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Re: “Catalina Foothills Districts Earns Bragging Rights With Its AzMERIT Scores (Or Maybe Not)

Where's the punchline, David? You know what it is, right? SES / home values and parent education levels in the neighborhoods surrounding those two schools and SES and parent education levels of many if not all of those who open enroll. If TUSD schools were integrated by SES and parent education levels, would these two schools be the stand-outs they are?

So what are you trying to highlight, TUSD's chronic failures to integrate? Its decades-long persistence in maintaining enclave schools where people who live in the right neighborhoods can get services superior to what is available even in the wealthy Catalina Foothills school district, while people who live on the South and West sides of TUSD distinctly do NOT get those test scores -- or the kind of staff and investment available in those schools -- out of TUSD? How about making one of your fabulous graphs showing teacher vacancy rates at Fruchthendler and Sam Hughes vs. south and west side TUSD schools or average years of experience of teaching staff in Fruchthendler and Sam Hughes VS. south and west side schools? Or graphs showing differences in supplementary private investment and tax credit investment in those schools vs. other schools in TUSD?

I really don't understand the point you're trying to make here. Is it that even failing TUSD can do well teaching rich kids whose parents voluntarily invest in their schools, or is it that there are some significant failures of justice in resource allocation in TUSD? Or both?

Do tell.

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Posted by What's the moral of the story here? on 09/28/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Cinema Clips: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

It is Amazing!! tear-jerker, slice of life, extraordinary story. 10/10 i would give this movie!

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Posted by ACER on 09/28/2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Sports Scandal Rocks UA Basketball Program

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbPi00k_ME

Shocked I say.....

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Posted by Jim on 09/28/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Sports Scandal Rocks UA Basketball Program

The Athletic Program at the University of Arizona, as with other Universities in this Country, creates the environment for Corruption that we are currently witnessing. This is Big Business!!... providing millions of dollars for the University and, as well, are Feeder Programs for Professional Sports. The Athletic Programs, as such, must be dismantled and restructured.

The University, Board of Reagents and University Administration, kowtows to Alumni that support the Athletic Programs as they current exist. Why?...the $$$$$ that the "donate"....and...their Identity as a Person is inextricable linked to these Athletic Program providing an opportunity to participate in Home Game "tailgating"...a euphemism for a University sponsored Bacchanalia!

It remain to be seen, if the new UofA President, Dr. Bobby Robins, has the Interest, Courage, and Clout to dismantled and restructured the Athletic Program. The University is First and Foremost an Academic Institution...NOT a Feeder Institution for Professional Sports!!!

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 09/28/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Sports Scandal Rocks UA Basketball Program

Despite rampant misspellings in the media, Book Richardson's name is Emanuel--one m, one n.

If you read the dates and circumstances given in the actual complaint, it's almost certain that he passed $15k to Jahvon Quinerly (not Grimes, and not his mom). In fact, the complaint explains that his mom demanded more money from Book, apparently unaware that her son had already cashed in, or yes, maybe upset that he didn't get more.

Yeah, yeah, Lute is a Hall of Fame coach, all the respect in the world. But under his leadership, Jason Terry was busted taking money from an agent 20 years ago, and later Arizona was busted for what were admittedly relatively minor infractions, but there were penalties assessed and they did have to vacate victories and an NCAA tournament appearance, which punched a hole in Lute's consecutive NCAA tournament appearance streak.

The point is that college basketball has been corrupted by the enormous sums of money swirling around it for decades. It's a multi-billion-dollar industry in which the principal employees get paid nothing, ostensibly--a recipe for corruption if I've ever heard one.

This will turn out much like the steroid scandal in baseball. The open secret will become a painfully clear fact--cheating and corruption are business as usual, especially for the high end schools.

In order for this problem to really be addressed, the mighty must fall. Louisville is obviously down already, but Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, and yes, even the saintly and untouchable Puke University, must be exposed and punished. The truth must be revealed in order to find a way out of this mess. MLB did not address steroids until some of the best players of all time had been exposed and punished.

Very sad that Arizona appeared at the tip of this iceberg and a great guy like Book took the first blow. No doubt he did it to compete in a culture of corruption and impunity that was created by the big programs mentioned above (and many others) and tolerated by the NCAA, which had no interest in staining its own brand by prosecuting its own legends. In such a climate, it's not surprising that even good people like Book got sucked into the sewer in their efforts to compete at the highest level and win championships.

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Posted by skinnyman on 09/28/2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Have a Little Faith

Wonderful article! I forwarded it to several young people.
Mother of a lesbian young woman and a granddaughter also lesbian.
I will be visiting your church soon.
Thank you

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Posted by Peggy Wright Foster on 09/28/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Sports Scandal Rocks UA Basketball Program

so dd, you're the victim here? U of A basketball has and will continue to be great,
and....broaden your view, if embarrassment is the thing you choose to feel as an alum, meh!

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Posted by laddderflappy on 09/28/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Danehy

I dare you to actually go visit a charter school in Tucson before you write another article that is so anti-charter school. My son attends a charter high school that has a location in mid-town and one in the Northwest, and no, it is not Basis. The kids/parents choose to attend for various reasons, but many need to have jobs, so a school that has two different sessions is helpful to their situations, they can go to school and then go to work in the early afternoon. Some kids don't like or fit into the traditional culture of a high school having, been bullied by other students (which is NOT tolerated at this HS) or the they just want to graduate asap since this is possible to do it at your own pace. There are also special needs kids that the public schools can't seem to find a place for (that's my situation) and they are a lot smaller and more adaptable then the public school. So get the chip of your shoulder and go beyond your hate of Basis and see what other low profile charter schools are all about, who they serve and why they are there.

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Posted by AZMom on 09/28/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Danehy

Charter Schools is just another way for politicians to funnel public money into private coffers. They could care less about the education that students get. Charter schools allow the owners to continue funneling money back into the politicians re-election campaigns so that both parties continue to benefit from their mutual agreement. Also charter schools were devised by Republicans to get rid of or weaken the Teachers Union as well. Killing two birds with the same stone is a Republican trait.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 09/28/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Danehy

A few years ago I had a temp job at a charter school on Prince in which not one single teacher presented lessons to students. Packets were given to students who were interested in them, but most kids just sat around all day and talked with their friends. I've worked in numerous public schools as well, and almost every teacher I encountered was trying to do his or her best with the circumstances handed to them.

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Posted by Jamie Massey on 09/28/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Can High School Athletes Take a Knee?

Wayne, we may thrive despite Trump's complete narcissism and inepititude. If he doesn't destroy the country first, or give the entire thing away to corporate financial greed.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 09/28/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Out With a Whimper

Dear Arizona,
Thanks for housing the anti-pot morons.

Sincerely, Oregon

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Posted by DeDe Johnson on 09/28/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Sports Scandal Rocks UA Basketball Program

The U of A basketball team used to be great under Lute. Now we alum just get to be embarrassed.

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Posted by DeDe Johnson on 09/28/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

Grijalva is a Pied Piper who, along with other Left Wingers, is responsible for thousands of deaths of those who died illegally coming here, thousands of children who were sold into sexual slavery, hundreds of thousands who were raped, and ten million or more who now fear deportation.

Guess What?

For two decades, Grijalva's support for Pro-Raza Open Border policy, or "aiding and abetting, enticing and inviting or otherwise encouraging the illegal entry of Mexico's poor for economic and political exploitation" has created misery that is un-measurable in its dimensions, billions of dollars of extra profit for fat-cat republican employers looking to drive down the value of labor, and 95% of the case load (EMPLOYMENT) for the judges employed in Arizona's District Courts, for which they are GRATEFUL.

Read the Walrus and the Carpenter. Of course the Mexican poor are the young oysters who leave their oyster beds only to be eaten.

How else did Grijalva get so fat?

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Posted by KitWarden on 09/28/2017 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Danehy

"And if you can't satisfy that fake-ass board, that's like getting a D-minus from your mom when you're home-schooled." LOL

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Posted by Parent X on 09/28/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Danehy

Define sacred public trust. This language indicates you are not genuine in seeking accountability, responsibility for waste of taxpayer dollars

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 09/28/2017 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Congressman in Cuffs

Grijalva is a Pied Piper who, along with other Left Wingers, is responsible for thousands of deaths of those who died illegally coming here, thousands of children who were sold into sexual slavery, hundreds of thousands who were raped, and ten million or more who now fear deportation.

Guess What?

For two decades, Grijalva's support for Pro-Raza Open Border policy, or "aiding and abetting, enticing and inviting or otherwise encouraging the illegal entry of Mexico's poor for economic and political exploitation" has created misery that is un-measurable in its dimensions, billions of dollars of extra profit for fat-cat republican employers looking to drive down the value of labor, and 95% of the case load (EMPLOYMENT) for the judges employed in Arizona's District Courts, for which they are GRATEFUL.

Read the Walrus and the Carpenter. Of course the Mexican poor are the young oysters who leave their oyster beds only to be eaten.

How else did Grijalva get so fat?

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Posted by KitWarden on 09/28/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Have a Little Faith

What a fantastic article, thanks.

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Posted by bslap on 09/28/2017 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Congressman in Cuffs

What an embarassment: our Congressional representative arrested like a common criminal.
Let's face it, the only immigration policy Grijalva would support is automatic American citizenship for every Mexican citizen that requests it.

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Posted by bslap on 09/28/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Danehy

This member of a two-parent white household loves our charter school. They have discipline, and dress standards, and high teacher-student ratio, and teachers who haven't been completely beaten down by the system. Those are all horrible things, I know. If we were proper liberals we should have our kids in the local 2,000 kid mediocre-or-worse high school. They could be part of a social engineering experiment by the pols on the TUSD school board.

* As always, full disclosure, I am that most evil thing in the world: a straight, white male.

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Posted by bslap on 09/28/2017 at 6:31 AM

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