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Re: “Southwest East Coast

Best pizza in Tucson!

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Posted by kel4ravens on 05/02/2017 at 8:28 PM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

Just finished watching the video of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" where Jimmy made one of the most intelligent and heartfelt appeals to "public servants" in Washington DC. His newborn son was born with a heart defect, which even for an innocent little neonate would be a "preexisting" condition. Compared to most, Kimmel is a very rich man, so he did not really have to say what he did.… Of course, asking to consider compassion has already fallen on some cold, deaf ears in the land of career politicians:…

43 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 05/02/2017 at 6:19 PM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

Why does anyone want to hold a public office if they do not want to express a public position on important public issues that form public policies that directly affect the public?

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Posted by Constant Voter on 05/02/2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Back When Arizonans Cared About Public Education, and Were Willing to Fight For Their Initiative Rights

If Huppster really believes there is no correlation between the cost of education and its quality then why is tuition at the top private high schools way over $10, 000 and why do private schools need state taxpayer money? If they have love in their hearts they should teach children without government assistance.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Frances Perkins on 05/02/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Back When Arizonans Cared About Public Education, and Were Willing to Fight For Their Initiative Rights

Amen John. That is where the problem began. Money does not improve outcome. In fact in many areas it makes it worse.

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Posted by D Huerta on 05/02/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Back When Arizonans Cared About Public Education, and Were Willing to Fight For Their Initiative Rights

Let's keep our mind focused on what is important: the quality of education, not the cost. This blog is perpetually focused on increasing the cost of education. There is not correlation between the cost of education and its quality.

Just look at college graduation. As the percentage of young adults with degrees has gone up, the percentage of college graduates not employed has gone up even faster.

We need a blog where people discuss education and education policy.

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Posted by on 05/02/2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Back When Arizonans Cared About Public Education, and Were Willing to Fight For Their Initiative Rights

In the May 2 Star I read that Governor Ducey has heard no concern about Arizona being near the bottom of all states in per-student funding. And his proposed budget, about to be introduced in the legislature, will be a home run for education. Among the devices featured in his plan is $38 million for results-based funding with about 65% of it going to schools doing very well while situated in relatively well-off neighborhoods and districts, with a disproportionate share going to charter schools. This is but one of the dozen or so gimmicks intended to show how well the governor is treating public education while failing to address the critical backlog of capital needs in the schools or the cruel underpayment of the states teachers, to mention just two of the critical issues he prefers not to notice.
I suggest that every reader who has concern about our states inadequate funding for public education contact her legislators, who may listen and hear her concerns while Governor Ducey has made it all too evident that he will not.

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Posted by franklymydears on 05/02/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Editor’s Note

The comment to which you are responding does not lump all public school districts across the country into one category. It says some are high functioning and others are low functioning. That is a fact that would be acknowledged by most sane education analysts. It says that in light of the fact that no good solutions have been found to addressing the problems in low functioning, troubled urban districts like TUSD (another broadly acknowledged reality) it falls to voucher opponents to explain why it is inappropriate to allow under-served constituents to apply the tax funds available to support their K-12 educations in higher functioning alternative schools. Your comment did not provide that explanation.

When you have a feasible, implementable solution to the serious teaching and learning problems that occur in districts like TUSD (e.g. too many classrooms manned by rotating casts of outsourced, under-qualified, and underpaid subs; grossly inflated admin salaries and bonuses occurring inappropriately at the same time as grossly insufficient teacher salaries and bonuses; ongoing problems with implementing desegregation orders to properly achieve "unitary status", etc. ad nauseam) let us know. Until then, many of us will continue to believe that getting as many people transferred to higher functioning institutions as possible is the best damage-control solution that can be provided. It's not the ideal way to manage a universal K-12 education system, but in Arizona we are not living in the Panglossian "best of all possible worlds," and the solutions offered have to fit the real conditions in the institutions in question and produce genuine benefit in the lives of constituents. That doesn't seem to be accomplished by the theoretical-utopian-we'll-keep-selling-fares-on-the-Titanic-even-though-it's-sinking-maybe-we'll-be-able-to-plug-those-holes-if-we-can-just-recruit-more-fares schemes favored by some.

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Posted by Not as easy as it seems... on 05/02/2017 at 11:06 AM
Posted by CW14 on 05/02/2017 at 10:13 AM
Posted by CW13 on 05/02/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Ward 3 Tucson City Council Candidate Pool Is Filling Up

Libertarians are losers, so why bother?

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Posted by Steve Zupcic on 05/02/2017 at 12:08 AM
Posted by CW14 on 05/01/2017 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Hey Bub, Broadway east of Camino Seco is already planned, funded and scheduled to be repaved...

What about the rest of our roads? I am voting yes for this proposition because our current city government demonstrated effective spending during the last funding cycle for roads. Let's keep the ball rolling. I get it that people are upset and the system is not as efficient as it should be BUT we have as many miles of roadway as the city of Chicago (same city sq miles) but we only have about 1/6th the population, at some point we have to find an alternative way of paying for the roads. Ideally this would be funded by a gas tax or registration fee increase in addition to receiving more help from the state, for example HURF funding... Back to reality, this is our best chance to keep the progress going and the city has demonstrated enough over the last 5 years to justify another 5 or 6.

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Posted by HumanBean on 05/01/2017 at 6:02 PM
Posted by CW13 on 05/01/2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Back When Arizonans Cared About Public Education, and Were Willing to Fight For Their Initiative Rights

Informative Article, Mr. Safier....however, you have omitted once essential point in the Cost of Higher Public Education here in Arizona. Our Constitution states that this cost should be as close to free as possible...Hardly!!!

PCC: The PCC Administration, unfortunately with the support of the Board of Governors and Faculty, are Incompetent with a focus on their own aggrandizement at the expense of PCC Students; witness the recent Increase in Student Tuition to support a Financially Bloated Administration and Faculty notwithstanding a 30+% Decline in Student enrollment within the past 6 years.

PCC STUDENTS: You are being played as PAWNS!!! Pima Community College belongs to the residents of Pima Countythat means YOU!!!

Take it back....GO ON STRIKE!!!!

UofA: At the UofA: While Administrators are making over $200,000/yr, UofA President-to-be almost $1,000,000/yr, and Professors over $100,000/yr, Students are skipping meals due to cost.

This is an Outrage and we, the Citizens of Arizona, are to blame for allowing our Public Educational System to be run as a For-Profit Business.

Public Education, at all levels, should be available to all qualified Students at NO cost!!! Public monies should be supporting Students and the Classroom Infrastructure.and NOT a Bloated Administration/Faculty!!!

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 05/01/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Broadway east of Camino Seco might as well be scraped clean and drill for oil. It no longer qualifies as a paved road. Shame on this local government. They have cheated the tax payers.

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Posted by What is this town thinking? on 05/01/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr tackles 10cc's '70's Classic 'Rubber Bullets'

thanks to you

Posted by William Sedlmayr on 04/30/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Hell Yes!

$9.4 million city surplus last year --- could have purchased 15 brand new pumper trucks for the fire dept and had $$$ for overhaul of bulletproof vests --- instead all city employees got a bonus --- now they try to raise our taxes.

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Posted by Dan Simon 1 on 04/30/2017 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Danehy

How many times do I have to tell you I don't swing that way. I'm sure there are many eligible gay men in Tucson who would love to meet you. There is a gay gentleman who lives in my neighborhood but I don't think he'd be interested. He's a bit too conservative for you.

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Posted by CW13 on 04/30/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Danehy

Ooooh, pumpkin, what a naughty idea. Let's do it in the Arena.

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Posted by Wink, wink on 04/29/2017 at 11:56 AM

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