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Re: “Nobody Dies Forever

HIlarious performance.1 Well done, LTW
BTW, please correct the spelling in the headline.

Posted by Jerrod Mason on 05/26/2018 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Saving the Sanctuary: Tucson City Council Pushes for Historic Status for Midtown Benedictine Monastery as Development Battle Intensifies

This tact of Kozachik is very Seattle-ish. Does he really want to turn Tucson into a business-hostile environment like Seattle. He and the city should have made these gestures BEFORE the property was sold to a private businessperson who has a right to make profitable use of his property.

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Posted by Kanye East on 05/25/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Danehy

Anti white is journalism's new religion bslap. They think it will get them into heaven.

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Posted by Not A Chance In Hell? on 05/25/2018 at 5:32 AM

Re: “The Evolution and Devolution of Diane Douglas

Hi, Francis. Can you provide an example of a curriculum change orchestrated by Ms. Douglas that "insidiously impose[s] her Religious Beliefs on others"?

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 05/24/2018 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Saving the Sanctuary: Tucson City Council Pushes for Historic Status for Midtown Benedictine Monastery as Development Battle Intensifies

Arizona's state school chief is determined to beat Mississippi in the race to the bottom!

https://www.livescience.com/14950-state-sc…

WE'RE NUMERO CINCUENTA!

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Posted by JCC on 05/24/2018 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Times They Are A Changin'

The remnants of the Gayatri bookstore still exist. You could go for a cheap A-1 beer and Rays and Reds, which is long gone. Back then the street south of the University was also filled with shops and bars, it was a great environment for a student, cheap housing, cheap food, a good University. Now it's an education machine, overcrowded and expensive and fourth Avenue is finished as we all remember it. The city council was asked to blink and blink they did. All the verbiage about floors, parking, density and more is just word salad. Developers with money make the rules. Time for a beer.

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Posted by REALITY CHECK on 05/24/2018 at 2:23 PM

Re: “I Know I Said I Wouldn't Give Teachers Advice, But . . .

Are there statistics as to how many teachers, support and Administrators are retired under ASRS and continue to work in similar capacities through a third party? Kind of a nice perk close to 75% increase in salaries.

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 05/24/2018 at 11:59 AM

Re: “The Skinny

#LyingAlly

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Posted by She's Gotta Go on 05/24/2018 at 11:06 AM

Re: “I Know I Said I Wouldn't Give Teachers Advice, But . . .

Interesting how much "enlightened" commentary on TUSD fails to take note of the fact that there are a lot of kids in the district -- how many? hundreds? thousands? -- receiving the majority of their core instruction in reading, writing, civics and math from outsourced, underpaid workers who do not have teaching credentials. This includes elementary classroom teachers, who provide the majority of students' instruction in all subjects throughout the year, and subject-area teachers in middle school and high school.

At various points during the REDforED movement we were informed that the movement was about "improving services to STUDENTS" and about the need for more funds to raise teacher salaries and SOLVE THE TEACHER SHORTAGE.

But now, with fresh new money in its hot hands, it appears that none of the decision makers and pundits surrounding TUSD are talking about identifying and solving the worst problems with the district's failure to deliver quality instruction.

Safier is talking about using the funds in ways that will build the political will to flip the governorship: "If teachers sacrificed some of their raise to make up for the legislature stiffing the rest of the staff [...t]he move would foster unity across the school community in the struggle to achieve full funding for Arizona education [...] it encourages everyone to share the burden during the political campaign season, at voting time and, if necessary, during a walkout next year."

Others talk about honoring legislative intent and / or fear of blowback from the legislature, fairness to counselors, fairness to janitors, site maintenance needs, school safety concerns, and REDforED demands, but I've yet to find anyone except a solitary teacher commenter in a recent TUSD Board meeting Call to the Audience pointing out that when students are not receiving instruction from "teachers" who have credentials in the subject, something is being lost in the way of quality instruction that the new money should perhaps be used to restore. A lone voice crying in the wilderness. No one listens, no one responds.

When TUSD's mis-use of outsourced subs IS discussed, it is discussed as a labor justice issue -- "These un-credentialed substitutes need higher wages and benefits!" -- not as a mis-delivery of education issue. The various commenters appear to be so unconcerned with the EDUCATIONAL issues surrounding TUSD's mis-use of ESI-contracted substitute teachers that there is no mention of a pretty obvious fact when it comes to quality of services delivered to students: substitutes should fill very short-term vacancies in cases where permanent, certified teachers are briefly unable to cover their own classroom. They should not be used in a long-term fashion to deliver "instruction" from week to week and month to month because a district cannot attract enough qualified applicants to cover all the positions that should be filled by fully credentialed educators. If raising Step 1 salaries can fill some of the classrooms that are currently covered by subs with permanent credentialed teachers, that is a clear Priority #1 for the application of new funds.

The ongoing absence of this fact in discussions of priorities for funding application just reinforces the sad fact that not only does TUSD seem largely unable at this point to function as an EDUCATIONAL institution, but the community and media have entirely lost the will or ability to effectively ask it to do so. The best hope most TUSD residents have of receiving quality instruction will be in removing their per-pupil funding from the district and applying it elsewhere.

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Posted by ...and still no one addresses the elephant in the room. on 05/24/2018 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Texas Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virgina)???? Is he from Texas or Virginia?????? Where are your copy editors?

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Posted by diane4art on 05/24/2018 at 8:56 AM

Re: “The Evolution and Devolution of Diane Douglas

tontonbob, if you called a commenter a "fag libby," I would make sure your comment was deleted. Since it's directed at me, I'm leaving it, and memorializing it. Amazing, tontonbob.

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Posted by David Safier on 05/24/2018 at 8:45 AM

Re: “The Evolution and Devolution of Diane Douglas

TONTONBOB do you expect anyone to take you seriously using sub-neanderthal language like that?

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Posted by stalecloud on 05/24/2018 at 7:10 AM

Re: “The Evolution and Devolution of Diane Douglas

Diane Douglas is a Proselytizing Religious Reactionary in the disguise of the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction! She is using her position to insidiously impose her Religious Beliefs on others! Her efforts to construct an "Curriculum" to indoctrinate Arizona's Students with her Religious Beliefs Must be rejected as an egregious violation of the Separation of Church and State!!! "

The proposed changes drew opposition from Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association. We support the teaching of the scientific theory of evolution in the schools, he said.....Scientific standards should be based on scientific research and nothing else..

.....and...in the up coming Elections, Republicans MUST b booted out of Office. They are a threat to the stability of the Inherent Diversity of our Social System.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 05/24/2018 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Danehy

One side effect of the decision is that it will draw people away from the Indian casinos. This could severely impact the main source of income for many Native-American tribes.

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Posted by Kentop on 05/24/2018 at 6:03 AM

Re: “Danehy

"Other old, white legislators" - why does it matter what race they are? My goodness it's trendy to be a racist - as long as it's against white people.

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Posted by bslap on 05/24/2018 at 6:00 AM

Re: “The Skinny

You can't characterize every bill that has a modest reduction in immigration as "hard-line". That's dishonest journalism. The Goodlatte bill's measures are supported by the majority of voters in *every* state, including California. "Comprehensive immigration reform" as put forward in the past wasn't called "hard-line" or any other negative adjectives. I guess that's because it increased overall immigration, something that most journalists seem to support.

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Posted by bslap on 05/24/2018 at 5:58 AM

Re: “The Evolution and Devolution of Diane Douglas

Douglas must be over the target - liberals are ramping up the rhetoric.

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Posted by go2ski on 05/24/2018 at 5:18 AM

Re: “The Evolution and Devolution of Diane Douglas

Thanks for the endorsement of Diane. When a fag libby demonizes someone, you know they're good.

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Posted by tontonbob on 05/24/2018 at 4:43 AM

Re: “The Evolution and Devolution of Diane Douglas

Evolution is incompatible with Biblical crestionism. So are astronomy, geology and physics. Ms. Douglas is an enemy of education and a clear and present threat to the children of Arizona.

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Posted by RickK101 on 05/24/2018 at 3:44 AM

Re: “The Evolution and Devolution of Diane Douglas

That graphic dehumanizes Ms. Douglas. I would say it's beneath you, but I rather doubt it is.

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 05/23/2018 at 7:34 PM

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