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Re: “A Look At TUSD's AzMERIT Scores

"They only test what's testable in a fill-in-the-bubble format" - very true, but, on average, I'd bet the students who can reason well and write well also do well on the tests. You have to measure somehow or you can never know what is improving and the state is too lazy to actually have more meaningful tests.
You can blame high rates of immigration of poor and unskilled people from countries with little tradition of education for most of TUSD's issues.

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Posted by bslap on 08/15/2017 at 6:01 AM

Re: “A Needed Prescription

What a heroic photo! What a huge amount of free publicity for heroic McSally! What a total crock! This isn't reporting, its dictation, or copy and paste from press releases. It's as if McSally has no past history on this issue at all, as if she awoke one day and said, out of the goodness of her heart, "Let's fix this and be bipartisan." The unchallenged assertion that McSally is "leading" this effort is typical of the press release style of the piece. Honestly, we expect more from the Weekly.

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Posted by Monica Bauer on 08/13/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Results-Based Funding. The Inequity Will Increase After This School Year

This will be a fairly pure experiment as to whether money can affect outcomes in education. We have 5 years of relative growth data comparing all the schools.

Will these schools lurch up relative to all the other schools or will they lurch down from unintended and unforseen consequences of this funding technique?

Can the AZMerit test with its relatively low level of security handle the stress?

This policy is large, significant and sudden - a clean experiment that has been tried over and over again in the past.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 08/13/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Brian Smith and et al leftists cannot fathom ideas which don't coincide with their distorted view of reality.
I enjoyed in college the lame communist instructor who would say "if you don't like my politics OUT."
He wouldn't have tolerated my politics. That's what communism is all about "MIND CONTROL."
So Brian, quit your foolishness and publish something worth reading that's not full of indoctrinational phrases and hate of EVERYONE who disagrees with your distorted view of reality.... Mammey

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Posted by Mammey on 08/13/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “RIP Blood Spasm Frontman and Underground Tucson Legend ('We Got Cactus'), Bob McKinley

A kind and loving friend, Bob was a rare man with whom you could disagree wholeheartedly about politics in the state of society yet still be his best friend. He will live on through his music and his friends

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Posted by Dragna Aoine on 08/11/2017 at 8:40 PM

Re: “The Economic and Educational Inequity of Results-Based Funding

As long as we have high rates of immigration, we will lack the social cohesion to adequately fund poorer schools. It's basic in-group/out-group dynamics. But the cheap labor industries are still in charge in Washington and have successfully brainwashed the entire left into believing that reducing immigration is equivalent to racism, so don't expect a change any time soon.

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Posted by bslap on 08/11/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Triple Play

Rick and Juan:
The law is that if you are a registered independent, you have the right to participate in any party's primary simply by requesting the ballot of that party. The city of Tucson's primary-election pamphlet (which came in the mail the other day) says:

"If you are registered as Independent, as No Party Preference, or as a member of a political party other than Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, or Green Party, you may vote in the Primary election [by requesting the ballot for that party]. . . . By voting for one of these parties, it WILL NOT change your political party status. . . . You may only vote in ONE party's Primary Election."

I'm amazed that people don't know this, but I hope this helps other independents.

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Posted by blaze_mason on 08/11/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Procol Harum's 'A Salty Dog'

I have been a long time fan of Procol Harum and seen them everytime they've played in the US. One of my favorites was, perhaps the first, at Fillmore East in New York in the early '70s. Highlight of the show was the darkened stage as a smoke machine created a low dense fog that flowed off the edge into the audience as Procol Harum did A Salty Dog complete with ships bells and seagull caws. A chills up the spine moment!

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Posted by Filterman on 08/11/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “The Economic and Educational Inequity of Results-Based Funding

High IQ parents tend to be wealthy, and to live in wealthy school districts. They also tend to have IQ children, who will tend to learn things quickly and do well on standardized tests. So, we should expect that wealthy school districts will score higher than poorer school districts on standardized tests because the children in wealthier districts are, on average, probably brighter. So none of this should be surprising to anyone.

This doesn't say anything, of course, about whether we ought to be giving smarter kids more education money than dimmer kids. Maybe not.

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Posted by Nathan K on 08/11/2017 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Another Weekly sponsored liberal rant, YAWN

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Posted by Mark Robert Heywood on 08/11/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “A Certifiable Strategy

By my count, this is the third time Safier has written this exact same piece.

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Posted by Nathan K on 08/11/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “The Economic and Educational Inequity of Results-Based Funding

And there my friends goes the concept of Democracy out the window as an Oligarchy starts to dictate how everything will operate from their perspective. Time to look for a better Democracy to move to because there's so little of this one left to support. I heard things are really nice in Australia and New Zealand. Where's my passport?

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Posted by Beneal Good on 08/11/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “A Needed Prescription

This is just another horrible story. This is some love fest for this woman who voted to just strip us of everything... She has no intentions of doing anything except towing the party line. Shame on the author for spreading this

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Posted by Galen Adams on 08/10/2017 at 11:01 PM

Re: “A Needed Prescription

It would be hard to overstate the naivete exemplified in this piece, or the lack of any attempt at investigative journalism. Rep. McSally has been a big part of the problem, not of the solution, with her gung-ho cheerleading for passage of the cruel and wildly unpopular AHCA. I expect better from the Weekly.

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Posted by Steve Diamond on 08/10/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Triple Play

Thanks Juan! Thought that was the case, won't be able to vote for any of these worthy candidates in my own ward.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/10/2017 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Triple Play

Rick, as a long time independent, my experience is that you cannot vote in either parties, only in the general election.
BTW, I don't consider "independent" to be a party. I vote for the party of "me". If it is good for me, I vote "yes".

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Posted by Juan Valdez on 08/10/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Triple Play

To clarify: I really don't know if I, an independent, can vote in the Democratic primary. anyone know?

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/10/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “A Needed Prescription

Rookie reporter's work. #sad

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 08/10/2017 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Under Obummer the coal industry was on death's door step. Trump is bringing it back to life, putting thousands of miners back to work. You know, all those coal miners living in mansions and driving BMWs.
Back in N.Y. I worked for the Otis Elevator Co. After I moved here I went to work for the Ramada Hotel chain. Both huge mega buck corporations run by rich, greedy capitalists. But, you know what? They gave me a job to go to every day and earn a living to support my family. Just think, without them I could of sat on my ass and collected welfare and food stamps.
People like you make me sick, but in a way I pity you.

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Posted by CW13 on 08/10/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

I've got some songs for you.
Hillary and her backers on Election day.
Don't let me down. The Beatles
Knock on wood. Sam and Dave.
Hillary and her backers the next day.
Tears on my pillow. Little Anthony and the Imperials.
I'll cry instead. The Beatles.
Trump supporters after the election.
The times they are a changin'. Bob Dylan
I'm so glad. Cream.
Me. As I watched Crooked Hillary and Billdo fade into the sunset.
Sweet Virginia. The Stones. Gotta scrape the shit right off your shoes!!

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Posted by CW13 on 08/10/2017 at 1:20 PM

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