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Re: “Why the Common Wisdom About TUSD's Declining Enrollment Is Wrong

Death of a school district-Ray Atterbury

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Posted by Ray A on 07/23/2019 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Why the Common Wisdom About TUSD's Declining Enrollment Is Wrong

It's just mathematical David. Not complex at all. Over 30% of TUSD parents rate their child's school excellent, well above the national average but not nearly good enough in Arizona's brutally competitive education marketplace.

Suppose they are at 40% excellent rating? That still leaves 60% times 46,000 current students looking for something better. That's over 27,000 students poised to walk out the door.

Just look at how tough the marketplace is. Chandler Unified has a 72% excellent rating. That could be the best in the nation for a large school district. Their academic gains were rated second highest in the nation among the large school districts. Yet, they have, if I remember the numbers correctly, 18% of their students not in their schools.

They also have a big chunk of other people's students in their schools.

It's a dog eat dog world in education. TUSD has enormous advantages from economies of scale but, they are not using them.

Back in the 50s, three scientists revolutionized the U.S. by first revolutionizing Japan: Deming, Juran and Drucker.

Deming's mantra was continuous improvement. Really simple concept: measure, think, change, improve, measure again.

But, this hasn't worked in education because of the complexity of test scores.

You have to measure the drivers of test scores, not the test scores themselves.

What drives test scores? Supported teachers (not money, classroom support), engaged parents and inspired students.

TUSD could easily pull a sample of parents, teachers and students every three months.

But, that would be a different cultural reality.

The second scientist was Juran. His whole concept was breakthrough. His classic story was the horse harness. When they harnessed horses with the ox harness, it was choking the horse. How long did it take to redesign the harness and triple pulling power? 750 years.

At the fifth grade, 10 percent of students read for less than 2 minutes per day. What kind of breakthrough would guarantee that every student reads at least 30 minutes per day?

The typical student does less than 10 math problems per day. What kind of breakthrough would be required to ensure that every student does at least 100 math problems per day?

In Gallup's annual poll, less than 40% of students say that they laughed or smiled a lot yesterday. What kinds of breakthroughs are necessary to ensure that over 90% of students can say that?

There is a school system out there. It is improving every year. In a decade, it is going to be able to say yes to all these questions. That school system will almost certainly arise in Arizona. It will be the Amazon of education.

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Posted by on 07/23/2019 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Just Peachy

Women are not a unified voting group. Many are more concerned with the economic and social anxiety than with larger social issues and a great many are more concerned with the issue of abortion than with anything else. So, yes, many women may abhor some of the things Mr. Trump says, but they won't consider that the salient topic. As for Ivanka and her role in women's empowerment; that strikes me as a bit of a farce. She says lots of good things, but she really doesn't know what it means for a woman with kids at home and no secure income to move forward. If she did, she would be pushing more for childcare, education, and of course for safety from domestic violence: none of which have I seen her speak out on.

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Posted by KenWeene on 07/23/2019 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Asylum seekers moving into vacant detention center

I've heard that several otherwise suitable school buildings and commercial buildings were rejected because they did not have showers. But the cost of a facelift for the juvenile detention center could easily cover installing showers in one or more of these alternative locations.

Under international law, people have a right to seek asylum. Unauthorized crossing of the border is a civil offense, like a traffic ticket, not a criminal offense. Putting these people in a renovated jail amounts to treating them like criminals, and sends the wrong message to them and to us all.

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Posted by Joni Pinkney on 07/23/2019 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Asylum seekers moving into vacant detention center

I thought the BP built detention center building on Base at Swan Road under Obama. Why aren't they using it?

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Posted by Debbi on 07/22/2019 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Just Peachy

working class white women voted for trump. it was women of color who delivered the women's vote for clinton. working class women are more interested in paying the rent then in democratic party's agenda $15 dollar an hour is more important to them then silicon valleys donor class pushing for return to free trade with china to make donor class billionaires even richer.

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Posted by captain arizona on 07/22/2019 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Hate Your Face

Ha Ha Ha Ha!

"Dave M"! I see that the sock puppet is running out of names that are any good.

The only Rat I'm viewing on this comment thread is you. And the orange cheese is screwing your brain into excremented fodder.

Also, how classy of you to interject Seth Rich into this comment thread. Hopefully for you, his family doesn't figure out who you are. They have been notoriously protective about keeping his legacy untainted by sock puppet troll POSs such as yourself.

It did before this, but now, it sucks even more to be a troll such as yourself.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/20/2019 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Hate Your Face

Good one AZ/DC! You forgot to mention the Clinton Campaign worker, Seth Rich, who was murdered after Julius Asange at Wikileaks got ahold of Hillary and Huma's emails. They are leading you like a rat to cheese. Show them who is boss here.

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Posted by Dave M on 07/20/2019 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Hate Your Face

Hatred and anger?

How foolish of you to assume that when I'm laughing I'm experiencing hatred and anger. You tRump cultists are hilarious! I laugh at anyone who constantly has the facts thrown in their face and they just outright refuse to believe it; yet shit like "Pizzagate" and "Obama's a Kenyan" are the real deal to tRump loving losers. Yes, I typed losers, although I am aware "K.A.G." & "Ophelia" is the same sad individual attempting to boost numbers by adapting a different username every time he/she posts a comment. Talk about pathetic sock-puppetry!

Keep on posting 'em Ophelia MAGA KAG Trump 2020 clown. I promise it will create humour and laughter for me, not the hatred and anger built up in you which you have attempted to project on to me.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/20/2019 at 5:11 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Hate Your Face

Don't laugh too hard. He has created so much hatred and anger in you that it could soon affect your health. Relax son, everything will be ok.

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Posted by Keep America Great on 07/20/2019 at 4:26 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Hate Your Face


When you say "the Master", do you actually mean tRump?


Your comment is the most foolish one I've read in quite some time. You must be dosing the orange kool-aid straight from a PIV line.

Thank You for the best laugh I've had all day!

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/19/2019 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Barr Chokes Justice

You're a little too impulsive 13. As of late you've been posting a Bunch of stuff without doing your homework first. You can do better man. Get it together.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/19/2019 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Hate Your Face

Let's talk about Beto rallies. He is holding them in his Prius. And Pocahontas? She is too in tents.

BS Bernie won't pay minimum wage of $15 but demands that we do. Warren is out to destroy Wall St.

Pray for SSI to triple your income?...hahahaha Socialism still sucks.

Snopes can't say if Omar married her brother or not.

2020 is coming folks. We had 25 candidates and Biden, ole Sleepy Touchy Feely Joe is the front runner?

It will take more than bitter comic book tactics to beat the Master.

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Posted by Ophelia on 07/19/2019 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Barr Chokes Justice

Hey Charlie, I guess You don't read so well. I admitted that I was mistaken.
How about this?

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Posted by CW13 on 07/19/2019 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Barr Chokes Justice

before the civil war we were policed by sheriffs. cities invented police departments to control negroes and soon after irish immigrants. ( paddy wagons )

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Posted by captain arizona on 07/19/2019 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Barr Chokes Justice

How about this: Barr intervened to stop the Justice Department's federal prosecution of the NYPD officer who applied the chokehold to kill Eric Garner. Hence the very appropriate Claytoon.

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Posted by Charles Bloomer on 07/19/2019 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Barr Chokes Justice

Seeing as how I get the on-line edition of the Post , I can't believe I missed that. I stand corrected.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/19/2019 at 7:18 AM
Posted by Jim McGurn on 07/19/2019 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Barr Chokes Justice

Allow me to answer my own question. If you listen to the fake news media, Barr is in Trump's back pocket. That's enough for Bozos like Clay Jones to accuse him of something he had nothing to do with.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/18/2019 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Barr Chokes Justice

What did Barr have to do with N.Y.P.D incident that happened 5 years ago?

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Posted by CW13 on 07/18/2019 at 2:26 PM

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