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Re: “Border Patrol Agents Are Allowed to Check People's Immigration Status on Buses, Trains But It's Still Racial Profiling

I just saw this happen 3 times on the way to Tennessee from New York. The first two happened in Syracuse and Buffalo respectively. Being Memorial Day weekend and all, on the second stop/checkpoint I struck up a conversation with the captain.

So he quoted the case listed above, and we talked about due process.

Now, what he told me is that I don't have to answer his question. It would violate the 4th and 5th if he took it further if i did not answer. He did state after my non answer (those of us he termed "ugly americans") he would profile me to determine if I warranted further scrutiny.

I was a little concerned to say the least, when I tested this out in Erie and ignored the agent.

By opening a conversation with an agent, anyone who answers has opened themselves voluntarily to questioning. Because America is a melting pot of ethnicities, one would be hard pressed to discern whether a non-responsive rider was not a citizen or not without the use of racial profiling. As my fellow riders observed, not one caucasian immigrant, (Russian, Scandinavian) where harassed, only those of ethnic minority features.

I am not sure what is told to them about answering honestly and open, but if this holds true and they do not have to respond, it is they who determine their own fates. Perhaps, the ACLU could be alerted and help make a packet for traveling immigrants to help prevent gross violations?

For the record, I believe that people who come here legally should not be harassed like this. A gentleman from Iowa whom I sat next to worked his ass off for his green card. He was harassed a multitude of times which is when I got frustrated. It is the bad apples(illegal immigrants) that have spoiled the system for the bunch(legal Immigrants) and while we opine on the fairness of our immigration laws, those we want to protect originally (legal immigrants) are ultimately being affected by our agendas.

Posted by Joseph Kenneally-Oathout on 05/30/2017 at 5:08 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

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"I cannot stand forward, and give praise or blame to any thing which relates to human actions, and human concerns, on a simple view of the object, as it stands stripped of every relation, in all the nakedness and solitude of metaphysical abstraction. CIRCUMSTANCES (which with some gentlemen pass for nothing) give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color, and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind." -- Edmund Burke, from Reflections on the Revolution in France

As Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, who knows the local circumstances in TUSD very well, points out, this new policy on teacher qualifications would not have had good effects if implemented, given the CIRCUMSTANCES in this district, a district she has observed closely for more than a decade, a district which serves close to 50,000 students in Southern Arizona. The CIRCUMSTANCES in a district of TUSD's size and regional impact should by itself rule out the policy's across-the-board application in this state. But even in higher functioning public districts with more active, empowered, and highly educated parent populations -- districts where parents would have an easier time recognizing and taking issue with the grave problems that will develop with teacher incompetence and effects on student learning under this policy -- it is not advisable to entrust these districts with teacher training. They do not have the financial resources available to develop the mentoring programs, professional development time, and advisory faculty that would be needed. You can't just ask teachers already responsible for the academic development of a cohort of students to take teacher education on as another responsibility of their already inadvisably overtasked, gravely underpaid profession. Nor can you ask even affluent parents to raise more supplementary funding when they are already fundraising in support of reasonable class sizes and essential supplies for schools.

Arizona has become a veritable Swiftian Laputa of ignorant, abstract policy theories that show no knowledge whatsoever of conditions on the ground in the institutions where they will be implemented.

As conditions continue to deteriorate, it's a mistake for people with dependent children to assume that valid education must necessarily be delivered through public institutions in all the states in the wealthiest, most "advanced" (?) country in the world. State-level mad-scientist-style regulatory negligence and ignorant tinkering with our education systems has brought us to a place where the schools in some states, including Arizona, are in absolutely atrocious shape. They will only get worse with the downright depraved policies (results-based funding, the destruction of teacher credentialing requirements) which state level leaders continue, with no wisdom and no foresight, to concoct in their "meth lab of democracy" in Phoenix. (Jon Stewart hit the nail on the head in describing the character of their operations in 2010. And they're still at it, with the academic preparation of the next generation as their focused target now.)

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Posted by Understand conditions on the ground before making policy. on 05/29/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

I ask all of you who think this is a great idea to send your children to a school taught by this new pool of teachers, thats all. If we had had this kind of teacher under HT Sanchez, who co-wrote an article suggesting this very thing with the voucher queen, and HIS district, TUSD, had been allowed to train people with a BA or a BS to be teachers, we would have even more of his minions who mindlessly follow his lead than we have now. He paid close attention to training all of the new principals he brought on, and that hasn't necessarily brought bucketloads of good news to the district. Highlighting loyalty over credentials (even his own!) is not a good leadership strategy and slowly but surely kills the institution. Given how long it will take to clear the deadwood of the district out--that is, the folks, starting at the Board level, who are awfully good followers but miserable leaders--that would probably be educational malpractice towards our students and fatal for the district.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 05/29/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

Well, all kidding aside, I disagree on the premise. The only people with appropriate college education likely to give up their private sector jobs for teaching are ones who really care about teaching and will likely do well.
The exception may be some failures who managed to get a college degree but can't make it in the real world and want the salary (meager though it is) and benefits of being a teacher.

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Posted by bslap on 05/29/2017 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

Response to tinkering:

Allowing school districts to train teachers is informed public policy and it is absolutely predictable that it will lead to greater academic gains. The negative coefficient for a masters degree is an absolute indictment of our current teacher education system. When something is damaging results, you should get rid of it - immediately, immediately.

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Posted by on 05/28/2017 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Dear Mr. Heusler: There is no such thing as a "carefully researched argument against planned parenthood." Have you given thought to just standing on a street corner downtown and handing out copies? We need a replacement for Sweeney who passed away some years ago.

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Posted by Reality Check on 05/28/2017 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

College graduates these days are loaded up with loan debt, and they have astronomically inflated tuition fees to look forward to in educating their own children. That is a reality created by the much-vaunted operations of the free market, by treating education as a commodity, and by the relationships between loan peddlers in the financial industry and our government.

Last time I checked the military was a profession that could be entered straight from high school -- or, if you undergo officer training, the military academies are tuition free and provide stipends to enrollees.

Unless your idea is to make teachers' college educations free and to provide government-sponsored cost-of-living stipends to support them while they get their degrees, the "compare & contrast" story provided does not apply.

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Posted by More ignorant tinkering with the AZ education system. on 05/28/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Hispanic Chamber applauds Ducey education, business efforts

Half the country thinks they are trying to fix it. But first can we get an agreement that it is broken?

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Posted by Public Ed Is So Broken on 05/28/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

So you are saying that now, teachers are only in it for the money? They used to do it because they were dedicated to the students and the process. Could the teachers unions blinded them from the facts?

Thank God on this Memorial Day weekend that our military serves others based on their own sacrifice, rather than pay alone.

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Posted by Happy Memorial Day on 05/28/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

Did you ever consider the possibility, Huppenthal, that teaching has trouble attracting applicants because the salaries in the profession are much lower than they are for most other professions requiring college degrees and ongoing education and / or master's degrees to maintain credentialing?

Lower the bar educationally and you will add people who don't want to take the time and trouble to study child development and pedagogical methods before teaching, people with BAs who aren't able to get higher paying jobs in other fields and who think that when it comes to educating the next generation, "winging it" is quite good enough. This initiative will not increase the so-called "emotional stamina" quotient of the labor pool or its intelligence level or its maturity. Quite the reverse. And it will without a doubt decrease the degree to which applicants have mastered a professional knowledge base or engaged in supervised practice through student teaching.

It is a very bad idea and will do further damage to students in this state.

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Posted by More ignorant tinkering with the AZ education system. on 05/28/2017 at 7:24 AM

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

My daughter attends a public high school in Tucson az. She came home complaining that her History teacher was instructing the students in the doctrine of the Muslim faith. According to her, the teacher doesn't even mention the history of America. He spends most of his time bashing President Trump and American values.. He insists that the Muslim faith is a peaceful religion and the students are given assignments and shown 'You Tube' videos in the study of Islam. According to my daughter, if anyone of the students contradict him in any fashion, he retaliates by giving the student a failing grade. Most of the students of the district are predominantly Roman Catholic. With this mind, he has cleverly placed a picture of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the class room. However, the teacher involved never mentions a single word in reference to the religious photograph. In my opinion, he's deliberately and with malice deceiving the students by making seem as though he's a friend of Catholicism and therefore opening a door of communication and trust between student and teacher for the introduction of the Muslim faith. Parents beware, get involved with your children, take the time to ask your sibling what they're being taught in your school district. P.S. My child will not be attending public school as of 2/24/2017.

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Posted by Dave D on 05/28/2017 at 5:14 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

Excellent teaching is not easy, in fact it is very difficult and can't even be achieved consistently as an individual. Most candidates going through the college of education don't have the emotional strength necessary to achieve the classroom control required to provide a great education.

That's why widening the candidate pool will increase academic gains in Arizona. Districts can train teachers much more efficiently than colleges of education. There is something toxic about colleges of education when the coefficient of a master's degree is negative. Consider this: hundreds of millions of dollars spent on master's degrees somehow end up with a teacher is can't achieve the academic gains of someone with a bachelor's degree.

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Posted by on 05/27/2017 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

"It would be good for the legislators' souls"

Sorry David, you are giving Arizona legislators credit for something they have clearly demonstrated they do not have.

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Posted by sgsmith on 05/26/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Pothole Heaven....delivered by Governor Deadbeat Ducey and his gang of Republicans, who have diverted millions of gas tax revenues away from road repair.

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Posted by BrianS on 05/26/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Hispanic Chamber applauds Ducey education, business efforts

Public Ed is so broken because Republicans have broken it.

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Posted by BrianS on 05/26/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Danehy

But you need to remember that politics is a money business and these whiners have no money. Corporations do. And sometimes it benefits everybody. Sometimes it doesn't.

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Posted by Jenny on 05/26/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Danehy

blaze. I don't see how anybody could dislike your post. Very well said.

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Posted by CW13 on 05/26/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Results-Based Funding Violates the Spirit (If Not the Letter) of Arizona's 1980 Funding Equalization Law

You forgot to mention, David Safier, that individual schools within districts -- not just districts as a whole -- have ways to supplement and skew the supposedly "equitable" distribution of funds to public schools.

Within TUSD, for example, you could use your internet research skills to compare the amount of tax credits accrued by University High School or Sam Hughes or Fruchthendler, for example, with the amounts accrued by the schools in TUSD that lost their magnet status under the Sanchez administration. You might want to make some inquiries, too, about how much these tax-credit-enriched TUSD schools raised privately on top of the inequitably distributed publicly funded tax credits they accrued. Here's one very odd example: the previous TUSD Superintendent, Sanchez, gave UHS a $10K private donation and, as though that wasn't enough inequitable favor for him to bestow on an individual school within the district he administered, made sure they were the first school in the district to receive new band uniforms paid for by some district-internal funding source he had available. This to the school that in recent years has had more public school tax credits designated to it than any other school in the district. UHS also has its own private Foundation, though last time I checked they didn't amount to much. Are they waiting until UHS gets its separate site, perhaps, before they'll call on their network to donate larger amounts?

Lots of talk about equity from certain folks when it serves them to talk about it. But start looking at the various funding quirks and exceptions-to-the-rules associated with the supposedly "equitable" public schools that just happen to be utilized by the players in the local Democratic party, and the story gets "curiouser and curiouser," as Alice would say.

But David Safier's concerns with funding "equity" and other sorts of equity always seem to stop somewhat short of turning over rocks in his own political garden and looking at what's wriggling underneath. If it didn't, he might have devoted some reporting to the Fruchthendler-Sabino plan twice put forward by the TUSD Board majority and Superintendent he supported 2013-2016 and twice denied by the authorities in the desegregation case. This district keeps creating and reinforcing inequitable conditions within itself, but when families want to use vouchers, tax credits, or ESAs to exit some of the not-on-the-A-list-of-influence schools in the district like Utterback, for example, this is called, "Welfare for the rich."

"Welfare for the rich," indeed. If the shoe fits, the constituents in certain public schools should start to wear it.

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Posted by Could we be equitable in our concerns with equity? on 05/26/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Danehy

*standing up and applauding Rick Spanier's post*

When I consider "what forces propel two presidents who could not be more different in style and demeanor from pursuing the same destructive objectives" -- all I come up with is "follow the money."

Who is being enriched? Who is being impoverished? Mainstream Democrats are bought and paid for by big corporations and untraceable campaign donations (dark money). Mainstream Republicans are bought and paid for by big corporations and untraceable campaign donations (dark money).

The whole system is corrupt, and us regular folks are suffering in so many ways.

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Posted by blaze_mason on 05/26/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Danehy

Right Joel. Whatever that meant.
Try listening to AZ/DC. He'll show you how to disagree making intelligent points without being a moron. If that's possible.

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Posted by CW13 on 05/26/2017 at 7:29 AM

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