Mark Stegeman 
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Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

Aaron Johnson: Yes, precisely. If the U.S. had an appropriate level of commitment to education, and generally higher educational standards, then the need for foreign skilled workers would be reduced.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 07/20/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

Scott Wilson: The h-1b guest worker program brings a great number of technically skilled workers to the U.S. Without those workers augmenting the pool of highly skilled U.S. workers, many U.S. firms would have had a hard time preserving the U.S. position of technological leadership in IT and other areas. If increasing repression in Turkey causes more of those professionals to seek the safer haven of the U.S., then I hope we welcome them. It is Turkey's loss and our gain.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 07/20/2016 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

I do not think that the ethnicity of the personnel of the Sonoran Science Academies is relevant to any discussion of those schools. They may be good or bad. Their curriculum may be strong or weak. But please leave the ethnic profiling out of it.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 07/20/2016 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas on Testing and the Classrooms First Initiative Council

Douglas: "[Standardized] testing was never intended to be an assessment of a teacher, a school or a district." Never? For at least the last 15 years (the advent of No Child Left Behind) that is exactly what much standardized testing was meant to be.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 07/01/2016 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Crunching University High Enrollment Numbers

You write: "The percentage of Hispanic students enrolled in TUSD has also gone up appreciably, meaning that the changing percentages at UHS are more a reflection of an overall demographic shift in the district than a successful effort to enroll a larger percentage of Hispanics in the school." You have not even begun to provide the statistical analysis that would be required to make that causal inference. One obvious problem is that it ignores your own observation in the previous paragraph that the students attending UHS from inside TUSD are disproportionately Hispanic, relative to the school's total student population.

Separately, concerning Rat T's comment, I don't know of any data supporting the conclusion that UHS's academic standards have slipped.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 03/17/2016 at 4:33 AM

Re: “A Better Job

puts "petal" to the metal? Newspapers' operating statements are dismal everywhere, but you are right: this one needs a copy editor.

Posted by Mark Stegeman on 11/12/2015 at 3:09 AM

Re: “Ducey Scores Big Political Win With School Funding Package

I am not sure to what extent the ASBA's support for this settlement represents the views of the school boards that it nominally represents.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 11/01/2015 at 11:47 AM

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