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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch

Re: “The Privatization Movement is Losing Support From Democrats and the Occasional Billionaire

John Huppenthal, Peter Sucker and Stretch are, more than likely, all the same dude. Good job assfuck. Dominate a comment thread and give many conservative fuckwits head, and this is what will happen. Assholery. Every time. SAD.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Why are conservatives major Douchebags? on 07/15/2019 at 2:00 PM

Re: “The Privatization Movement is Losing Support From Democrats and the Occasional Billionaire

The public education monopoly exposed for what it is.

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Posted by Pete S on 07/15/2019 at 11:52 AM

Re: “A Title IX Pep Assembly

Before my time, back in the real old days, in the 20's, in OH, women played BB in high school. Why they stopped, I know not.

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Posted by DGraham on 07/15/2019 at 9:38 AM

Re: “A Title IX Pep Assembly

"Please let the young women do a competent job ..."

I say the same prayer about you whenever I read your column.

For the record, my prayer has never been answered ...

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Posted by Danehick Sux on 07/15/2019 at 9:08 AM

Re: “The Privatization Movement is Losing Support From Democrats and the Occasional Billionaire

Washington Post Headline:

" West Virginia teachers union says it will sue over charter school bill"

Arizona ranks first in the nation in charter school choice. West Virginia, dead last. Zero charters.

The West Virginia teachers union is suing over a bill allowing three charter schools.

Compare: Arizona spends $8,000 per student. West Virginia, $15,000 (NEA rankings and estimates)

Compare Arizona and West Virginia 8th grade math scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress..

First by education of parents and then by demographic:

Parents Arizona West Virginia
Did not finish high school 265 259
Graduated high school 269 262
Some education after high school 285 274
Graduated college 296 282

Arizona ranges from 60% of a school year ahead of West Virginia to 150% ahead.

Now by demographic:

Demographic Arizona West Virginia
White 296 274
Black 272 254
Hispanic 269 NA
Asian/Pacific Islander 316 NA

Arizona is two academic years ahead of West Virginia in each demographic of Whites and Blacks.

Allowing public education at charter and private schools is the easiest way to improve outcomes for student. Also saves money.

Arizona's $8,000 per student vs West Virginia at $15,000 is a huge problem. Money didn't improve results for West Virginia, it permanently trapped them at a low level of performance. This is a horrendous defeat for children in West Virginia.

A catastrophic defeat considering the terrible economic damage from taxing to no good end. Since 2000, West Virginia added 31,000 jobs. Arizona? Over 700,000 jobs.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 07/15/2019 at 4:58 AM

Re: “Gentlemen Afterdark Land On Stranger Things Soundtrack

What is Rob doing today? I hoped Alice Cooper would have launched them to fame. Coulda shoulda woulda.

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Posted by Alice In Chains? on 07/11/2019 at 5:25 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Tucson City Council Approves Preliminary Agreement Between Tucson and Pascua Yaqui on Casino Development

No the impact to neighborhoods traffic the Indians that live in the tribal designated neighborhood can sell the tribal land for profit? Licencing Tucson police as special tribal police for just these few square blocks is BS. Autonomous means exactually that, not a blending of governmental agencies when the Tribes wont allow audits of books or list investors. The paltry sum of 2% across the board wont even cover the cost of the road and traffic impact. Not to mention gentrification of the surrounding neighborhoods prostitution drugs robberies. If they run homeless alcoholics out of the Casino where do they flush to. I am against it but like the mobster Mayer Lansky is quoted " Gambling Drugs Prostitution soon the government will get into it all the profit is to high" and now in Tucson it is all legal ya just need to pay to play

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Posted by NO gaming in Tucson on 07/10/2019 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Congratulations, U.S. Women's Soccer Team. Thank You, Title IX

Reagan did veto the bill and many thought he had good reason to. He was worried about an over expansion of government in private and personal affairs. On that issue, to this day, he remains correct.

"The President said Congress ''has sent me a bill that would vastly and unjustifiably expand the power of the Federal Government over the decisions and affairs of private organizations, such as churches and synagogues, farms, businesses, and state and local governments,'' adding, ''In the process, it would place at risk such cherished values as religious liberty.'' New York Times March 17, 1988

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Posted by Chatterbot on 07/10/2019 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Congratulations, U.S. Women's Soccer Team. Thank You, Title IX

Gary, did you not read the paragraph which began "That was 1984. In 1988...)? Congress voted to restore Title X, Reagan vetoed the legislation and Congress overrode his veto. Reagan's veto does not seem like "getting it done", quite the opposite.

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Posted by Wileybud on 07/09/2019 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Congratulations, U.S. Women's Soccer Team. Thank You, Title IX

Thank you Nixon and Reagan. They pushed to get it done.

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Posted by Gary Thomes on 07/09/2019 at 5:00 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Tucson City Council Approves Preliminary Agreement Between Tucson and Pascua Yaqui on Casino Development

""This agreement will provide a structure for the City and the Tribe to operate under if the federal government takes approximately 15 acres into trust [sic] for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe," the statement reads. "...Because these lands are located in Tucson, we think it is important that the City and the Tribe agree on how services and economic development will be handled if the lands are taken into trust. This Intergovernmental Agreement does just thatit lays out the roles and responsibilities of the City and the Tribe and establishes an Oversite Group that can help resolve areas of concern if they develop."

Grant and I-10??? I only wish ANY politician worked this hard to open an locally owned business in Pima County.

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Posted by I Am Not PC on 07/09/2019 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Supervisors' Approval Allows Eastside Bike Ranch To Get Into Gear

For those of you that think you can show up at a Board meeting and change the mind of a PC Sup the day of the vote,...please grow up and think that through. Everyone has preconceived ideas and plans that are based on numerous amounts of input, but to have a taxpayer stand at the podium and whine...nio,no,no will probably create a yes vote. Timing meant nothing. And for those that cared maybe they should have stayed in town for the vote. The Sups did.

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Posted by I Am Not PC on 07/09/2019 at 8:46 AM

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

Homes neighborhoods and business blight. 50 yr old homes building and standards changed so does investment in diminishing property values. Retirements employment possibilities are all public employees in Tucson. Who wants to move to a city thats blighting that is trying desperately to maintain a face of 40 years ago. Rigging the election ward process to winning wards not popular vote was a vote in itself for despair

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Posted by Robert Ruckman 1 on 07/09/2019 at 3:47 AM

Re: “Supervisors' Approval Allows Eastside Bike Ranch To Get Into Gear

I do not have enough information personally one way or another to have a strong option. What I do object to is the scheduling of a vote on a holiday week on an issue that has strong local resident views. This is a disservice to the community which the board of supervisors is meant to be working for. Something of this importance to the local residents should NEVER be determined around a holiday when they know turn out will be light. Maybe the county officials much like our city leadership wonders why they have to answer peoples questions.

Can someone from the board please comment on the suspicious timing? And you wonder why there is a growing distrust by the general population in our elected (and appointed) officials in County Government.

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Posted by Carl on 07/08/2019 at 5:17 PM

Re: “XOXO: Where to Rock This Weekend, July 5 to 7

Good to know what concerts were playing last weekend.
How about this week?

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 07/08/2019 at 12:47 PM

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

I have to wonder if David Safier has talked to any parents who pulled their kids out of TUSD. Thirty years ago a friend's mother did because forced busing prevented her daughter from going to the school in sight of her back door. All the other siblings had attended that neighborhood school. Twenty years ago (among parents I know) it was ALWAYS because the horrible education made TUSD a waste of time. By age 15 a reasonably intelligent kid could test into Pima College & at least earn some credits. Counselors didn't suggest this option. It took a lot of research, phone calls, & footwork to find out the benefits of skipping a few wasteful years in TUSD to start earning college credits.

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Posted by MMP on 07/08/2019 at 10:02 AM

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

Simple bslap, join the party of failure and hatred, become a democrat. TUSD destroyed itself. At least students were lucky enough to have a way out. Charters succeed because SOME public schools are just that bad.

12 likes, 37 dislikes
Posted by Frank on 07/08/2019 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Take Caution When Using Geraniums in Your Desert Pots

I used to live in Tucson - and miss it very much.

Posted by mmc1 mcintosh on 07/08/2019 at 8:58 AM

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

I always wonder when I see a problem: how can I blame it on racist white people?

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Posted by bslap on 07/08/2019 at 6:01 AM

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

Excellent opinion piece. Right on the mark, (speaking as a retired TUSD educator). Republican privatization efforts have destroyed public education. Republican greed and white flight are ultimately to blame.

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Posted by Carlos Encinas on 07/08/2019 at 5:10 AM

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