

Wonder who Ducey wants in the job?

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/17/2016 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 89. "No More Reading Tea Leaves" Edition

David, I see your point after re-reading those two posts. I really do hate to be in the position of saying I told you so about the outcome of 123, especially in TUSD. I did my best to publicize the multiple viewpoints about the likely outcomes of passage. I am not in the least surprised by Ducey's position today. Let's hope between the primary and the general election there will be a large sweep of the AZ Legislature.

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/17/2016 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Want To Be a Top High School? Better Not Have Too Many Low Income Students.

Why is it so much easier to equate "spending more on schools" with measurable (?) student progress (on what?) than with paying teachers a living wage commensurate with their education and experience as with other professions? Why is it so easy to dismiss all of the extra personnel required to educate many more diverse and neglected students over the last 30 years as "spending more on schools" without acknowledging the societal changes that have required those extra personnel?

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/16/2016 at 11:05 PM

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