Betts Putnam-Hidalgo 
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Re: “On the Theory and Practice of Bullshitting

Its amazing that Safier can so easily recognize a pile of steaming BS when it comes to our President and our Governor, but not our recently "resigned" Superintendent of TUSD schools, HT Sanchez. He is right that our Governor is no friend of education. Nonetheless, Sanchez called in a recent letter, for us all to congratulate Ducey on his desire to give all day kindergarten to ALL of our students--I guess despite Safier's misplaced support, Sanchez doesn't read his articles, like this one--http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archi… David makes it clear that ALL of our students are not represented in the governor's plan. In addition to misplaced support for Sanchez, I fear Safier's support for his so called "education community" is also misguided. His friends all supported and pushed through Proposition 123, promising that it would all be used for classrooms and teacher salaries (and then voted to put only a small percentage in that direction). Then they promised us that they'd be "watching those triggers" and making sure that there were steps 4,5 and 6. All I can say is that they must not have grandkids, not a one of them, because at the rate their support is taking us, there will BE no funding for public schools in the future, as the "principal" of the State Trust lands gets whittled away. With friends like these, as they say, who needs enemies?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/23/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Fund to Help Islamic Center is Real Deal

Marty Johnston is quirky, to say the least. He harassed my campaign for school board member at length for anti-Semitism because of my pro-Palestinian activism, then denigrated those who rose to my defense. But I've got to hand this one to him--GREAT IDEA MARTY AND STEPHANIE--the best way to resist is to NOT be dragged down into the mud with the people who are demonizing both of these faiths. I will be donating, hope everyone who reads this will be too.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/16/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

"Kindness", please do not accept Varney's words as any indication that he or his organization care about how the STUDENTS fare....they indicated that he cares only about how the SUPERINTENDENT fares. His words followed the veiled threat from Varney's right hand woman at a recent Board meeting that important collaborative programs could be cancelled now that Sanchez is gone. At a following meeting, during a discussion about the possibility of going out for a Bond in the future, a minority Board member who continues to champion Sanchez claimed that TUSD has lost the support of the political and business establishment by "what has happened here to Sanchez". Just who is the Board supposed to try to satisfy?

In this case, they had spent four long years satisfying the Superintendent to the detriment of the students and their teachers. If the political and business community are so committed to backing a continual liar (see citations elsewhere in this comment string) they should be replaced by people who know the value of honest transactions. 200,000 votes were cast in the recent election by people who know that our students and teachers deserve better than a string of lies and cover-ups, and a completely airtight bloc was broken.

Those who really care about TUSDs students should now be looking for ways that that Board can work together instead of hurling threats accompanied by name-calling, entrapment and badgering of the new member that can only make that harder.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/10/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Editors Note

Can you believe? I have more to add. The bottom line is that Hicks and Stegeman were indeed awful around MAS. And Foster and Grijalva were indeed horrible around desegregation and any sort of supervision of a Superintendent that was gaining raises every time he turned around. So what, exactly, is the problem with having a swing vote on there to neutralize the worst of the leadership abuses we have seen? If Foster and Grijalva were not running such a HUGE amount of interference, we would all be more easily able to see the number of unanimous votes that have been taken, and we would all more easily be able to see possibilities for both "sides" to win a little, lose a little. After a period in which only one side won ALL OF THE TIME that should make many people breathe a little more easily.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/09/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Editors Note

You know, I too cannot stand What's Up usual comments. But I do have to thank him or her for re-posting http://tucson.com/news/local/education/new…
for a good giggle. This is great leadership, right? Its worth a morning guffaw to see the Superintendent "not recall" that he had actually met Ms. Grijalva's mother in law, and then asked her if she would like to become part of the TUSD family, and finally discounted the person ahead of her in line according to ALL the reviewers because of not having long term certification. Sanchez himself was required to have certification, one would assume IN Arizona, but never did. One wonders if exposing this lie, i.e. actually DOING HER JOB is one reason why Huicochea doesn't cover TUSD anymore, and if, given the Boe-inspired media contract, one reason why the Arizona Daily Star hardly covers it either?!

I remember those days too, Mari. I remember them well. The difference between us though is that I never tuned out after giving a chance to the new Board that disposed of Pedicone. I gave them a chance, and I gave Sanchez a chance. If you look through the archives, you will even find pro-Sanchez quotes under my name. But I pretty quickly saw through the smoke and mirrors because I was in the schools and on the ground and not being beholden to any machine or political operatives, the Board disfunction, the over centralization,the mandates and the lies were overwhelming, as students lost funding and importance, and administrators multiplied like mushrooms. Did others stay in touch and keep up? Not so much. The political machine that is so vocal now? Many not at all!

And frankly, since you ask, I think Judy Burns would be very very happy about Rachael Sedgwick's performance on the dais. Don't forget how hard teachers, unions and administrators disliked Judy before she got on the Board. Don't forget that they kept her from her seat for three elections, and she only won on the fourth because no one else ran for the spot. They learned their lesson then, right? The elections now are a sea of people, about half of whom seem to be sent to run with no intention of doing anything but keeping others from winning. Since Judy died while in office, she has been lionized by the very machine that impeded her initial attempts to get on the Board. She was a fearless advocate for students from all over the district, and could be quite irritating with her incredibly specific questions ...She encouraged me to run, and I think (everyone will correct me if I am wrong!) she even suggested or encouraged that Mark Stegeman run. So lets not 'tokenize' her just because she's no longer around to set the record straight.

When, in the last meeting, Rachael questioned an item that was in the consent agenda that was so poorly written that it didn't even make clear what was to be voted on, that was a pure Judy Burns moment. Having done her homework, unlike the rest of the Board members, she started asking questions and sure enough the administrators who had reflexively put a completely untransparent item on the consent agenda were instructed to bring it back when it makes sense. If I am not wrong, that first instruction was from Adelita, desperately trying to save some semblance of focus, order and procedure after Kristle turned the questioning into yet another attack on Rachael. Was the poorly written item malicious lack of transparency or just sheer incompetence? I think Judy would have been quite proud that it was uncovered in either case.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/09/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Removing TUSD Superintendent Prioritized Over Finding Replacement

Might Debbi L be the illustrious Ms. Lesko, who keeps trying to cancel desegregation funding? (http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-…)

Way to honor the history of the state: after all, Arizona was originally on the side of the Confederates, so desegregation was never part of the plan. But desegregation of our schools is a federal mandate--which even Ms. Lesko doesn't get to legislate at the state level. And research shows that, for whatever reason, desegregated schools are a benefit to ALL students who attend them. While the days of "why do I have to sit next to a kid of a different color to do well?" may come back as a part of "making America Great Again" (read: WHITE Again), currently Plessy was thrown out as racist, and desegregation was brought in as an attempt to improve the lot of students of color. Seems like the govt. and politicians know full well how to take care of white kids, but they need direction to actually take care of the needs of other kids. Those who call for canceling the funds because they are so poorly managed should put their energy into making sure their use is audited and reported on on a regular basis, instead of canceling them and cementing our institutional and historical racism into place.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/09/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Removing TUSD Superintendent Prioritized Over Finding Replacement

Ms. Kharma, you leave out the one thing that should instantly disqualify Sanchez for the job, and should immediately undermine every single one of his very well-known political supporters. He lies. He lied about 301 money, he lied about bonuses and pay packages, he lied about 123 money--IF you actually knew what was going on in the District AND you listened to what he said, you could see the lies, and they were plentiful. By the time I devised the red card/yellow card system that I had thought of using (red for a whopper, yellow for just a "white" lie) he was already on his way out, but I'm sure it will be useful in the future in any case. If Jonathan Rothschild, Michael Varney, Randy Friese and all of the other political hot-shots in the Democratic Party think that a taxpayer-funded public official who lies on a regular basis deserves their praise, then, unfortunately their own electoral status should be in question. I use "unfortunately" because they do other things that I support. Now I do understand that the new president has made lying quite commonplace, even "normal" along with his cabinet picks, but I expect something better from local officials who are supposedly in charge of the educational future of OUR future--our kids. Perhaps the rumor (attributed to an ex-Board member) that Sanchez was a registered Republican who was forced to re-register as a Democrat when he came to TUSD is true, and perhaps he was simply displaying "Cabinet level" tendencies while he was here!

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/07/2017 at 8:20 AM

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