The data releases are very selective. I asked for data, fairly simple request, and was referred to the PIO. He was very cheerful and said my request was for good information, let me see if I can get it and call you back. Never heard a call back. I called again, asked for him personally, left a message, never heard a word. It probably was inconvenient data regarding teacher shortages, numbers, and certification requests, and temporary certifications. It was for Statewide bulk data not individual information. Not a call back ever. I found the numbers through other more difficult sources that certainly revealed the extent of the teacher shortage and the extent of the certification problems for international and out of state teachers. But Douglas's office either can't compile it, or found it inconvenient to give it out. Is data only selectively give out to support a predetermined agenda?
Very sad news. RIP Kathryn. You will be missed.
Thanks for coming to our concerts and for having so much compassion.
"Any balanced discussion of this issue should include consideration of the environmental costs..."
Only in liberal la-la land Tucson, 5th poorest in the country.
Was there an environmental study for the Great Wall of China?
Nope, I don't buy it. I bought it four years ago, when I fell hook line and sinker for TUSD's propaganda about how all their problems were the result of the mean Republicans and their draconian funding cuts. And then I watched TUSD for closely for four years while one of my children was enrolled in it. Yes, the funding is insufficient, but in the humble opinion of someone who has watched the Board meetings and taken an interest in policy implementation and funding allocations on a few of the school sites, the district has also been poorly administered and the funding available to it has not uniformly and competently been applied for the benefit of students. Until the district is effectively reformed -- if at this point it CAN be reformed, which many who have had extended contact with it have good reason to doubt -- (again, my humble, but experience-based OPINION) students do need to get out of it. And they shouldn't be penalized financially for recognizing a sinking ship for what it is. Nor should they be disparaged by a political party that is supposed to effectively DEFEND, not disparage and insult, the working class.
Lets be straight here. Public schools are falling behind in red states because they don't fund them fully. Period. You can point to national statistics that show privet elementary schools charge on average about the same as what we spend on public schools in red states but those figures are very misleading. Many, if not most are religious schools that subsidize half the bill. Public schools are what in the private world would be called 'Day Schools'. They tend to spend 15,000$-30,000$ per student while we spend here in AZ 7,2500-7,500$ per student. I'd say it's pretty clear you can't get a 15,000$ education result for 7,500$. So when you say our schools are failing, yeah, it's obvious why. . .https://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/201…
Any balanced discussion of this issue should include consideration of the environmental costs of an unsecured border:
- Migrants and smugglers dump an estimated 2,000 tons of trash and human waste in the borderlands every year - most of it in areas where it is very difficult to remove. (See https://legacy.azdeq.gov/obep/waste.html).
- Migrants and smugglers had cut an estimated 1300 miles of wildcat trails in the borderlands as of 2006. (See https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opini…).
-Moreover, illegal aliens and smugglers regularly set wildfires, both to summon aid or to distract CBP, destroying hundreds of acres of vegetation a year. In fact, migrants are suspected of causing many of southern Arizona's most devastating fires of the last few years (Horseshoe 2, Monument, etc.). (See http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/arizona…).
Would a wall have some environmental impact? Sure. But so would doing nothing. Let's try to keep some perspective on both sides of the issue.
Herculio Arrellano was arrested yesterday in Mexico and is being extradited to to Tucson to stand trial for the murder of BP agent Brian Terry. He was shot and killed by firearms that the Justice Dept under Obama had supplied to the Mexican drug cartels. He was arrested by using DNA matches from the water bottles that he left in the desert. I wonder who put those there for him?
Trump is spending the American taxpayers money for his grandiose ideas and his Trumpanzee followers are behind every idiotic idea that tweets out of that damaged brain. No Repubtards have said a single word about how much money is being spent daily for the security and travel expenses of the Trump family circus. Mar-A-Lago visits, Trump Tower security, International Trump trips for enhancing his business deals. At this rate the Trump Empire will be spending more money in ONE YEAR than President Obama spent in 8 years. Republicunts are always in-your-face about Democrats spending but whenever one of their own is breaking the bank they are as silent as their pledge of allegiance to the United States. Republican right wing conservatives are commie Putin azz-kissing traitors who don't deserve to live in a Democracy!
As for citations on the "benefits for public schools" of voucher policy, vouchers are policy lifeboats. Lifeboats aren't meant to benefit the sinking ship. They're meant to get people off of it. Yes, the Republican party is responsible, in part, for the state of public school systems in red states. But the Democratic party does not help matters when they engage in reality denial about the fact that, in terms of its ability to educate students effectively in a humane environment, the public system, or, more accurately, portions of it, is indeed sinking. And they don't help matters with a working class constituency that should form part of their natural base when they blame the victims, i.e. the people using the lifeboats.
In a context where the cost of college tuition is so high, every education $$$ supplement available will be needed by families that don't form the top bracket of earners. How's the Democratic party doing with keeping the cost of tuition in Arizona's public universities down? Can't say I've heard much "messaging" on that topic in recent days, at the same time that the media is reporting that the U of A successfully completed its first billion dollar capital campaign a few years ahead of schedule.
In recent days, there's been plenty of denigration and mockery of people using the damage-control policy lifeboats the Republican Party has offered, which the Democrats call "welfare for the wealthy." Perhaps the Democratic Party should postpone their denigration of the working families trying to patch together a way to educate their children in this sad state until they have successfully offered an alternate way for these people to get to their destination. And part of that would include being honest about the fact that districts like TUSD need not just increased funding, but REFORM. The Democratic Party in Southern Arizona has had a remarkably hard time facing that reality.
Sorry to disappoint, but denying that there's no real need for these people to get off the sinking ship doesn't cut it any more. A lot of people see through TUSD's lipstick-on-a-pig expensive PR campaigns to mask the ugly reality of what conditions ACTUALLY are in the district's schools.
Ever heard of Scott Walker?
While the lawsuit may be good for Congressman Raul Grijalva to maintain his political base and it helps raise awareness for the Center for Biological Diversity, the current administration in Washington has clearly shown that the environment and the federal agencies and applicable laws are mere speed bumps in the way of corporate greed and exploitation.
On the plus side, history has shown again and again that trying to curb the forces of nature are about as successful as the presidents comb-over, but that won't stop spending a whole lot of time and taxpayer money to keep a campaign promise that is about as substantial as a coyote fart in a dust devil.
Just another left wing smokescreen using a false issue to attack Trump and promote illegal immigration at all cost. Leftists are doing same with ther above face on Putin and Russia.
New To Az, I have never seen Wisconsin's name among the states distinguished by spending the least in the country on public education, so I would not think their experience would be comparable with ours. Also, I would be interested in citations about the benefits for the public schools there--citations by organizations that have to do with education, not budgets. Thanks.
Hey Wrong, Again:
You must feel like a tennis ball.
Because you're getting served left and right.
It's gotta hurt to be wrong all the time.
It is not authentic gelato...sorry
What, Again: I could post just as many headlines about white male US citizens doing the exact same things. People do bad things no matter what country they're from. They also do great, wonderful things. Kathryn's work wasn't about hate, which is all I'm getting from your messages. I choose her message over yours every time.
Yeah, Grijalva's doing it for the environment. Ha, ha, ha. That's a good one.
How come the existing hundreds of miles of border wall didn't "divide and destroy the incredible communities and wild landscapes along the border" Mr. Suckling?
Massive development due to growth from illegal immigration does far more to destroy the environment than some little wall in the desert.
This isn't about the environment.
Raspberries; for Raul the border fence is a open border even with a fence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOelgf-169w
I guess Trump doesn't know about monsoon rains either. The federal government is going to owe a lot in damages when the wall causes massive flooding.
The disrespect toward Kathryn Ferguson exhibited by some of these comments is disgusting. She is a wonderful author who contributed greatly to humanity.
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