I would like TUSD's board to get a handle together on what has to be done; maybe figure out areas for each board member to report to the others - something! Lots of wasted time, effort and money due to the board's continual changing of the superintendent over the years as well as bad behavior acting as a group. We need to HELP someone get good at the job and then support them. Politics should be the least thing.
Anyone who has watched even a single Board meeting during the last 4 years knows how unprofessionally the Board was managed by the previous majority and how unbelievably bitchy and rude Kristel Foster is. If you want the main source of SNARK and discord she is IT, in spades. Also, she lies. Lying is her modus operandi, her raisin d'etre. That and loudly applauding every gaffe of HT Sanchez's to drown out the sound of the entire district groaning in agony under his incredibly inept mismanagement of the schools. I half expected her to melt like the Wicked Witch of the West when he resigned. She was so relentlessly focused on cleaning up HT's shit for him and dousing it with perfume to make it smell like roses that it made one wonder if she would be able to find a new purpose in life once she didn't have to occupy herself 24/7 with that project.
It is laughable that anyone could be predicting -- or wanting -- a future return of the prior majority after what has just happened: they brought Dr. Disaster into town, kissed Dr. Disaster's ass constantly for 3 and 1/2 years instead of SUPERVISING him, which was their JOB, and applauded while he damaged the schools. What happened in November 2016 was the natural consequence of their bad choices and they should have expected that their employee (who, strangely, always seemed to act more like their boss) would have a short shelf life after the majority changed.
Now? They should stop throwing temper tantrums and slinging mud and act like the adults this community needs for governing board members in a district serving almost 50,000 students.
You want to see dysfunction? Attend a TUSD board meeting sometime. The fact is, Hicks and Stegeman are to the main instigators of backbiting, bureaucratic games and general get-nothing-done attitude that has effected the boards ability to function as a meaningful instrument of change. I expect things will only get worse now that Sanchez has been forced out.
This is PURE partisan politics and nothing more. TUSD just took a serious loss. Unfortunately the kids in TUSD schools will have to wait out this period of conservative back-slapping for the pendulum to swing back the other way, where if we're lucky (and people actually WATCH what is really happening on the board before they form an opinion) it will smack Stegeman straight in the face.
They aren't the problem, unless you are a Grijalva supporter.
The Board will be in a far better place once Hicks and Stegeman are removed.
So who paid for the party that was thrown for Sanchez? It was attended by well over 100 people, possible even more. Where did it take place? Was it at a TUSD facility? I think we deserve to know who paid for the party. It is a non partisan ethics based question and one any competent reporter should ask in light of the numerous corruption and special treatment allegations.
" the faith-based community," with a left leaning town that believes there is a separation clause in the USC? That would be futile.
What doesn't inspire the community's confidence and doesn't help the kids in TUSD schools is keeping a leader who is damaging the institution in place just because there has been too much turnover in the Superintendent position. Lack of relevant experience is lack of relevant experience. Incompetence is incompetence. Dishonesty is dishonesty. By any valid measure -- ratio of top admin compensation to teacher compensation, # of employees outsourced, percent of classrooms filled with qualified instructors, academic achievement, percent of $$$ spent in classrooms versus admin, percent of 301 and 123 money actually making it to teachers, etc. -- the district suffered damage under Sanchez. He needed to go, and those who want to help Tucson and TUSD will acknowledge it and stop criticizing the the Board for doing its job. Whether Foster and Grijalva wanted the Board to do its job is irrelevant. Their perspective on how the district should be managed lost in the last election, and it's the electorate that calls the shots in democratically controlled public institutions.
The community should be focusing its attention on asking for a properly managed, thoroughly transparent Superintendent process and participating constructively in it. The Superintendent selection process that brought Sanchez to town was cloaked in secrecy and had the result of ramming a conspicuously underqualified candidate down the community's throat with no alternatives presented for public inspection. That was wrong and it had very bad results for the district.
If you want to help TUSD, attend the upcoming Superintendent candidate forums and ask intelligent questions (like, for example, "Do you have more than 4 months experience as an interim Superintendent in a much smaller district?")
"...which she clarified to mean raising student enrollment..."
Good luck with that one.
Illegal border crossings decrease by 40 percent in Trump's first month, report says
This is embarrassing for Tucson, and bad news (again) for Tucson kids.
I wish voters would dig in next time there is a school board election. Look at actual data - short and long term - and take a look at how other cities have turned school districts around. [Hint: Not this way.]
Voters who think that they're not impacted by this just because they don't have a kid in school should think again. Dogma-driven decisions and nasty local political in-fighting isn't the way to run anything. It doesn't inspire confidence in potential investors, the current business community, or parents who might want to move to the area.
Grandstanding and puffery isn't leadership.
Oh look, it's the same article that was originally posted in the Range on March 6 under this title, "Removing TUSD Superintendent Prioritized Over Finding Replacement."
The community's comments on this piece of "reporting" can be found in the comment stream here:
Here's one of the comments on that article, from community advocate and Board watcher Betts Putnam-Hidalgo:
"...you leave out the one thing that should instantly disqualify Sanchez for the job, and should immediately undermine every single one of his very well-known political supporters. He lies. He lied about 301 money, he lied about bonuses and pay packages, he lied about 123 money--IF you actually knew what was going on in the District AND you listened to what he said, you could see the lies, and they were plentiful."
In Wrong Again's world silly = stupid.
Heck, everything he posts = stupid.
Stupid is as stupid does.
The stupidity never stops when Wrong, Again is posting.
Disappear you fool.
Intelligent people will appreciate it.
Sara - thanks for the lineup for all the fun.
How about activities for kids? Oops, how silly of me.
We have a really amazing lineup with over 80 performers! Comedy, dancing, singing, mariachi, circus acts, Taiko drumming... It'll be a show that is all Tucson talent and lots of fun. :)
Is it your small and barely used heart?
Oh, sorry. I should have figured it wasn't your small blackened heart when you described it as beautiful and perfect.
There's no way you could actually have a heart that is beautiful and perfect...because your heart has always been infected by evil.
You stinky POS you.
Don't forget to buy your raffle ticket.
Grand prize- one beautifully small and perfect heart - barely used.
Okay, tough question. I remember seeing ads in the back pages of the Weekly that advertised adult services which did not always seem 100% legal--this was about 10-15 years ago. You know, "hot college girls" type stuff. Does TW have some sort of check-and-balance system or vetting policy to make sure that traffickers are not advertising with them?
some things you wish you didn't know.
This is what Tucson liberals are facilitating.
"Six out of every 10 women illegally immigrating into the U.S. are estimated to be victims of sexual violence, and many are reportedly taking birth control to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
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Just last fall needing an answer to a question regarding a political candidate, I said, "Let's call Martin. He will know or he will find out." And an hour after asking him, I had the accurate answer from Martin. Throughout my 40 years in local politics Martin was a mainstay; a decent gentleman, and a solid support for his wife, family, and friends. We will not soon see his like again. RIP Martin.
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