David, as a member of the ranks down in the proverbial trench of the classroom, saying that TUSD is a failure is ridiculous... it's too big and has too many people of widely varying skill to make that kind of blanket statement. There is much good to say about many TUSD people and programs. What *would* be an accurate to say is that TUSD -over the long haul- has implimented SO MANY new programs, systems, protocols, mandates, structures, training and put so many Band-Aids on so many boo boos that we've grown weary and skeptical. EEI? Down our throats for an entire year. Now? Zip. SuccessMaker? Choking on it for two years. Now? Late implementation, and oh, it's un-supported this year, don't call us. Harcourt literacy... "follow with ultimate fidelity!" Now? I can't even get a replacement workbook after multiple requests and there are no less than three different literacy approaches in place in my school alone. Man, I'm tired of the wheel being reinvented with nothing to show but wasted hours and blown money. As a result, my trust in leadership has wavered and morale just plain sucks. I'm only 15 years into this TUSD gig, imagine how strung out on this bologna the ultra long timers are. *sigh*
The fact that BASIS is spreading their disease to the elementary level sickens me.
I've read David's review and I've read the comments. All of them contain at least one point (in some cases many more) that strike a strong chord with me. I'm a "team member" (H.T.'s phrase) and our team - both state and local - are so painfully flawed that all my thoughts and opinions just melt into one simple sadness.
Sad closing statements from Sigmund. David, do we know of any charters that are legitimately succeeding at educating the whole child in Tucson?
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