Friday, September 22, 2017

Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 3:31 PM

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Teacher shortages are a national problem. According to a recent survey, the number one reason teachers give for leaving the profession—55 percent of them—is dissatisfaction. By comparison, financial considerations are cited by 18 percent. Between the top and bottom are Financial/personal reasons, Retirement, and Pursuing another job, in that order.

This isn't new news. It's from the 2012 School and Staffing Survey put together by the National Center for Educational Statistics along with a follow-up survey in 2013. It came up again in a recent panel discussion in Washington DC, and sadly, it's more relevant today than it was five years ago. As with any survey, the numbers are approximate. General dissatisfaction covers low salaries as well as a host of other issues, and in a place like Arizona with its bottom-of-the-barrel salaries, money concerns certainly rank higher than elsewhere.

But as a teacher who retired just when our national obsession with high stakes testing was revving up and class sizes were climbing, I'm certain a growing sense of dissatisfaction pervades the teaching profession, driving many a gifted teacher out of the classroom and making potential new teachers think twice about going into the field of education.

When I went into teaching and began my 30-plus year career, it was because I wanted to teach. I wanted to be part of helping young people learn. I wanted to be part of helping young people grow. I wanted the freedom to shape my curriculum in a way that suited my interests and teaching style so I could maximize my enthusiasm and effectiveness.

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McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 11:27 AM

Sen. John McCain, who torpedoed the last GOP healthcare bill in a surprise vote in July, says he’ll vote against the Graham-Cassidy healthcare legislation that GOP lawmakers are rushing to a vote by the end of the month.

McCain announced his opposition in a statement on his Twitter feed:

As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate. Committees of jurisdictions should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment. That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan concensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority … I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried … I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition. Far from it. The bill’s authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I.

McCain's decision makes the passage of Graham-Cassidy much more difficult for GOP leaders, who are struggling to find 50 votes in their caucus in the face of unified Democratic opposition. They can only afford to lose three votes in order to get the bill across the finish line.

Wyatt Earp Needs a Home

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Hi, I’m Wyatt Earp!

I am a cool 2 year old domestic longhair cat looking for the purr-fect home! When I got to HSSA I was very overweight and my teeth were not very good shape. Now I am on a special diet that helped me get back on track for being a healthy, happy cat.
I love people and will sit happily beside you or on your lap. I am very calm and looking for someone just as mellow. I didn’t like my kennel so the nice people at HSSA are letting me stay in our clinic where I am free to roam until I am adopted.
I have been diagnosed with FIV but don’t be scared. It just means I will need to be an indoor only cat. I am looking for a home where I can be the only pet so that I get all of your love and attention. Come fall in love with me at HSSA Main Campus at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., or give an adoptions counselor a call at 520-327-6088 x173!

Purrs and Kisses,
Wyatt Earp (841699)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wildcats Can Suit Up And Save

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 8:50 PM

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What do you get when you cross the UA career service center with JCPenney? For UA students with valid IDs, it’s some serious savings in the form of a 40 percent discount at a Suit Up event this Sunday, Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

For guys, that means the opportunity to pick up a Stafford suit jacket and pants, and two each of shirts, ties, belts and shoes for under 200 bucks. For the ladies, a Worthington suit jacket, skirt, shirt and shoes will be under $80.

UA faculty, staff and alumni, along with JCPenney team members, will also be standing by with tips and tricks on what to wear to a job interview and even how to tie a tie.

The event will take place at the El Con Shopping Center JCPenney at 3501 E. Broadway after the store closes, so job seekers’ needs will be the only thing on the agenda for the evening. CatTran will be available to shuttle over interested students from 6:15 to 9 p.m.


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Laughing Stock: Set Unlisted is Free 2 for 1 Standup and Improv

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 8:18 PM

The Titanic comedy team of Leland Long and Matt Ziemak presents Set Unlisted, free, at 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24, at Laff's Comedy Caffe.​ - JEREMY SHOCKLEY
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  • The Titanic comedy team of Leland Long and Matt Ziemak presents Set Unlisted, free, at 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24, at Laff's Comedy Caffe.​
As Leland Long was serially abandoning potentially lucrative UA degree programs, he stumbled across his true calling: comedy. Now, he confesses, “I have no money.”

The sacrifice has so far been worth it. His comedy life is well-populated and fun-filled, and the rest of us get to enjoy its output. His latest project, in collaboration with standup comedian Matt Ziemak, is a unique mash up of stand-up and improv: “Set Unlisted.” The show makes its second appearance at Laff’s Comedy Caffe at 8 pm, Sunday, September 24. It’s free, but the club has a two-item minimum.

Set Unlisted, the name, comes from comedians’ common practice of making a “setlist” of their jokes as they warm up for a show. These pre-show setlists can be on bar napkins, in notebooks, on cellphones and often on the palms of a comedian’s hands.

Paper is the setlist medium of choice for Set Unlisted, the show. After each standup set, Long appropriates the setlist, slices it up, and gives its delisted contents to a team of improvisers. The team uses them as prompts for a whole different set of jokes, delivered in improvised scenes. Occasionally, the improvisers find the joke the comedian intended. Since the improv team has been sequestered out of earshot of the standup routine, these congruences can be magical. Only the audience gets them. The joke is on the jokers!

Standup comedians scheduled for Sept. 24 are Rory Monserat, co-host of a weekly open mic at The Loudhouse, Monte Benjamin, the comedian featured in our Aug. 7 column; Nancy Stanley, who organizes the long-standing Estrogen Hour, and several other benefits around Tucson; and Chris Thayer, recently emigrated to Tucson from Los Angeles and featured in our June 15 column.

Long recruited the improvisers from Tucson Improv Movement, where he is a performing member of the company. They are Andrew Hatch of TIM’s premier team The Soapbox, TIM artistic director Daniel Kirby, Esther Brilliant of TIM’s long-running all-female team The Riveters, and geo-scientist Jason Burwell, because improv.

Long says he “fell in love with improv” while watching a friend perform at the UA. He couldn’t make the team, so the friend suggested taking lessons at TIM. The same friend led him into standup comedy. Long says, “Laff’s was the only place I could do standup underage because I could stay in the green room.” That’s where he met Ziemak and they started writing together.

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New TSO Director Kicks Off A New Season

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 7:15 PM

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Tucson Symphony Orchestra opens its 2017/2018 season with a program designed by new music director José Luis Gomez.

“All of them, in a way, present me to Tucson,” Gomez said. “It’s like a way of saying, ‘hi, this is me.’”

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Quick Bites: Mister Bing, Milkshakes and Mysteries

Posted By and on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 1:34 PM

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Mister Bing’s The Supper Club Experience. Hacienda del Sol hosts international entertainers Jesse and Laura Berger and several other musical guests at this Hollywood-style celebration of the Great American Songbook. A swanky cocktail hour is followed by dinner and show. On the menu? Cesar salad to start, roast branzino or braised short rib for the entree and a s’more cake to finish things off. Sure “The Best Things in Life are Free,” but “You and the Night and the Music” and the food will form the perfect quartet, so perhaps it’s best to just “Pick Yourself Up," give into “Temptation,” and head over to Hacienda del Sol. 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. $75 (plus tax and gratuity).

Flavor by Loews Hotels. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is now participating in the hotel’s initiative to offer guests lovable local flavors by partnering with the companies behind some of Tucson’s tastiest treats. The hotel will be offering tamales from the Tucson Tamale Company (called “the best tamales in the USA” by Alton Brown of The Food Network), French toast made with bread from Barrio Bread and beer on tap from Dragoon Brewing Company throughout the resort. It’s the perfect place for visiting friends and relatives to stay to get a taste of the city, and many Tusconans will probably now be tempted to stay at the resort themselves. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive.


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The Weekly List: 21 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Art

Art Now! With Chuck Nanney. Artist Chuck Nanney’s sculptural works from the last three years, which are equal parts minimalist modern and whimsical chic, are showing at MOCA through Oct. 1. For this event, Nanney comes to the museum to talk about his work (which includes sound pieces) nal art lecture format by allowing audiences to engage in discussion about all of the forms that the art of today’s world takes. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. MOCA Tucson, 265 S. Church Ave. $10, free for MOCA members.

Diana Madaras Signing Event. It’s hard to believe that calendars for 2018 are already out, but it makes sense, really. After all, 2017 is no spring chicken anymore. Diana Madaras’ 2018 Southwest Art Calendar is out, serving the tri-purpose of helping you keep track of the days, decorate your house and support local art. This week, she’ll even be signing them, so they serve the fourth purpose of showing off your impressive connections in the art world. Also, calendars make fantastic gifts for everyone from your mom to that one coworker you don’t know very well and gave gift cards and lotion to for the past three Christmases. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. Madaras Gallery, 3035 N. Swan Road. Free.

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Equinox Poetry Chalking. Chalk, meet poetry. You two should have a lot in common, because you’re both versatile, colorful and good at bringing people together. At this Sam Lena-South Tucson Library event, both will be provided for people of all ages to chalk poems in both English and Spanish celebrating the beginning of fall and the beauty of libraries. Feel free to bring a favorite—or original—poem of your own, and to try out some futuristic glitter chalk, and even spray chalk. 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Sam Lena-South Tucson Library 1607 S. Sixth Ave. Free.

Music and Theater

The Astronaut Farmworker. Pima Community College’s run of José Cruz González's play inspired by the story of real-life astronaut José Hernández runs through Oct. 1. In the show, Pepito, the son of migrant farmworkers, is struggling to learn English and make friends in his new home. When he watches Apollo 11 land on the moon, he knew from that day forward that he wanted to be an astronaut. A feel-good story about following your dreams and the power of education, it’s a must-see for kids, parents, grandparents and everyone in between. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. ASL interpreters Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. Scout Theatre Adventure (for girl and boy scouts and their leaders at a discounted price). Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Through Oct. 1. Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. $8 (or $6 for groups of 10 or more)


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James G. Davis (1931-2016): Down at the Tower Bar, A Retrospective

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@ Etherton Gallery Sat., Sept. 9, 7-10 p.m. and Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 11 135 S. Sixth Ave.

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