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Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

"notably omitting Keynesian economics "

Maybe omitting Keynesian economics is akin to omitting Marxian economics. Would you want them to include a lesson on Marxian economics? We could have a session on income inequality in North Korea. Some NK's get 2000 calories a day, others get 200. Some NK's have running water, others don't. Some have electricity, most don't. Some have 12 inch long parasitic gut worms (the guard who was shot while running to freedom), others only 2 inches long.

Maybe we could include Cuba which has a legal maximum on the amount you can earn, a grand $20 per month. The workers paradise.

The left is so intellectually corrupt, that they demand our children be educated in defunct theories of economics, let's include them all.

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Posted by on 11/24/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

Let's look at both 2011 and 2015 8th grade math data to examine two questions. 1) Does the higher spending by Wisconsin give them an advantage over Arizona? 2) Did Wisconsin score different in 2015 than they did in 2011?

The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the Gold standard by which such questions are answered.

Arizona Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics outscored Wisconsin Whites, Blacks and Hispanics and the differences were statistically significant for all but the White scores. So, no, their higher spending doesn't give them an advantage over us.

Wisconsin Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics outscored the nation by 2, -8, and 0 points in 2011. In 2015, they outscored the nation by 6, -10 and -1 points. Only the shift in the White score was statistically significant. The only evidence we have is that White students in Wisconsin improved relative to the nation.

You have a campfire story to build a mythology. It may be true, it may not be true. Who knows?

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Posted by on 11/23/2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

Consistent with the right wing assault in education is the pure hypocrisy in transparency. They demand it from teacher unions, performance audits and letter grades for school districts and boards, but want to make sure to hide everything they do. Hidden campaign money, hidden donors, hidden organizations, hidden curriculum, non accountability for charters and vouchers.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 11/23/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

In a context like the current one, where Walker, Brownback, Ducey and their ilk are gunning for worker protections and universal education, would it be possible for the left to unite behind concepts like human dignity, solidarity in pursuing the common good, workers rights to a just share in the fruits of economic gain their labor produces, and the duty of caring for the needy? Probably not, given the way the left has been behaving since November 2016. Peter Steinfels has a good essay on the topic in the most recent issue of Commonweal. It is entitled, Watching the Left Castrate Itself: A Lesson?

Some interesting questions for the anti-voucher camp to contemplate in their spare time, when theyre not busy running divisive campaigns like SOS that limit the ability of the disadvantaged to access good education: what is the largest membership organization in the world, whose leader has recently spoken openly and repeatedly about the dangers of unregulated capitalism and failing to structure society to protect the needy? What role has this organization played in educating millions of people to be effective advocates for human dignity, the common good, just wages, and concern for the poor and the oppressed? What are you actually doing when your policy initiatives undermine and economically penalize this organizations educational institutions? Cf. the Steinfels article hes got exactly the right figurative language to describe it.

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Posted by Some questions the left should ask itself: on 11/23/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

And to Wisconsin State Representative, up your nose with a rubber hose.

That said, it is past time for teachers and their union representatives to acknowledge they are on the wrong side of history. Unionism is dying the slow death of attrition with the remaining membership nearly exclusively members of publicly supported workplaces. They are too easy a mark.

Public sector employees need a new business plan and new tactics to survive, much less prosper as their livelihoods become even more precarious. They are getting their asses kicked nationally and as the last election showed, they are being taken less seriously as a reliable bloc of supporters.

Times are changing way too fast. Einstein was right. Get your collective acts together.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 11/23/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

A friend has been ranting that, 'throwing money at the problem isn't going to solve it' - for many years now. But all of a sudden, when vouchers became available (to the rich), he's willing to try ANYTHING to improve education. Even throwing money at it.

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Posted by W Corvi on 11/23/2017 at 2:58 AM

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

" To evaluate policy, check its actual effects on real people."

Whoever you are and no matter how liberal you are, amen brother or sister, amen.

One of the all-time great comments.

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Posted by on 11/22/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

"John Huppenthal, with your well-documented record of A): discriminating against Mexican-American students; and B): making stupid, vile, racist blog posts, you are the last person who should be talking about "poor dears from the hood.""

Sorry Jana, not a single blog post of mine was racist. Unless you are so racist as to believe that the only people on welfare are Hispanic and Black.

Also, believing that minorities should be saturated in English is not racist. Knowledge of and fluency with English is a better predictor of job success than even a high school or college diploma.

Also, look at our hiring record at the department of education. Long before those accusations, we outstripped Arizona's demographics in our hiring of minorities. And, not just minorities, Democrats.

Your diatribe is far more bigoted than my posts or actions which were not bigoted in the slightest.

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Posted by on 11/22/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

what makes you think that just because david safier is from arizona that that alone means that he approves of our state's spending on education. if you took the time to read what he's written you'd know he does want more money in this state's spending.…

bite yourself

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Posted by Palisades on 11/22/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

So why would a person from Tucson get on their high horse about Wisconsin's spending and school policy when Arizona's is a heck of a lot lower. Political axe to grind comes to mind.

Wisconsin in FY 2010 $12,338 down to FY 2014 to $11,186 a 9.3% decrease. Then the last two biennia an uptick followed by an upsurge.

Compare that to Arizona:

Arizona in FY 2010 $8,520 down to FY 2014 to $7,528 an 11.6% decrease. No data available on the last two years in this chart.

There are very few times that I'll ever say this in an official email, but I'm going to say it now, "Bite me", and it's directed to the disingenuous writer of this article

Make it a Happy Thanksgiving!

WI State Representative Bob Kulp

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Posted by Bob Kulp on 11/22/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

Correct. A poorly education population is easier to dupe, ergo our current GOP takeover...but not for long. We are waking up.

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Posted by Shirley Willis on 11/22/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Steve Bannon Beats the Drum Against Undocumented Immigrants in Tucson Appearance

What I don't understand is what these stooges have against a secure border.

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Posted by CW13 on 11/22/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Steve Bannon Beats the Drum Against Undocumented Immigrants in Tucson Appearance

Hey, Tucson Weekly:

You've been excoriating me ever since 2006. Read the comments up above, "the times they are a-changing."

The time has come to have an "in depth" interview with THE central figure of the local opposition to OPEN BORDER POLICY, which has destroyed so many lives, dont'cha think?

Warden, "The Notorious Mexican Flag Burner" who btw has opposed the financial and political exploitation of the Mexican poor ever since 2005.

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Posted by KitWarden on 11/22/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Steve Bannon Beats the Drum Against Undocumented Immigrants in Tucson Appearance

This week, five illegal aliens ambushed a border patrol agent and murdered him by crushing his skull with rocks.

Democrats oppose border security measures that would stop this from happening.

Because Democrats benefit politically from the country being overrun with illegal aliens.

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Posted by Nathan K on 11/22/2017 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

Republicans do not consider a good education essential for their supporters. In fact a sub-par education is what they prefer to keep their mindless base mindless. It isn't as easy to dupe your followers if they have at least two brain cells that work together.Maybe this could explain why there are so few Republican conservatives teaching in colleges and universities other than those religious campuses where the only two requirements are that you denounce all other religions and say the lords prayer before class, before a meal, before a game, and before you go to sleep.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 11/22/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Steve Bannon Beats the Drum Against Undocumented Immigrants in Tucson Appearance

Undocumented. A nice way of saying illegal.

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Posted by CW13 on 11/22/2017 at 8:43 AM

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

Jana Happel: Im sure you can come up with something more intelligent and more fair than that cheap shot.

Are you defending the way TUSD has been managed? If so, lets see what evidence you can muster that it delivers Fruchthendler-or Sabino-quality education to kids on the south and west sides. I once heard an opponent of vouchers admit that while sending their kid to a good Catholic school would undoubtedly be the preference of many of the constituents underserved in those south and west side public schools...still voucher policy needed to be blocked.

So lets be honest about whats at stake here: its a struggle over who gets to use public funds to serve a certain population in Southern Arizona, isnt it? And frankly, those who believe they know better than the parents themselves about which schools parents should be allowed to apply their own tax dollars in have some explaining to do about their real motives and why they believe their preferences for how other people educate their children should prevail. That is especially the case when the schools in question are part of a well established, well funded, non-profit, academically viable school system with a long and distinguished history which in most cases produces excellent results for its students.

Separation of church and state, you say? Give me a break. No one who understands the way those principles and clauses evolved in our nations founding documents believes that public support of students ELECTING to enroll (not being forced or required by the state to enroll) in a school with a religious affiliation violates what the separation of church and state was intended to be and what it was intended to protect against, something that was taking place in England at the time: discrimination against those who refuse to practice a state-sponsored religion. A bowdlerized, misunderstood version of SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE!!! is a flag the ignorant like to wave when they run out of excuses for trying to deny fellow citizens their constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of religion, or the right to be free of economic discrimination when educating their children responsibly while passing their religion on to the next generation.

Im no fan of Koch- and Friedman-style free market ideology, but when it comes to why some support vouchers, failures of the public school system to serve some populations as well as it serves others, as well as the ongoing effort to overcome deeply ingrained, longstanding American prejudice against immigrants practicing the Roman Catholic faith have to be granted their place in the public dialogue. The issues are much more complex than simplistic and hysterical ANTI-PRIVATIZATION rhetoric tries to make them out to be.

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Posted by Let’s address the elephant in the room directly, for once. on 11/21/2017 at 6:32 PM

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

To: To evaluate policy... I'm sure Huppenthal is heartened to know that after everything he has done, there is still a faction of Pima County Dems that have his back.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 11/21/2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

Those Libertarians are witches I tell you. Burn them at the stake. More socialist slobbering and pandering please, and pass the tax money. You Libertarians didn't build these schools.

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Posted by Jonathon K on 11/21/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

Here in clown world, "raza studies" for high school students is a constitutional right, while libertarianism creates a book burning panic.

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Posted by Nathan K on 11/21/2017 at 3:48 PM

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