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Re: “San Antonio's Pre-K Program

bslap, I don't think you get IT, grades k-12 are all a taxpayer-funded "Youth-Sitting Service"; the age of the students attending school is not really the issue. A primary reason for public schools, and schools in general, is to provide a safe, secure place for our youth to be. Can you image what our society would be like if there were thousands of children (5 to 18) just hanging out around the house, the streets, parks, etc? Chaos. And yes, schools are also set up for learning.

Back to preschool education, baby sitting, the needs of our society have changed drastically during the past 80 years, as the result of the pill and equal opportunity for women, and technological advances, e.g.,dishwashers, frozen food, etc. Public schools reflect the needs of society. Society has changed and so will schools, and like or not, taxpayer supported preschool education will become part of change and our society will be better for IT.

Posted by DennyG on 08/21/2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Ally Miller Chickens Out: Under Fire for 'White Pride' Comments, Supervisor Skips Today's Board Meeting

Ally continues to be the poster child for crappy public service. When is she NOT making an embarrassement of herself and her constituents with her self serving, entitled, privileged hissy fits and lies?

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Posted by Teala Smith on 08/21/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Ally Miller Chickens Out: Under Fire for 'White Pride' Comments, Supervisor Skips Today's Board Meeting

Signed, Ally's mom.

Coward. If she doesn't want to do the job she should quit.

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Posted by Combat Guido on 08/21/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Ally Miller Chickens Out: Under Fire for 'White Pride' Comments, Supervisor Skips Today's Board Meeting

There is nothing wrong with white people adopting a positive view of their collective racial identity and working together to advance their common interests. We are now living in the age of identity politics for everyone.

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Posted by Nathan K on 08/21/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Ally Miller Chickens Out: Under Fire for 'White Pride' Comments, Supervisor Skips Today's Board Meeting

White pride? Sounds more like white flight.

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Posted by Peabo on 08/21/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “San Antonio's Pre-K Program

bslap I protest. Some people do like public education and TUSD and spend their/our lives trying to improve it. In any case Strong Start is not even about TUSD, its about preschoolers. I suppose if you were raised without using any public services as a youngster then you can be a bitter and selfish oldster now. But my guess is that that was not the case. We all pretty much used services, like roads, telephones (at that time) and other items that were heavily subisidized by taxpayers.To be so selfish about paying forward what someone paid forward for you is just downright egotistical and shortsighted. This is what societies do for one another.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 08/21/2017 at 8:21 AM

Re: “San Antonio's Pre-K Program

Strong Start will never pass. It's completely insane to set up a taxpayer-funded baby-sitting service when our roads are crumbling.
Plus no one likes TUSD.

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Posted by bslap on 08/21/2017 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Paul Durham for City Council

"...and she received sustained applause from the audience (no one clapped at all for the two men)."
Is this how we judge candidates now? Now wonder we have a reality star stinking up the White House.
The fact that Felicia didn't see fit to vote in local elections until two years ago holds a lot more significance than any personality politics. And it's a deal-breaker to boot.

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Posted by Peabo on 08/19/2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Your Indispensable Back-To-College Guide

... and when you do end up in the hospital after your best friends poured your besotted butt from their car and dumped you on the curb next to the emergency room entrance, devoid of your identification, wallet, underwear and dignity, please be kind to the healthcare workers who had nothing to do with your current situation and may have to care for someone who was shot, stabbed or has a more serious medical emergency, even though all your other best friends who enabled your alcohol or drug abuse are taking up all the seating in the emergency room waiting room texting and calling all your other, other best friends "OMG my BFF is in the hospital and they won't let me go back, and BTW bring me a large Starbucks because the vending machines in this place are SO lame."

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/19/2017 at 5:51 PM

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

The city basically got it for free. Perhaps they could donate it -- for free -- to the history museum in Columbus, New Mexico, where it could be displayed in a historical context, and replace it with a full-scale statue of Ofelia Zepeda sitting on a pedestal reading her poems to children.

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/19/2017 at 5:27 PM

Re: “TUSD Enrollment, 2000 to 2017

I find Huppenthal's comments and statistics suspicious at best, and often knowingly either hyper overstated or hyper-understated to suit his purposes. Having listened to him at length in sworn testimony, I know he cannot be relied upon to tell the truth or to answer questions directly. He always has an axe to grind. During his lamentable term in office, he deliberately ignored specific evidence concerning statists on test scores, etc. presented to his office. Therefore, I await with interest responses from a competent observer on the interesting data Safier presents.

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/19/2017 at 2:59 PM

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 jhuppent@hotmail.com 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

Wtf

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: http://blogforarizona.net/calendar-2/. 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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/upshot/…

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

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