Jana Happel 
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Re: “TUSD Magnet Schools, Desegregation, and the Next Step

Tracking demographic enrollment data is key to desegregation efforts. For many years TUSD posted data on its website that was updated daily. As far as I can tell, no new data has been posted since last school year. Am I wrong? Can anyone point to where is the new home for this data? Why the lack of transparency?

More importantly, why did TUSD change reporting this data? What is gained and by whom? Nothing is gained by those who seek integration.

This is not how a district that endeavors to integrate conducts business.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 01/06/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “The Smearing of Mark Stegeman, TUSD Board Candidate

Thank you Mark for not hiding your true self. You THANKED and AGREED with Tucson Observer's comment placing the blame for racial disparity in drop out rates on parents:

"Minority students are dropping out at higher rates than whites. The answer isn't to look at why this is the case with the students, be it taking parental responsibilities at home despite being minors, lack of discipline at home, disrespecting teachers and school administration in the application of consequences for bad behavior, etc. No, you can't blame bad parents; "culturally-relevant courses" is the cure all to the disastrous effects of single-motherhood and other crimes parents (more like sperm and egg donors) commit."

Your reply:

"TucsonObserver: Yes, I agree. Thanks."

You really could use a course in critical race theory. There is plenty of blame to go around for a problem like this. As a board member, you should know this and you have just revealed one of many reasons you should be voted out.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 11/07/2016 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Don Jorgensen Withdraws His Endorsement of Mark Stegeman

"Accurate American history" IS a dog whistle, plain and simple. Thanks to Jorgenson for saying so and doing the right thing. We should not have such short memories to forget Stegeman's role in shutting down MAS.

Stegeman testified for Huppenthal AGAINST TUSD and called MAS a cult. He was not a reluctant witness. When he was called to testify, he brought a book with him to the witness stand. Apparently, he believed it supported his accusation. When he tried to start reading from it, the judge had to admonish him to merely answer the questions. Stegeman actively worked against TUSD to sabotage a program in his own district.

Accurate American history, indeed.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 11/05/2016 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Bosnian Delights

Thanks for the help. I guess my eyes went past "Chef Alisah's" as a reference to the Chef, not the restaurant. My bad. Sounds like a great place.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 10/27/2016 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Bosnian Delights

What is the name of this restaurant? If it's in there, it's easy to miss. Address? Is there any particular dish on the menu to describe? This is a good story about these members of the community and their journey. But I will have to search to find out how to try this place. Why make it so difficult?

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Posted by Jana Happel on 10/27/2016 at 6:22 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Under the Fair Housing Act, all landlords, including public housing, are required to make reasonable accommodations of their tenant policies where necessary because of a tenant's disability, including a mental health disability. What may look to some as merely bad behavior, may be a symptom. It's case specific and many tenants do not understand that they may have the right to request that their landlord provide such accommodations. Evictions can be devastating. Agencies that are charged with improving housing for people with lower incomes should keep in mind this mission, as well as their obligations to those with disabilities.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 06/30/2016 at 6:33 AM

Re: “What Motivates Ducey to Spend Money He Doesn't Want to Spend? Fear of the Voter.

David predicts three different scenarios. But the third scenario is flawed.

First, if Repubs do nothing: "They feared, if they continuing to stonewall the court order, they might find themselves with a voter rebellion on their hands. People might start listening to Democrats and moderate Republicans. Anti-public education conservative legislators could find their jobs threatened at the ballot box. They had to do something." Sounds great to me. Second, if Prop 123 passed, people would credit Repubs with increasing funding and third, if Prop 123 failed, then people aren't committed to increased funding.

I suggest that the first scenario is the way that education supporters would have reacted to Prop 123's defeat and that is why we were willing to deny immediate increases in order to fix a broken system. The pro-education "yes" voters denied us this opportunity. Rather, they accept as business as usual that our legislature will violate its constitutional obligations year after year. All education supporters want to vote in a new legislature. But the best way to get that done is if people " start listening to Democrats and moderate Republicans. Anti-public education conservative legislators could find their jobs threatened at the ballot box. " That is a scenario for change.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 06/08/2016 at 6:57 AM

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