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Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Operation Desert Stormy

No, he didn't bomb Iran because he felt that killing 150 innocent people was too high a price for Iran to pay for them shooting down a single un-manned drone. But, that would mean saying something positive about Trump and Lord knows you can't do that.

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 06/24/2019 at 11:36 AM

Re: “A Multi-Factored Look At TUSD's Enrollment Decline

"...TUSD...its too large..."


District size should be a huge asset. Apple, a trillion dollar corporation, is effective.

What's the difference? Four areas: Performance pay, budgeting systems, buildings, and leadership mechanics.

If TUSD teachers were Apple employees, they would be rewarded for the measured performance of the whole district and they would be rewarded for excellence as rated by customers.

If TUSD district headquarters employees were Apple employees, they would be able to talk to other people by simply turning their head while at their desk because they are in a room with many other people. In the course of a normal day, they would be in meetings with up to 50 other people and encounter many hundreds. By comparison, in that rabbit warren they call a TUSD headquarters, they are completely isolated by themselves and during the course of a normal day, they encounter very few people.

If TUSD principals were Apple employees, capital would be readily available with an acute sense of the accountability that goes along with it. At TUSD, capital is only available at the end of a bruising cage fight and comes with no accountability.

The beauty of size, you only need to measure 500 kids out of 46,000; 500 parents out of 92,000; or 500 teachers out of 2,500 to know exactly the blood pressure and health of Tucson Unified. That means that you can get information more frequently; as many as four times a year.

Done properly, TUSD could improve by 7 percentile points per year and be the best school district in the nation in seven years.

But, that would be a different cultural reality.

They say you can't run schools like a business. But, we do. We run them exactly the way that the worst managed businesses in America are run.

3 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by on 06/23/2019 at 2:44 PM

Re: “A Multi-Factored Look At TUSD's Enrollment Decline

Has anyone considered that the problem with this district is that it's too large? How about splitting the district up into smaller districts? It might be easier for the admin to manage if they weren't managing 50k kids!! Maybe part of the reason that Vail and Catalina Foothills are doing so well is because their districts are much, much smaller. Just a thought....

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Allie on 06/22/2019 at 1:58 PM

Re: “A Multi-Factored Look At TUSD's Enrollment Decline

One comment compares Tucson Unified with Chandler Unified. Chandler measures quality as rated by parents. Since 1998, that rating by parents has increased from 38% to a current 74%. A 19 year climb of about two painful points per year.

By comparison, the national annual measure done by Gallup collapsed from 36% in 2011 to 24% in 2016, a 47 year low. Phi Delta Kappa was so shocked it canceled its contract.

Where is TUSD? Last time I checked, their parent survey had them in the low 30s for the excellent rating.

Better than the national average but 20 years behind Chandler.

That means that over 60% of TUSD parents are open to a better offer.

It also means that TUSD will continue to be pealed like a ripe banana. Their bleeding isn't over.

4 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by on 06/21/2019 at 6:13 PM

Re: “A Multi-Factored Look At TUSD's Enrollment Decline

Very insightful article. Im a board member and TUSD parent and we LOVE our schools. No district is perfect (my job takes me to many charters and ALL districts) but things are generally good and most definitely getting better!

20 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Leila on 06/21/2019 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Going Dominican

It's been obvious for quite awhile now that under this administration ICE is definitely trying to do their damndest to inflict as much pain and suffering on those seeking asylum as they think they can get away with. We have seen a hundred examples of this over the last 12-18 months. From cramming kids ripped from their parents into dog kennels to having 10 month to 6 y/o kids defending themselves in court hearings, it's been one insult to American values after another.

16 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Kenneth Groves on 06/21/2019 at 11:58 AM

Re: “A Multi-Factored Look At TUSD's Enrollment Decline

Ugh, horribly misleading chart. It makes it look like a 50% drop when it's only 20%. No, no, no.
Why is the Tucson Weekly plastered with drug advertisements. Bleh.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 06/21/2019 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Coughing Up Classified

Okay Victor, I'll tell you what...I'll dispute all of your links to that exaggerated and/or fake news which you wasted your time believing and reposting.

And I'll even agree with your last statement somewhat. I'll agree that you're not a Russian troll.

You're an Italian troll.

12 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 06/21/2019 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Going Dominican

Yet another incredibly stupid (non-) "joke" based in pathetic ignorance that makes no sense at all.

So what's the gag here? That the diabolical ICE is choosing the worst possible place to send the detainees? And that all of a sudden the DR qualifies for that moniker just because a couple of white tourists and a retired major league baseball star died (or almost died) there? Ridiculous.

Yes, the DR is a violent place, but the truth is that the home countries the detainees fled--Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador--are even more violent and dangerous, and THAT'S THE F&#%ING POINT. They came here seeking asylum from that violence! (Violence that was a direct result of U.S. foreign policy, but hey, never mind that bit.)

What the diabolical U.S. government actually does is send them back to their own countries where their lives were already under direct threat, which for a lot of people is a de facto death sentence.

This is just another really STOOPID cartoon from a guy who doesn't really understand politics anywhere near as well as he thinks he does, and therefore draws a lot of really stoopid cartoons.

2 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by skinnyman on 06/21/2019 at 10:15 AM

Re: “A Multi-Factored Look At TUSD's Enrollment Decline

David lists a number of reasons why parents have chosen other options for their children. However, he ignores a central issue. If TUSD offered a quality, SAFE, learning enviornment, parents would not be exiting, en masse, to other options. Let's remember that these other options require parental transportation and more parental time and effort. Why take on the burden of driving your child to school, if you didnt desperately want out of TUSD?

7 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Ralph Kayser on 06/21/2019 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Coughing Up Classified

The Russians did try to influence our elections. The Democrats and Hillary paid them for false info and Obama admin spied on them. You would know that if you had read any of the links I posted. Instead we go to insults, name calling and basic childish behavior. But you did not dispute one of them.

And by the way I am Italian. far from a Russian troll.

2 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Victor Fazian on 06/21/2019 at 9:35 AM

Re: “A Multi-Factored Look At TUSD's Enrollment Decline

This article really excuses a lot of the bad management in the district. Read the performance audit done by the Arizona Auditor General for TUSD. It reports overcompensating and overstaffing admin and terrible management throughout the district in many ways. It operates far too many schools way below capacity, which dilutes the dollars that go to classrooms. The school operates twice as many schools as Chandler district does yet has slightly less students. (Note: Chandler has very similar statistics like revenue per student and other stats. Because Chandler operates more efficiently, it can pay its teachers 10% more than Tucson.) The competition from charters and neighboring districts wouldn't have such a negative impact on Tucson's enrollment if Tucson had taken steps to compete more effectively and keep students. Like many districts, TUSD was arrogant enough to think their competitive advantage of being the closest school and most convenient for parents would keep students coming. Wrong. They need to step up their game! They need to close schools and put more money in the classrooms instead of in admin and half-vacant buildings.

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Brenda Nickle Kinsey on 06/21/2019 at 9:09 AM

Re: “A Multi-Factored Look At TUSD's Enrollment Decline

We left in 1998 after experiencing too many horrible teachers (with only a few exceptions) who had obviously picked the wrong career. How often did we hear the ridiculous argument that if you paid a bad teacher more money he or she would improve? That's like marking up the price of a loaf of moldy bread because a more expensive cost will make something that's worthless miraculously improve! Many private & parochial schools have better teachers at lower costs per student. Maybe we should start by raising the standards at Colleges of Education so students from the bottom 25% of incoming classes don't choose education because of its reputation for easy degrees. Some dedicated, intelligent future teachers probably feel out-of-place surrounded by students who couldn't have gotten out of Elementary Schools of past decades.

8 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by MMP on 06/21/2019 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Coughing Up Classified

Funny, Mueller couldn't prove it. I find it hard to believe that people such as us citizen are that far out of it.

4 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 06/20/2019 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Coughing Up Classified

Is Victor Fazian a known troll account? Not everyone follows the news but it's hard to believe there lives a person so out of it not to know Russia influenced our elections.

25 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by US Citizen on 06/20/2019 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Coughing Up Classified

Ass55. Because you don't like my choice for president, that makes me deplorable. You sound like Shrill Hill. Oh yeah, I also shop in Walmart.

3 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 06/20/2019 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Coughing Up Classified

4 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Victor Fazian on 06/20/2019 at 2:39 PM

Re: “A Multi-Factored Look At TUSD's Enrollment Decline

You should poll your readers. We left in 1992 because of a poor quality of teachers, worse administrators and an abysmal district, that had began to force their political views all the way into the classroom. But I am so thankful that they did because we were forced to go out and start, promote and fund better non public schools where the parents were engaged in their child's education. Much better than the dysfunctional childcare/criminal element program that TUSD had evolved into.

16 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by Mary Poston on 06/20/2019 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Coughing Up Classified

The investigation was Not a scam, and the only people/person questioning the FBI integrity is "ah in the wh", and his suckups.

23 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by micass55 on 06/20/2019 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Coughing Up Classified

The Russian scam didn't work even though the credibility of the FBI is now in question. Wouldn't the people that caused that be the traitors?

5 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by Victor Fazian on 06/20/2019 at 12:19 PM

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