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Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Why doesn't someone propose using the 3 money losing Pre-Ks in TUSD. They are underutilized, over funded, and mismanaged. The disgraced former director had to move to the Patagonia Superintendent job to avoid firing. TUSD wants more enrollment so use their Pre-Ks as a pipeline. Taxpayers are already paying anyway..,,

Posted by Disgusted TUSD Taxpayer on 10/18/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Results-Based Funding: The Transition From Test Scores To School Grades

bslap, is funding the issue? I would note that TUSD high schools spend about $300 more per pupil on instruction than CFSD16, which receives no deseg funds.

On David's article, I'll just state the obvious. If schools like Basis have their students performing at their potential on standardized test, they are at their performance ceiling, and will not be able to show year over year improvement. It seems unfair to give them "Bs" and "Cs" under those circumstances.

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Posted by Nathan K on 10/18/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Danehy

The interesting thing is that the bump stock made his aim erratic, he would have been able to kill a lot more people with far more precision had he not used the bump stock, and used actual hunting ammunition rather than military full metal jacket ammo. We should be thankful that those poor decisions in his planning reduced the number of casualties. Keep in mind that he shot over 500 people and the vast majority of them survived their injuries, thank God!

Even the military, who issues fully automatic weapons to our soldiers, recommends that fully automatic fire not be used except in certain circumstances...

Bump stocks are crap, I have no desire to own one, but people have the right to own one if they wish and can use it responsibly.
It is awful, but we are better off with United States citizens being able to keep and bear arms, than we would be under a tyranny. Think of how many hundreds of millions of people have died over the past century because they lived in countries which did not recognize the right to keep and bear arms, communism alone has killed over 100 million people.

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Posted by Michael Hecht on 10/18/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Is the Strong Start Tucson Initiative a Good Idea?

Sorry but I now see the criteria used used to hire the Police Chief, by the Mayor and Council. The fewer decisions they make, the safer we all are. I will vote NO on 204.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/18/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Is the Strong Start Tucson Initiative a Good Idea?

"Should we really trust all those unknowns to a seven member committee?"

David,
Here's one of the reasons I changed my mind and will vote yes on 204:
Many of the people with whom I volunteer are retired teachers or are still teaching. They are the kinds of people that will be appointed by mayor and council to the commission. My conversations with them showed me that teachers are obsessed (I don't think that's too strong of a word) with quality education.
I trust them to come up with a plan that benefits children.
Also: the commission's meetings will be public, must follow open meeting laws, and will be open to public input.
A.M. Kennedy

Posted by A.M. Kennedy on 10/18/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Results-Based Funding: The Transition From Test Scores To School Grades

So long as most of the poor schools are composed of immigrants (legal and illegal) and their children there will be little or no appetite for funding them on par with children of American citizens.

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Posted by bslap on 10/18/2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Let's Listen To That Awesome New Calexico Single

And is Tucson a concert date?!

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Posted by Wil Schuiteman on 10/18/2017 at 6:32 AM

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