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Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Why doesn't someone propose using the 3 money losing Pre-Ks in TUSD. They are underutilized, over funded, and mismanaged. The disgraced former director had to move to the Patagonia Superintendent job to avoid firing. TUSD wants more enrollment so use their Pre-Ks as a pipeline. Taxpayers are already paying anyway..,,

Posted by Disgusted TUSD Taxpayer on 10/18/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Results-Based Funding: The Transition From Test Scores To School Grades

bslap, is funding the issue? I would note that TUSD high schools spend about $300 more per pupil on instruction than CFSD16, which receives no deseg funds.

On David's article, I'll just state the obvious. If schools like Basis have their students performing at their potential on standardized test, they are at their performance ceiling, and will not be able to show year over year improvement. It seems unfair to give them "Bs" and "Cs" under those circumstances.

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Posted by Nathan K on 10/18/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Danehy

The interesting thing is that the bump stock made his aim erratic, he would have been able to kill a lot more people with far more precision had he not used the bump stock, and used actual hunting ammunition rather than military full metal jacket ammo. We should be thankful that those poor decisions in his planning reduced the number of casualties. Keep in mind that he shot over 500 people and the vast majority of them survived their injuries, thank God!

Even the military, who issues fully automatic weapons to our soldiers, recommends that fully automatic fire not be used except in certain circumstances...

Bump stocks are crap, I have no desire to own one, but people have the right to own one if they wish and can use it responsibly.
It is awful, but we are better off with United States citizens being able to keep and bear arms, than we would be under a tyranny. Think of how many hundreds of millions of people have died over the past century because they lived in countries which did not recognize the right to keep and bear arms, communism alone has killed over 100 million people.

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Posted by Michael Hecht on 10/18/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Is the Strong Start Tucson Initiative a Good Idea?

Sorry but I now see the criteria used used to hire the Police Chief, by the Mayor and Council. The fewer decisions they make, the safer we all are. I will vote NO on 204.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/18/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Is the Strong Start Tucson Initiative a Good Idea?

"Should we really trust all those unknowns to a seven member committee?"

David,
Here's one of the reasons I changed my mind and will vote yes on 204:
Many of the people with whom I volunteer are retired teachers or are still teaching. They are the kinds of people that will be appointed by mayor and council to the commission. My conversations with them showed me that teachers are obsessed (I don't think that's too strong of a word) with quality education.
I trust them to come up with a plan that benefits children.
Also: the commission's meetings will be public, must follow open meeting laws, and will be open to public input.
A.M. Kennedy

Posted by A.M. Kennedy on 10/18/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Results-Based Funding: The Transition From Test Scores To School Grades

So long as most of the poor schools are composed of immigrants (legal and illegal) and their children there will be little or no appetite for funding them on par with children of American citizens.

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Posted by bslap on 10/18/2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Let's Listen To That Awesome New Calexico Single

And is Tucson a concert date?!

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Posted by Wil Schuiteman on 10/18/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “The Skinny

To call Mary Matiella an accountant for the Federal Government does her a huge disservice. If you go to her Wikipedia page you will see that the person you call a Federal Government Accountant oversaw a $4 billion annual budget for the National Forest Service as our NFS Chief Financial Officer. She then was the Assistant Secretary of the Army and retired from that position with the civilian equivalent of a 4 star general. A Tucsonan from the age of 6 weeks I think you need to give credit where credit is due.
Meet Mary and you will see she is the one we need to represent CD2

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Posted by Jane Evans on 10/17/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

RE the coaching Putnam-Hidalgo received above on how public institutions can have their Transparency cake and eat it too:

It would be a shame if we had additional TUSD converts to Realpolitik and machine-style pragmatism in the coming months.

The neglect of public standards and moral compromises made to forward partisan agendas undermine the strength of public institutions and make them extremely vulnerable to external critique. Within the last few years, the conspicuous process and transparency rot associated with some of our larger local public institutions has persuaded several previously committed supporters of public education that TUSD is a lost cause and choice policy is necessary.

Can advocacy groups that promote the ongoing validity of the public district system be strong enough to call for consistency in public process, even when it means asking for it from allies? Or will they be co-opted by exceptions made for friends in the network and the overall opacity that supports partisan agendas getting rooted in public institutions?

(FYI, Safier: a process of administrative approval (not Board approval) for new curricular materials may empower individual teachers and schools, but process in public institutions is supposed to PROTECT CITIZENS FROM ABUSE, not empower individual teachers and schools. If you object to your kid undergoing what you would consider Freedom Institute brainwashing in a high school social studies course, you have to respect your conservative neighbors right not to have their child taught that Republicans hate Latinos. It cuts both ways (or, more properly, many ways) in public institutions in a pluralistic society. Public review and comment processes protect public trust in public institutions by making sure instructional materials are balanced and fair and give accurate (not tendentiously skewed) information about what various political groups believe and promote as public policy.)

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Posted by Partisan curricula break down public trust in public ed. on 10/17/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

But, if they did graduate as political idiots, the Democrats could hold onto their votes. Works in Chicago, it can work here.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/17/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Take Full Advantage of Being a Few Hours Away from These Towns in Sonora

A positive report please about the 1 and 2 roads and pictures of the roads that are being paved that go into Sasabe , Sonora , and the positive effect on Sasabe , Sonora. And the border station.

Posted by Gene Sky on 10/17/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

Good for the Kochs! Now somebody should fund a revival of Civics classes so our students aren't political idiots when they graduate.

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Posted by Was a Teacher on 10/17/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

Any new curricular adoption should be approved by the board of a democratically controlled district in a public process, with opportunity for public review of curricular materials and public feedback. If this process is not used, the public is not being given the opportunity to understand what is being taught in a "public" institution, and you cannot advertise "transparency" as a virtue that makes public school districts superior to other forms of education (charters, privates).

Yes, it has become pro-forma in TUSD and perhaps in other districts that there are many non-transparent ways of making decisions which should be made at the Board level: for example, by embedding them in district administrations or in Site Council meetings which almost no one other than Site Council members ever attend, and which get little or no coverage from the local media. These are practices that need reform, and not only in instances where the Koch brothers have used them (just as some assert that the creators of MAS used them) to slip politically tendentious classes into the high school curriculum.

David Safier will always turn any concern with process around to try to find a way of saying a process can only be declared wrong when it is used to forward the cause of his political opponents. In this, HE is wrong. And the saddest thing about his dishonest and irresponsible method of argument is that in being selective about defending proper process and transparency, he and others like him utterly wash away the ground on which we should all be standing together as citizens when we object to interest groups manipulating our public institutions.

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Posted by Looking for Consistency in Process & Transparency on 10/17/2017 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Board of Supes Set To Discuss Christy Proposal for Countywide Sales Tax for Roads

As long as it also supports other modes of transportation. Car-scaled infrastructure is too expensive to maintain in the long run.

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Posted by bslap on 10/17/2017 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

Betts, my understanding is, the course was approved, not by the board but by the office of the assistant superintendent in charge of curriculum. Based on my experience as a high school teacher, that's not surprising. Teachers often recommend new courses they want to teach. If they're approved by the school's curriculum director and principal, they're sent to the district administration for approval, which is generally granted. That process makes sense to me, both for efficiency and for empowering individual teachers and schools. I don't know the process that went into approving the course at the other three local districts.

I don't think the problem is with the process, or with TUSD and the other districts. The problem is, the system was gamed by the folks at the Freedom Center. They exploited a normal trait in school districts to slip a course they created into high schools. Now it's time for the boards to take a hard look at the courses and decide if they belong in their district curriculum.

I would rather have something like this happen, then correct it, than tighten up the procedure of approving new courses and take power and authority away from the individual schools by making them jump through more administrative hoops to gain course approval. If the procedure is tightened up, it should be in a limited way -- say, if there are red flags about the suggested new course originating outside of the district, then it should be looked at more carefully and the board should be involved.

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Posted by David Safier on 10/17/2017 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Board of Supes Set To Discuss Christy Proposal for Countywide Sales Tax for Roads

Maybe we should just add a special sales tax to automobile / truck & other vehicles that use our roads. While we are at it make it high enough to finance PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION that might actually get a few of the single occupant gas guzzlers off the road.

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Posted by Adif4entMIND on 10/17/2017 at 6:44 AM

Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

Mr. Obama brought us out of the great recession caused by the previous administration which got us into expensive military actions in the Middle East. Why do you keep saying he did nothing. Don't like the regulations passed to make your banking a little safer? Poor corporations and CEOs.

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Posted by Caroline Anderson on 10/16/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Board of Supes Set To Discuss Christy Proposal for Countywide Sales Tax for Roads

YES!

Great job Steve Christy ... put part of the cost on the shoulders of EVERYONE who uses the roads (i.e., snowbirds, gem show visitors and tens of thousands of other short term tourists) -- and not entirely on the backs of property owners.

And while we are at it, local gov't should continue to roll back property taxes to MORE sales tax initiatives (like Chuckleberry would like to initiate).

When will all the leadership of Tucson going to realize that we have a huge, temporary population that comes here and uses our resources WITHOUT PAYING FOR THEM?

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Posted by Danehick Sux on 10/16/2017 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Board of Supes Set To Discuss Christy Proposal for Countywide Sales Tax for Roads

"The RTA has the confidence of the entire community." Uh, no it doesn't. The actual ballot proposition was riddled with fraud, including the outcome of the proposition. Many complained that it ignored real problems in an effort to create bus pullouts and unnecessary window dressing rather than deal with tough issues like crosstown inner loop road systems and Houghton north to Snyder Road and connecting that with Sunrise to the west.

But then wasn't the necessary land owned by car dealers? Don't tax me to play your games. Over taxed enough, and besides, more stop lights simply add to the delays and congestion.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/16/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

I have searched for that and would also like to read it. I thought it should have been public record but I have not been able to find it anywhere.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/16/2017 at 12:08 PM

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