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Re: “Education Poll: Support For Charter Schools Down (And Other Results)

The EdNext poll is missing the most important number - the percentage of parents rating their child's school excellent or the equivalent of an "A" grade.

Gallup did such a poll for 47 years but "Race to the Top" did such a wrecking job on schools that the excellence rating, the "A" grade dropped from an all-time high of 36% in 2011 to 24% in 2015.

The shock to PhiDeltaKappa was so severe that they shot the messenger, they terminated the survey.

Even a casual look at the data suggests that parents shouldn't be policy makers for schools. After 200 years, schools are only extracting a small fraction of the potential of our poor and minority students.

So, why are we interested in their opinions on policy? Would Proctor and Gamble go to customers to ask them how to build a shampoo plant? No, but they would ask a lot of questions about shampoo quality. The EdNext survey reflects the ultimate dysfunction of our education system - it asks a ton of questions about policy and none about quality where the respondent would know best - when it is their child.

You see this vividly with TUSD. No one there has even the slightest clue as to how you use parent surveys to drive quality and achieve a competitive, winning edge. As a result, they are getting eaten alive.

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Posted by on 08/18/2017 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Education Poll: Support For Charter Schools Down (And Other Results)

Hopefully charters will continue strong. They are the only way for poor and middle class people to get kids out of the mediocre or worse "one size fits all" government schools. Doesn't matter if you're rich enough to afford private schools of course.
Talk to 50 laypeople, and not one of them will know what Common Core is. It might as well be margarine - just a brand.

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Posted by bslap on 08/18/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “In the Flesh: Tucson's March Against White Supremacy

Why does Tucson still have a statue honoring Mexican terrorist and enemy of the United States Pancho Villa smack in the middle of downtown? Isn't it time that this symbol of hatred come down?

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Posted by Nathan K on 08/18/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Paul Durham for City Council

No way. I saw all three candidates at an open forum, and Paul came off as arrogant, smug, and entitled, he thinks he's better than the rest of us. He didn't at all understand the issues that concern working families.

Felicia Chew made some excellent points, she understands what needs to be done, and she received sustained applause from the audience (no one clapped at all for the two men). I even saw one woman go up to her after the meeting was over and make a donation on the spot!

For the Weekly to criticize Chew for supporting a tiny tax increase to support the zoo or early childhood education is completely ridiculous. You know that all 3 Democrats will support those things, so the difference between them comes down to their sincere concern for the people of this city.

Paul is clearly scared about people voting for Felicia Chew, because he's sending out attack mailers against her (but not against Tom). And here's the Weekly repeating the unfounded attack. People who voted for Jill Stein are NOT responsible for Trump being elected. If every single one of us had voted for Clinton, she still would have lost in Arizona.

I don't want a council member who just toes the Democratic party line and does whatever the party wants, no matter what. I want an independent thinker who cares about people, and that's why I urge everyone to vote for Felicia Chew for Ward 3.

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Posted by blaze_mason on 08/18/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Campus Clash

Attorney General is an elected office, guess who doesn't get my vote. In fact I'll hold my nose and vote the candidate most likely to defeat the incumbent.

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Posted by Lewis Mitchell on 08/18/2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “HOCO Fest 2017 Countdown: DJ Orange Julius

You can do better keep at it bro

Posted by Wesley Carfagno on 08/18/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “HOCO Fest 2017 Countdown: DJ Orange Julius


Posted by Wesley Carfagno on 08/18/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “In the Flesh: Tucson's March Against White Supremacy

I post political events in our online calendar at Blog for Arizona: I had this march posted.

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Posted by Carol on 08/18/2017 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Danehy

Now I understand that a news source like the NYT essentially publishes only fake news according to Trumpistas but maybe we have some readers here who will at least consider the following as an indication that Yes, there were and are Obama-Trump supporters, a fact Danehy cannot wrap his mind around.…

Democrats can continue to live in denial and blame their (and the nation's) catastrophic loss to James Comey, the Russians, misogyny, or the latest excuse de jour but they do so at their own risk and that of their party's future. Two candidates, and two candidates only, excited the masses and held rallies of a scope not often seen in presidential elections. Their names were Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Not Clinton. Not Bush.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/18/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “In the Flesh: Tucson's March Against White Supremacy

Where do people announce these protests? I never hear about them until they are over

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Posted by Palisades on 08/17/2017 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

I've tried to reach you befor by emain but it always comes back no such address. I'm sending this as a test. Let me know if it reaches you. Tks Robert

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Posted by Robert Horvath on 08/17/2017 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Yeah, I guess you have a point.
CW out.

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Posted by CW13 on 08/17/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Old age doesn't suck.

It's a sure sign that you're not dead.

Peace Brother. DC

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Posted by AZ/DC on 08/17/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr Weighs in on Old FM Staple 'Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo' and Johnny and Edgar Winter

'Johnny Winter And Live' version of "Johnny B Goode" is still the best version (that I've heard)...other than Chuck Berry, of course.

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Posted by Carl Hanni on 08/17/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Your Indispensable Back-To-College Guide

Here's how the items on the list would've read when I was a freshman at the UA from 76 to 81. The following items would read pretty much the same: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 15, and 16. The following items would read differently: 8. Goodwill and the Salvation Army were pretty much your only choices, 11. We'd still go to the Loft but it was on 6th Street and Fremont (now a parking garage), 14. Student Union, 2nd floor, east end had big chairs and sofas and of course the top floor of the Main Library, 17. We'd go to the Student Health Center at Cherry and University (now the Sonett Space Sciences Bldg.) because it was free, 18. No one cared about your mental health. And items that weren't a thing back then-2, 7, 9, and 10.

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Posted by retrorv on 08/17/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Hasty Tasting

Question: purchases at Fry's may include e-coupons or member discounts when done in person. Would using a delivery service have these discounts [or, for that matter Senior Discounts the 1st Wednesday of the month] or would it be full price for all items?

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Posted by Dan Baldwin on 08/17/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

To tell the truth, old age sucks. I have a T-shirt that says it all. " I may be old but I got to see all the cool bands"

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Posted by CW13 on 08/17/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Probably hanging out at the crib CW, and I literally mean the crib.

I was an infant 48 years ago.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 08/17/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

I love your column. Great writing!

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Posted by Kathleen DeBoer on 08/17/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

It's good you're not paying the interns:
"some peperoni and mozzarella cheese"
"$400 dollars"

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 08/17/2017 at 10:24 AM

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