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Re: “Editor’s Note

No, TUSD is not unique. There are other public school districts locally and nationally that have some of the same problems:

Sunnyside
http://tucson.com/news/opinion/column/gassen/sarah-garrecht-gassen-getting-paid-to-go-away-sunnyside-style/article_f935df59-f1ce-5d54-907a-c1668cc318d0.html

Newark
https://www.amazon.com/Prize-Whos-Charge-Americas-Schools/dp/0547840055/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493405853&sr=8-2&keywords=the+prize

It remains to be seen how well Amphi will do with Jaeger at the helm, but many who know TUSD did not find the fact that he and another TUSD veteran (Abel Morado) were finalists for the same superintendent job at Amphi confidence inspiring:

http://tucson.com/news/local/education/two-tucson-unified-school-district-administrators-finalists-to-be-amphitheater/article_98318d99-f7ea-512f-86c5-04d3df85d86e.html
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/amphi-picks-todd-jaeger-tusd-s-general-counsel-to-lead/article_13cc5500-01c3-5a36-a67b-6426ae830f5f.html

There are some high functioning public school districts. Flowing Wells is often mentioned as one. No one doubts that public districts can, in some circumstances, provide good services. But not all of them do, and reforming troubled school districts is not something anyone locally or nationally has found a good way to do. Interventions of various kinds are attempted, and these institutions tend to limp along, many times getting worse rather than better under state control or mayoral oversight.

Applying tax dollars in support of students' enrollment in private schools would seem to many of us to be a much better investment in the future of the students in question and in the future of the communities where these students will work and live than applying those same tax dollars in more than one of our local public school districts. Why should the state subsidize the cost of students attending troubled, low functioning schools that don't meet their academic needs, but not high functioning schools where students' needs will be better met? That's a question voucher opponents should take time to answer, honestly considering the state of some of the schools in the public district system. I've yet to see a voucher opponent successfully doing it.

Care to give it a try, "False Equivalence, Again"?

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Posted by TUSD is not unique. Vouchers solve real problems. on 04/28/2017 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

I've enjoyed the Weekly during your tenure, Mari, and I'll be sorry to see you go. The YWCA is doing great things and I'm positive you'll be a strong force for good with that organization. Buenos suertes!

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Posted by Wizard on 04/28/2017 at 9:52 AM

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Best wishes - the YWCA is lucky to get you!

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 04/28/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Alisha J:

Take your meds before making stupid online commentary.

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Posted by Rat T strikes again under yet another alias. on 04/28/2017 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Maria,

Wow, we have known each other for almost 9 years this coming fall when you covered students leaders at the UoA that published in the fall of 2008. Indeed so much has happened in between from going forward as a country to the current situation we are in America....I am happy to see you taking a big step to fight for all of us so our government can work for us instead against us especially when it comes to immigration issues. We are a nation of immigrants and those of us that came as late immigrants do contribute for the success of this nation every single day although we are less appreciated these days:(

Thank You!

Zeke Gebrekidane

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Posted by Zeke Gebrekidane on 04/28/2017 at 7:19 AM

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