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Re: “If You Think the TUSD Board Election Was a Knock-down, Drag-out Fight, Take a Look at L.A.

It's unclear whether Safier is trying to imply that the struggles over the TUSD Board were cast in the same mold ("privatization," or public district / union vs. charter) in which he says the L.A. struggles are cast. If he is implying that, he is wrong. Neither "faction" / coalition in the TUSD Board battles was pro-Charter, pro-privatization.

There are in fact many different kinds of "education wars" going on both locally and nationally. When it comes to figuring out what's going on or how to vote at the local level, it comes down to understanding the details of the business -- and the conditions in the schools -- in the districts in question. Some public districts are well managed. Others are not. This whole "privatization" narrative has the effect in some cases of throwing a cloak over instances of mismanagement by lumping all public districts in with the "good guys" in their fight against the "villainous privatizers." That's a unique form of B.S. that has developed in our contemporary education media scene that voters would be well advised to develop a way of detecting. If they don't, they may in many cases waste their votes on poor "leaders" who will, in office, do more to undermine the cause of public education than to support it, in spite of what they say during their campaigns.

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Posted by Caveat Emptor on 05/17/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

You are correct and the world is wrong. Again. Or sometimes.

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Posted by gcb1 on 05/17/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Don't 'Toilet' in Front of Mailbox!

Not in my front yard! That's the Tucson we have been forced to know and love. I am introducing Doggie Diapers next month that I want the City to purchase with their sales tax increase. What a load.

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Posted by Dog's Best Friend on 05/17/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Don't 'Toilet' in Front of Mailbox!

What a poop nazi...

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Posted by danehick sux on 05/17/2017 at 11:03 AM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

I want my surgeons to have real world experience, what's with all of this schooling and expensive training? Why, my uncle could gut a fish in 30 second flat, filleted and ready for the grill. He'd a made a fine surgeon without all that fancy book lernin.

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Posted by Indivisible on 05/17/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

Don't worry about the colleges. They will accept anybody with the ability to pay, especially if they pay with tax dollars. They have been accepting TUSD students that couldn't read or write for years.

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Posted by Betty Lou on 05/17/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

As someone who was convinced that Trump was conspiring with Russians last Augustand talking about itI can relate to the slightly embarrassing position of calling everyone else wrong, and that nagging feeling of self doubt. But the operative word in graf one is "any" and your reading is certainly correct. The other reporting deserves a correction.

The net effect is that Arizona has decided to conduct an uncontrolled experiment in using trainers as teachers. Unfortunately, this may not prepare students for future learning. You only need to ask yourself how many terrible corporate trainers have wasted your time to know this is a risky plan. Or just count how many were good. That's a lot quicker.

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Posted by Jimmy Zuma on 05/17/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

It amuses me immensely to think that some people think they can just walk in off the street and start teaching. These new "certified" teachers are in for a very, very, very rude awakening.

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Posted by Robert Davis on 05/17/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

You are completely right. The relevant sentence in the bill is "...meets ANY of the following requirements:"

In the course of earning an undergraduate and two graduate degrees, I was subjected to far too many professors and teaching assistants who had no idea how to teach, so I had to teach myself. At the university level, instructors don't need any teaching credentials other than a bachelor's degree. That's bad enough, don't subject early learners to such a low standard!

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Posted by G on 05/17/2017 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Danehy

Why does anyone feed the troll, CW13? Why, although he hates Danehy, does he read him like his religion requires it?

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Posted by Vietnam Vet on 05/17/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

What is going to happen when schools lose their accreditation and no Arizona high school graduates will be admitted to college? Does the governor even know anything about this small roadblock? Apparently not.

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Posted by Vietnam Vet on 05/17/2017 at 8:06 AM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

you are spot on. the relevant word is "or."
What's deeply disturbing to me is that there is no regard for the the fact that teachers need to be skilled in education, not only their subject matter expertise.

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Posted by Sherrie Posternak on 05/17/2017 at 6:18 AM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

Anything that breaks the stranglehold of the union/educational establishment and associated group think can't be too bad. From what I've seen an educational degree doesn't do much to make you a better teacher than other relevant life experience and/or education.
I wonder what the criteria are for firing them (or any teacher) if they're found to be incompetent?

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Posted by bslap on 05/17/2017 at 6:12 AM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

It's a common sense law. That in itself explains why libby Safier is against it.

We need teachers with real world experience, not professional teachers. This is especially true at the high school level.

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Posted by Bob V on 05/17/2017 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Cessna Needs a Home

LIKE them myself but she is a pit bull....Causes social issues at the least..

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jerry Kelly on 05/16/2017 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Best Auto Repair

What location is the best? According to Yelp many horror stories.

Posted by driver on 05/16/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

Just wondering how this will impact school accreditation standings, especially at the high school level when students are filling out those college applications. Have not seen any discussion about the his at all.

18 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by A on 05/16/2017 at 6:00 PM
Posted by Stop The Madness on 05/16/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “If You Think the TUSD Board Election Was a Knock-down, Drag-out Fight, Take a Look at L.A.

Great report David. You should read it. Great job California!

http://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/15/charter-schools-are-climbing-up-the-ranks-2/


Charter school have gone from acceptance to excellence, and now are outperforming their traditional public school counterparts, multiple recent school rankings revealed.

In addition, magnet schools, public schools with specialized instruction, such as a focus on math and science or the arts, comprised three of the four remaining spots in the top 10. In other words, nine of the top 10 schools were schools of choice.

Taken together, charters and magnet schools took up 60 percent of the top 100 schools, despite representing just 16 percent of the roughly 6,000 schools U.S. News deemed medal-winning. Schools were ranked based on factors such as graduation rates, performance on state assessments and student participation in and performance on Advanced Placement tests, U.S. News reported.

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Posted by Public Ed Is So Broken on 05/16/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “If You Think the TUSD Board Election Was a Knock-down, Drag-out Fight, Take a Look at L.A.

In order to control every generation of children before they become adults you must start when they are in the formative years and indoctrinate them into your scheme. Just as Hitler took control of the children of Germany and trained them to be good Aryans the pro-charter school advocates realize the power they will have over millions of American youth if they can just win enough seats on the education boards of this country's schools. Once that goal is achieved all the dominoes will easily fall into place and once again Public Money will go towards Private Profits! Most Americans are asleep at the wheel and are not mentally equipped to comprehend what the hell is going on. This country is basically screwed and you can thank the Republican conservative political machine which has been working overtime since the 1980's to convert our Democracy to an Oligarchy.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 05/16/2017 at 10:02 AM

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