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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

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

Why would anyone who voted no on 123 be surprised? I hate to be in the position of saying "I told you so," David, but anyone who has lived in AZ for more than 30 years, and I am at more than 50 years here, knows that the current majority refuses to fund education properly in our state. I knew the governor and the legislative majority could not be trusted, let alone the school boards, and I will vote accordingly in November. Didn't 301 teach you a proper lesson?

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/16/2016 at 9:14 PM

Re: “TUSD Enrollment, 2000 to 2016

Also research in what years Catalina Foothills, Tanque Verde and Vail districts started high schools. There was a significant effect from this. Add in St. Gregory and the two new Catholic high schools in Tucson.

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Posted by gcb1 on 07/27/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Another Look at TUSD Salary Hikes and Prop 123

David, when it takes this many words and such convoluted argument to try to explain what happened, it becomes even more clear that people (voters) were deliberately misled by the board and to what would be done. If Kristel and Adelita and Cam knew that the 123 money would be spent with 2/3 going to other categories and still told the public that the 123 money would all be spent on teacher salaries, then they lied to the public and pulled a "bait and switch." If they didn't know this at the time of the articles, interviews, etc. then they are not in charge of the finances of the district, and that is their job. If they blindly agreed to the Pied Piper's plan and didn't speak up about it when it was presented for a vote, they have failed in their duty as board members again. I and many other people are angry, and used-car salesman techniques and savings/loan banker techniques to explain the financial situation is not working.

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Posted by gcb1 on 07/19/2016 at 12:12 PM

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