Francis Saitta 
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Francis Patrick Saitta, Ph.D. Candidate for the TUSD School Board 45 years of Teaching/Research Experience from Kindergarten, Middle School Level, Secondary Level, Undergraduate Level, Graduate… More »

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Re: “Interview With Lily Eskelsen García, President Of The National Education Association

The New York State System of Teacher Evaluation may, in fact, be flawed. We are in Arizona..and... it is the School District that determines Teacher Salaries and Retention.

Standardized Testing, at every Grade Level/Subject, in our Public School System is necessary because of the heterogeneity of Instructional Programs of Schools and Classroom Teachers. We need an objective measure that indicates that our Students are being taught properly. This is the sole function of Standardized Testing and the necessity for their existence.

The Common Core Standards will highlight those States/School Systems/ Schools that have a viable/productive Public Secondary System and those that do not so that corrective measures can be taken; if necessary via a complete reorganization of the Administrative and Instructional Staff

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 11/04/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Interview With Lily Eskelsen García, President Of The National Education Association

The New York State System of Teacher Evaluation may, in fact, be flawed. We are in Arizona...and...it is the School District that determines Teacher's Salaries and Retention NOT the State of Arizona.

Standardized Testing, at every Grade Level/Subject, in our Public School System is necessary because of the heterogeneity of Instructional Programs of Schools and Classroom Teachers. We need an Objective Measure that indicates that our Students are being taught properly. This is the sole function of Standardized Testing and the necessity for their existence.

The Common Core Standards will highlight those States/School Systems/ Schools that have a viable/productive Public Secondary System and those that do not so that corrective measures can be taken; if necessary via a complete reorganization of the Administrative and Instructional Staff

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 11/04/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Interview With Lily Eskelsen García, President Of The National Education Association

High stakes testing, or "toxic testing" as she likes to call it, is one of Eskelsen García's go-to issues. She's not against standardized testing.....“that were generally developed to give you broad trend lines” to decide if a student moves on to the next grade or graduates, if a teacher keeps his or her job or if a school stays open. “That’s not what they were designed to do,” she maintains."

A Standardized Assessment Examinations at each Grade Level is an essential component for providing information regarding the effectiveness of the Instructional Program of the Classroom Teacher and should be used, along with other criteria, in deciding salary and retention.

It provides a measure of accountability for the Classroom Teacher which, unfortunately, the National Education Association and the Tucson Education Association oppose!!!

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 11/03/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Michael Hicks’ Bankruptcy, And Why It Matters For A TUSD Board Member

Safier...you are a first rate GUTTER Journalist!!!

I do not support Michael Hicks because of his record as a Member of the TUSD Board...NOT....because of any Personal Financial problems he might have had in the past. You might do well to remember..."there but for the Grace of God go I"

The Tucson Weekly would do well to stop giving you a forum for your Garbage/Despicable Articles.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 10/19/2014 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Let's Take A Look At That Story About TUSD In The Star

Rich Kronberg makes the following point in the Comments Section of the Arizona Daily Star:

"....One way that school administrators hide money is to build a budget based on the
number of full time equivalent (FTE) teachers the district should have. Multiply
that by the average cost per teacher and that generates the cost of the teacher
unit. If, however, the district does not hire full time staff for all its teaching
positions...and TUSD has faild to fill all its teaching slots with full time
teachers for quite a few years...that leaves a lot of money in the budget that
will not be used to pay for teachers and is available to spend on what might, at
best, be termed "fluff." Unless the Governing Board actually knows the number of
FTE employed by TUSD, it can easily be misled by the budgeted figures. What do
you want to bet that the members of the Governing Board (with the possible
exception of Dr. Stegeman) have no actual knowledge of how many TUSD classes are
taught by a parade of substitutes instead of full time highly qualified
teachers?..."

There are approximately 180 Positions Posted on the TUSD Web Site. It needs to be determined if the Current Budget Estimates are a piece of "Financial Legerdemain" to hide the misuse of Public Monies and possible Fraud. Since Public Funds are involved, an immediate Audit by the State and Federal Government should be called for the TUSD Board..

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 10/15/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Expect Fireworks At The TUSD Board Meeting

Rich Kronberg makes the following point in the Comments Section of the Arizona Daily Star:

"....One way that school administrators hide money is to build a budget based on the
number of full time equivalent (FTE) teachers the district should have. Multiply
that by the average cost per teacher and that generates the cost of the teacher
unit. If, however, the district does not hire full time staff for all its teaching
positions...and TUSD has faild to fill all its teaching slots with full time
teachers for quite a few years...that leaves a lot of money in the budget that
will not be used to pay for teachers and is available to spend on what might, at
best, be termed "fluff." Unless the Governing Board actually knows the number of
FTE employed by TUSD, it can easily be misled by the budgeted figures. What do
you want to bet that the members of the Governing Board (with the possible
exception of Dr. Stegeman) have no actual knowledge of how many TUSD classes are
taught by a parade of substitutes instead of full time highly qualified
teachers?..."

There are approximately 180 Positions Posted on the TUSD Web Site. It needs to be determined if the Current Budget Estimates are a piece of "Financial Legerdemain" to hide the misuse of Public Monies and possible Fraud. Since Public Funds are involved, an immediate Audit by the State and Federal Government should be called for the TUSD Board.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 10/15/2014 at 8:29 AM
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