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Re: “Hell Yes on Prop 463!

Smoke and mirrors: The bond money will not cover the anticipated $1.5 million in increased maintenance costs in just the first year, and the ten year plan actually only covers the first five years, after which another bond election will be necessary.

The County Administrator has been touting that there will be no increase in property taxes with this bond measure. That is not true. First, taxes are currently scheduled to go down as existing bonds are paid off. That wont happen and the secondary property tax rate will remain the same. But: projected growth in the secondary property tax base increased assessments will raise the rate from between 3.21 percent and 4.68 percent yearly (see Section 5.2). So: no tax increase but you pay higher taxes. Smoke and mirrors.

Section 4.2.1 of the ordinance states the overall goal for road repairs is to fully repair and preserve all 1891 miles of paved County maintained roadways within ten yearsrepairing the worst of these roads within five yearsApproximately 70 percent of the road miles are in failed or poor condition.

Section 4.2.4 states, however, that by implementing the County Road Repair Plan in the first five years, it is anticipated that the Countys share of bond proceeds will be sufficient to repair or reconstruct 560 miles of the worst roads.

Do the math: 70 percent of 1891 miles is 1324 miles, and 560 miles is just 42 percent of that, less than half, of the roads in failed or poor conditions. And the math, along with common sense, says that another bond election in five years of equal money still wont get the job done.

Posted by AVL on 09/20/2018 at 6:22 AM

Re: “Arizona Republicans Are All In For "Education Reform." Charter School Reform? Not So Much.

You sound like a charter school administrator/owner.

The solution is easy: just report all salaries, profits, real estate deals, capital improvements, operating costs just like public schools must do every year. Charters receive $6,748 per student (more than public schools get) plus facilities' support. We taxpayers are required to pay taxes, so all who receive taxpayer money should be required to report completely and honestly. Currently they do not, and therefore all of the good are mixed with any of the bad no matter how effective or ineffective, sincere or duplicitous an owner/operator may be. All who take tax money to spend it however they want while refusing to open the books are suspect to taxpayers like me. This is not politicizing; it is common sense procedural accountability and fiscal fairness.

Open the books, or get your funding elsewhere.

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Posted by Constant Voter on 09/19/2018 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Freedom Center-Affiliated Authors Refuse to Put Their Phil. 101 Textbook Online For TUSD Review

Here are the facts about the Freedom Center: https://kochsoffcampus.files.wordpress.com….
Here is another fact. Kochs Off Campus! has a long list of reviews of the first printing of this pathetic textbook which are soon to be added to the two already published.
https://kochsoffcampus.files.wordpress.com…
https://thebaffler.com/latest/the-handmaid…

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Posted by anahata on 09/19/2018 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Freedom Center-Affiliated Authors Refuse to Put Their Phil. 101 Textbook Online For TUSD Review

You cant tell fact from fiction unless there is a name attached? Fact is fact because its documentable, not because theres a name attached to it. A lot of things that DO have names attached are misleading or are outright lies. You dont have to watch Southern Arizona politics long at all to figure THAT out.

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Posted by A. Nonymous on 09/19/2018 at 3:39 PM

Re: “What is the Cost of Free Speech?

@Spree Feach

Just a few weeks ago TW had a guest opinion article from a libertarian columnist. Try harder next time.
tucsonweekly.com/tucson/columnist-clapback/Content?oid=19729378

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Posted by chhopson on 09/19/2018 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Mayochup On a Cheeseburger?

Haha, we moved to AZ from Utah and it's been around for decades in Utah but it's called fry sauce and, of course, it's used on fries instead of ketchup.

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Posted by db2dba on 09/19/2018 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Pac-12 Power Rankings: Bryce Love and the Stanford Cardinal Lead the Way

It's been fixed. Thanks for catching that.

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Posted by Christopher Boan on 09/19/2018 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Freedom Center-Affiliated Authors Refuse to Put Their Phil. 101 Textbook Online For TUSD Review

Personally, I give no credence to comments by authors who don't have the courage to put their name on their comments. I think the Tucson Weekly should only accept comments from people with verifiable names.

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Posted by Tori Woodard on 09/19/2018 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: The #SoWhat Movement

Funny little cartoon. The irony is that liberal politicians and media/hollywood actors have molested and manipulated more women than Hillary Clinton. But instead the cartoonist attacks white Republicans, the majority of whom wear eyeglasses and don't trim their eyebrows. Is Clay Jones a woman?

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Posted by Clintons Lie on 09/19/2018 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Freedom Center-Affiliated Authors Refuse to Put Their Phil. 101 Textbook Online For TUSD Review

Jacob, it only makes sense that you support TUSD. All we had to do was look at your previous posts.

"Chavez and Dolores Huerta are in a new documentary TATANKA screening Wed, April 16, 6pm at the AZ Intl. Film Festival downtown Tucson. The film is about the idealism of the Sixties clashing with the realities of the present day--come check it out! http://www.tatankamovie.com."

Parent/activist?

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Posted by Get Your Kids Out Of TUSD on 09/19/2018 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Freedom Center-Affiliated Authors Refuse to Put Their Phil. 101 Textbook Online For TUSD Review

David Safier: did you use one of your blogs to call attention to the fact that the MAS curriculum had not been approved in a proper public process prior to being taught in the districts classrooms? Did you call for a copy of that curriculum to be made available for public review?

Yet you write, "why are the authors [of Ethics, Economy and Entrepreneurship] worried about the public reading the book and critiquing its contents? Second, why should a public school district emphasis on the word 'public' consider using a course whose creators refuse to allow the public to take a close look at their work?"

Such great questions. So if you applied them to the parallel situation of MAS at any point during your career as a blogger, please do provide the links so we can review your uniform advocacy in support of TRANSPARENCY.

(Doesn't this blog actually fall under the rubric of use any weapon that falls to hand to block the spread of Libertarianism not SUPPORT TRANSPARENCY!? So why not BE HONEST and portray it for what it really is?

Just asking.)

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Posted by Answer my questions, David, and I might answer yours. on 09/19/2018 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Freedom Center-Affiliated Authors Refuse to Put Their Phil. 101 Textbook Online For TUSD Review

The information that the Phil 101 course follows the textbook closely comes from previous discussions in Safiers blog and in these comment streams. That is the way the course was described: no curricular plan is needed because the textbook is the course. That was not the case with MAS. There was a list of books that could be used at the discretion of individual teachers and it sounded like there were themes or curricular goals for each unit, but when the state responded to complaints it received by requesting a curriculum plan with scope and sequence to review, no such material was provided. All they had to look at were bits and pieces that families whose students had taken the course (and in one case, a teacher) had submitted to them together with complaints. (That information about MAS comes from testimony in the most recent trial. If you read the transcripts you will find it.) The judgment in the trial was a judgment relating to the way Horne and the legislature had acted in handling complaints about the curriculum. It was not a judgment that the curriculum was sound, nor was it a judgment that TUSD had handled its public process / transparency issues surrounding the curriculum properly during the period leading up to the curriculum beginning to run in the districts classrooms.

True, in the case of Phil 101 you would need to read the textbook and sit in on the course to verify that what was asserted was in fact the case. So someone should do that in one of the other districts where the course is running, if governance is proposing to approve running the course in TUSD.

The point I am making here is that some people are not really promoting the uniform application of transparency. They use transparency as a weapon when it serves their political purposes. Some of the people involved in the outrage over Phil 101 were involved in the MAS controversies and dispensed no requests for the public to be allowed to review that curriculum and no outrage in that context over the MAS communitys failure to pony up a scope and sequence to the state. That is a fact that is independent of any single persons positive or negative experiences of TUSD, and it is valid to draw attention to it. And no, the district does not get points for using correct process only when it serves the partisan political aims of some to do so. When it begins using proper process uniformly and has a demonstrated track record of some duration (longer than one school year, for example) of finding it possible to prevent unapproved, unreviewed, politicized pseudo-curricula from slipping into its classrooms, then you can complain about observations like those Ive made here. In the meantime, as I wrote above, TUSDs recurring problems are what they are.

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Posted by TUSD’s recurring problems are what they are. on 09/19/2018 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Freedom Center-Affiliated Authors Refuse to Put Their Phil. 101 Textbook Online For TUSD Review

Dear "Conditions vary": Are you also "TUSDs recurring problems" who made two comments earlier? Just asking.

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Posted by David Safier on 09/19/2018 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Freedom Center-Affiliated Authors Refuse to Put Their Phil. 101 Textbook Online For TUSD Review

Good for you. And which TUSD school would that be? Warren? Utterback?

There are very different levels of quality delivered in different TUSD schools. Do you know what parents in low SES, high minority neighborhoods are getting from TUSD? Does your vote of confidence in TUSD imply an endorsement of what goes on in THEIR schools?

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Posted by Conditions vary & that is part of the problem. on 09/19/2018 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Freedom Center-Affiliated Authors Refuse to Put Their Phil. 101 Textbook Online For TUSD Review

I have my child in TUSD. It has been a great experience for him, and I have full confidence in the teachers and administrators that I've come in contact with.

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Posted by jbricca on 09/19/2018 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Freedom Center-Affiliated Authors Refuse to Put Their Phil. 101 Textbook Online For TUSD Review

I don't know if such a list is available anymore (it was back when this was relevant--) but the program was shut down and later vindicated as you no doubt know. My point, though, was that your insistence at turning everything into a battering ram for TUSD--even when they are trying to do the RIGHT thing--is more an indication of your own PTSD from your experiences there than an indication of their continued malfeasance. I'm not saying that there are no problems there, I'm just saying its a lot more effective to point a spotlight on them when they are actually erring, than to move the spotlight from where it needs to be right now--on authors of a textbook who also are designers of the course and curriculum--who will not make it available to the public to review. And where does your information come from that the course follows the textbook closely? How would you even know--have you been down to 1010 to review it and have you either sat in or taught the course?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/19/2018 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Arizona Republicans Are All In For "Education Reform." Charter School Reform? Not So Much.

The states failure to provide appropriate legislative structure for the charter sector does not make every charter operator unethical and dishonest. Some charters are non-profit and are allocating funds appropriately and providing good education. When it comes to public district schools, the existence of disaster-districts like TUSD does not make all public district schools and systems bad. On both sides of the controversy, its important to direct the criticism to the target where it belongs and not to make category-villefying mistakes that lump good actors in with bad. But partisans on both sides want the public to do exactly that: overgeneralize in a way that serves their networks and self-interested policy agendas.

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Posted by Time’s up for politicized agendas on 09/19/2018 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Arizona Republicans Are All In For "Education Reform." Charter School Reform? Not So Much.

As long as charter school administrative costs (i.e., salaries) and profits out the door are allowed and/or encouraged to NEVER be reported on a public spreadsheet, I will continue to regard them as dishonest, unethical operations mugging all Arizona taxpayers for money that we pay out and that NEVER sees the light of lawful overview.

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Posted by Constant Voter on 09/19/2018 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Freedom Center-Affiliated Authors Refuse to Put Their Phil. 101 Textbook Online For TUSD Review

And yet with Phil 101, Betts Putnam Hidalgo, the single textbook, of which copies of earlier editions are available, gives the public a better sense of what the actual program of instruction was in a course that follows that text closely than does a list of potential MAS texts that may or may not have been taught in any given teachers individual version of a loosely structured course, missing the curricular structure in which those texts were embedded. Which is not to say that we (the public) have ever been given a complete MAS book list. Is such a list available? Could we have it please?

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Posted by TUSD’s recurring problems are what they are. on 09/19/2018 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Pac-12 Power Rankings: Bryce Love and the Stanford Cardinal Lead the Way

Hmmm... Dude???

"We'll know for sure whether the Ducks early-season success is a fluke or not come Saturday, when they'll host the Huskies in the heart of the Willamette Valley."

Ducks are playing Stanford - ESPN Gameday - nationally televised by ABC in prime time slot. Do you cover Pac-12 college football???

Posted by Matt C on 09/18/2018 at 10:12 PM

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