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Re: “Who’s Watching Your Web Trail?

The 51st State is that of denial. Looks like they have a new citizen.

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Posted by One Child Got Left on 04/07/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Who’s Watching Your Web Trail?

Oh please, what did 59 missles, many of which missed their targets, that cost us billions of dollars accomplish? What failure was cleaned up?

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Posted by Palisades on 04/07/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Who’s Watching Your Web Trail?

This one:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/in-january-susan-rice-assured-npr-the-obama-admin-removed-chemical-weapons-from-syria/article/2007548

Susan Rice lied again.

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Posted by No child gets left on 04/07/2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Who’s Watching Your Web Trail?

That's just it they couldn't be reported four months ago because they were lies. So now we are giving away freedoms? Cynicism is overwhelming you. And you passed on the Kennedy truth. Pick and choose, but defend your position at any price. Why can't we all just be Americans?

By the way Trump just cleaned up another Obama failure in Syria.

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Posted by One Child got left on 04/06/2017 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Who’s Watching Your Web Trail?

"New jobs number up
New Unemployment Claims Down
Market at record levels
Business expanding hires
Income up
Consumer confidence at levels not seen since the 90s
"

If these very same statistics had been reported four months ago under our last president we'd see the same denial coming out of right wingers that these are phony or distorted numbers that they perpetuated for years during the economic growth that occurred under obama's years. there really is no way to win with certain people.

either way, its completely irrelevant. throwing away our freedoms is not a justifiable means to improve the economy.

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Posted by Palisades on 04/06/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Who’s Watching Your Web Trail?

Google's been doing this forever. Why is it ok for them? Why do they get the competitive advantage?

My guess is Nintzel is too ignorant to even know this or just so filled with hate he can't understand.

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Posted by What, Again on 04/06/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Who’s Watching Your Web Trail?

New jobs number up
New Unemployment Claims Down
Market at record levels
Business expanding hires
Income up
Consumer confidence at levels not seen since the 90s

Yeah I guess you are right, they don't know how to handle an economy.

By the way Ted Kennedy sponsored "No Child Left Behind."

Democrat Sen. Edward Kennedy co-sponsored the No Child Left Behind legislation, which passed in January 2002 with overwhelming bipartisan support. Almost immediately after the law was enacted, educators, families, and lawmakers across the country experienced an extreme case of buyers remorse.-HuffPo

And look at that, I was able to respond without any childish name calling.

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Posted by One Child Got Left on 04/06/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Who’s Watching Your Web Trail?

Jeff Flake, the Nazi senator from Arizona introduced the bill and it went thru congress like it was their ticket to heaven and the orange douche bag in the oval office signed it like his kids lives depended on it. Why the rush, you say. Well, this is the Repubtards backdoor way of giving every conceivable government agency the ability to observe and create a dossier of anybody in this country that they want to target or imprison or torture. Since they can't wiretap us willy-nilly this is the perfect access to every human being on earth without being sued or sent to prison for it. This has very little to do with giving your browsing history to someone who wants to sell you some shyt this is a legal way to keep you under government surveillance legally. You always have to look beyond the obvious when dealing with Republicants. "No Child Left Behind" was the Repubnuts way of destroying the Teachers Union because it gave them access to fire teachers based on whatever criteria the cuntservatives decided to use. "The Right To Work" laws is not just to help you get a job it was the right-wing Republican gestapos way to destroy any unions that are in that state. Whenever you think a Republican is creating a law for your benefit you had better think again. They don't know how to govern,all they can do is try to control. They know absolutely nothing about how an Economy works, instead they develop convoluted models of their demented concepts that give all the money to the wealthy and let everyone else live like paupers which will eventually create a Revolution from the bottom up. Never trust a Republican regardless of how many bibles they swear upon.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 04/06/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Show Us the Money

I have donated money to candidates in the past. Never any extraordinary amount, but somehow my name was available for anyone to see. But when I read that wealthy, election-tipping people (even foreign people) can somehow anonymously donate millions of dark dollars through PACs and Citizens United subterfuges, it just stinks up the whole country. More power to good efforts to "allow the public to more easily view and track money in political campaigns." Whenever I see it, I will look forward to believing it.

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Posted by Constant Voter on 03/30/2017 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Show Us the Money

Maybe Secretary Reagan would prefer to postpone an improved campaign finance reporting system until after she has run for reelection in 2018.

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Posted by franklymydears on 03/30/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Nixon Divided

I went to Nixon Library in Yorba Linda CA. I was 18 in 68 walking though the Museum I had the day. I sat and watched on a B&W a 60's Philco TV the Nixon Kennedy debate. In clicked a switch in my mind I was in watching time as a third party. I dont think I could begin to reflect to anyone those times feelings to others there just just mirrors. To me they are alive here eternal.

The most dynamic instrument to me was a artisan parlor table. I looked at this piece of wood carved to be a center of gather. This parlor this table this humble Sears kit home. This carved out 8 acre citrus grove attempt at farming. This place was the Foundation of Richard Nixon. This was the place changed the world in so many ways.

The Parlor table place of gather for a Quaker lessons, Nixon's father had to resume his job as a conductor on one of the short lined runs from Whittier. He would bring home papers from all over the world left on the train, other peoples trash. So they would sit and read and discuss world happening. With so many different views in so many different cultural publications. This from a failed farming attempt his father picking/cleaning other discards. I can see a foundation of resentment and feelings of inadequacy a genius this is motivation.

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Posted by Yorba Linda on 03/23/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Dignity for Desconocidos

Yep, the libs are totally to blame.

Not the conditions brought on by the Mexican government or the conservative exploitation of them for slavery wages.

Nope, it's all on the libs.

What, Again says so and he always knows what he's talking about.

Except for when he has anything to say about what he perceives as people being liberals.

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Posted by What, Again never posts actual facts in his ranting posts. on 03/17/2017 at 6:16 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

What we've heard from those doing public records requests is that there were BOTH bonuses awarded AND salaries increased without proper approval / disclosure, and it happened throughout Sanchez's tenure. It appears that it was a consistent practice: it wasn't a case of a mistake at the beginning which he chose to learn from so he could subsequently improve his administrative practice.

The work of explaining what has happened here needs to stop taking place in the comment streams. Constituents who are concerned should watch videos of Board meetings of the past three and 1/2 years, read the coverage of Sanchez's record provided in the Arizona Daily Star, and review the Latino plaintiffs' advocate's periodic reports. If those who have made a reasonable effort to review these readily accessible materials cannot see plainly that there were serious and recurring problems with the way Sanchez administered this public institution, the only conclusion to draw is that those people don't understand basic professional standards for public institution administration.

But in Arizona that is not at all surprising. Not only the population at large, but state level leaders have shown repeatedly and in a number of different ways that they don't understand public institution protocols with their framing of legislation to allow blocks to financial transparency in charter institutions using public funds and their belief that in this "war" they are fighting it is fine for people like Yarbrough to disregard conflict of interest and, after participating in getting tax credit legislation passed, to set themselves up as salaried employees of STOs dispensing public funds to private institutions. Phoenix privatizers loved Sanchez, and this is why: where public district schools should properly provide a contrast to untransparent charters and privates applying public funds, Sanchez began bringing a desperate, starved and malfunctioning public school district down to the level of the charters and privates, with his inability to understand and apply proper bidding and hiring practices, his courting of donations from the business community, his dispensing of his own personal donations to schools in the system he administered, his application of federal Title 1 dollars in ways that did not achieve the effects intended by "war on poverty" policy / funding, his outsourcing of subs, his disrespect for desegregation judges and plaintiffs, etc., ad nauseam. The list is long and extremely distasteful to those who have experience with standards maintained in properly run public school districts in other states. Perhaps, now that Sanchez is available, he can be hired to run an STO or charter network. He'd fit right in there, but he does NOT belong at the helm of a public school district serving a primarily low-SES, high minority population of more than 40,000. The administrative decisions he made did not benefit the vulnerable students in the district or the teachers struggling to serve them under increasingly difficult conditions. Those who've followed informed commentary about implementation of the USP and changes in the use of desegregation funds for the past 3 and 1/2 years (including drastically escalating legal costs which sucked money out of poverty-stricken schools and applied it in unnecessary litigation) know it.

Perhaps, Mr. Huppenthal, you would consider showing us some mercy and no longer inserting your opinions about the administration of public education institutions into these comment streams? You showed by your promotion of exit from the public district system while you were state superintendent of PUBLIC education that you don't believe in the public district system and don't support it. These days Southern Arizona's few supporters of what public schools have been and are in other parts of the U.S. are struggling enough in their efforts to combat locally-sourced BS. We really don't need more BS imported and dropped into these comment streams by Phoenix privatizers.

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Posted by Learn proper standards for public institutions. on 03/11/2017 at 12:06 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

A bonus is not a pay increase and it is literally a lie to say that it is unless the bonus structure was not in place the previous year.

Prop 301 explicitly allows and encourages a bonus structure - tying pay to performance. Without that system, you simply can't improve public education performance.

A healthy compensation structure has significant pay tied to results.

You are arguing that because Sanchez was doing competent policy, it was right to fire him.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 03/11/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

Whether or not a district is able to retain a fully qualified, effective teaching force is the single most important variable in whether it is able to deliver quality services to students. As Board watcher and retired TUSD teacher Lillian Fox has pointed out in another comment stream, there was a significant increase in teacher resignations and teacher vacancies under the Sanchez administration, and that's something the community should be discussing, together with the opinions of the head of the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, who is not, to my knowledge, a professional educator or a researcher who studies teaching and learning conditions in the schools. Fox and other Board watchers have noted that there were numerous examples during the Sanchez administration of public funds being allocated to pad central administrative contracts without proper, public Board approval, a serious process and transparency problem in a PUBLIC school district. The copious additions of central administrative positions and inflations of central administrative salaries that kept being revealed after public records requests were done to "out" them was another factor that contributed to low morale and transfers out of district for teachers tired of struggling to get by on shockingly low wages in inadequately supplied classrooms in a district where central administrators were multiplying quickly and many of them were compensated at levels 3, 4, and 5 times what a classroom teacher makes per annum -- and receiving $10K bonuses on the QT.
http://threesonorans.com/2014/07/23/ht-sanchez-gets-caught-multiple-lies-tape-breaks-elders-hearts-video/

As the most recent TUSD audit report shows, TUSD has an administrative to classrooms spending ratio much worse than other districts of the same size. The outsourcing of substitute teachers was another blow to professionalism and morale in the teaching community:
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/tusd-moves-to-outsource-its-substitute-teachers/article_a6cf8196-558b-5d26-a5bc-0e45a54345cc.html

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Posted by Teaching conditions, teacher morale deteriorated under Sanchez. on 03/10/2017 at 6:42 AM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

It's good that "Kindness Counts" (whose comments read a lot like they are coming from Sanchez PR hire Stephanie Boe)) provided a link to Varney's letter. I had heard that Varney had composed a letter and had looked for it as an editorial on the Star website, but did not find it there. Once I read Varney's two letters on the Chamber website it became clear that they were not something a reputable newspaper could have published.

I'm not going to take time to put my finger on every false claim or unverifiable, unsubstantiated assertion. It would take too much time. Here's one example of a completely false statement: the vote to hire Sanchez was NOT unanimous.

The vote to advance Sanchez as the sole finalist for the Superintendent position was split 3-2, with Hicks and Stegeman dissenting. In a public district of this size it is unheard of for only one candidate to be advanced to the final stage and put forward for public review in candidate forums.
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/sole-finalist-named-for-tusd-top-post/article_d968e803-f845-5fa9-8ab7-e6c4473d837b.html

In the vote to hire Sanchez, Stegeman dissented, remarking that he was not certain that ""I voted 'no' because I felt that his record did not support his elevation to a job as difficult as this at this point in his career," Stegeman said. "I'm concerned about whether his experience preparation is adequate to come into this job. "
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/tusd-hires-sanchez-as-superintendent/article_fefa25c3-c515-5e22-b201-da035bdaf5a4.html

Other interesting facts about the Sanchez hiring process, which was mismanaged, are available in these pieces:
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/search-firm-that-botched-texas-schools-chief-hiring-now-looking/article_b1c0a248-fd05-5dea-ab92-643522a18a9c.html
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/star-sues-tusd-for-names-of-other-superintendent-finalists/article_6587ca92-e8c5-5759-94b3-cd2c64166f70.html

As for the glowing record of stellar leadership Varney attributes to Sanchez, it doesn't take much digging to find a LOT of reporting locally about problems that would be recognized as grave ones to anyone who understands standards for the administration of PUBLIC institutions. Perhaps Mr. Varney is one of the many in private enterprise who do not understand those standards:
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/tusd-s-strategic-planning-consultant-got-prior-insight-into-district/article_2295b396-2caa-5c85-ac91-e460819bc40e.html
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/new-details-emerge-in-grijalva-kin-hiring/article_674695dc-d25c-5912-936a-c6bd531d1bbb.html

Bottom line? Tucson Weekly does an ABYSMAL job of reporting on TUSD. They are a propaganda organ of the establishment candidates (Grijalva, Foster, etc.) and provide little more than slanted stories to back up the political machine's self-serving talking points. Sedgwick is being set up for smear jobs in bars and coffee shops by people with loyalties to the establishment candidates and she is then being pilloried and stories about her that have little more than rumor-mill value are being aggressively circulated and promoted by people in the community who should know better.

What has really happened in the district is not that a good administrator has been dismissed because of political scheming and infighting. What has happened in the district is that the democratic process has been at work: in spite of certain influential parties' concerted efforts to BLOCK information about actual conditions in the district from getting to the public, voters in November 2016 heard the outcry of teachers and parents and voted in candidates who would not continue to rubber stamp the decisions of irresponsible leadership. These three candidates are now being punished by the propaganda machine for have achieved the # of Board positions necessary to start getting the right things done in the district.

How many people locally who don't know much about education or about conditions in the schools will be misled, like Varney, by this propaganda? It remains to be seen.

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Posted by When it comes to reporting, ACCURACY counts more. on 03/10/2017 at 6:36 AM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

I posted this update from the Tucson Chamber of Commerce CEO on another page.

It's a must-read. --> http://tucsonchamber.org/one-to-one-from-mike-varney/a-dark-day-in-tucson-ii/

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Posted by Kindness Counts on 03/09/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

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.

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Posted by MaryE2 on 03/09/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

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.

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Posted by Yes. DO go watch a Board meeting. on 03/09/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

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.

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Posted by Go to a Board meeting on 03/09/2017 at 4:43 PM

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