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Re: “Reign in Tacos

Great concept. Tucson definitely needs another taco joint.

Posted by Discerning Diner on 09/21/2017 at 5:00 AM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right

The critical point is that the Tucson Unified school board should follow state law and adopt the MAS curriculum in an open meeting.

And, they should go furthrr. They should make lesson plans an easily retrievable public record.

And, the curriculum should be balanced. In the trial TUSD stated that some classes were required to say the Mayan prayer for peace and love up to five times a day. Howver, they never taught the students that the Mayans achived their dominance by slaughtering tens of thousands of their fellow indigenous tribe members by using them as target practice and ripping their hearts out of their chests while they were still alive.

Only whites appear to have been characterized as oppressors in the MAS curriculum. A formula for hate. Not good.

Posted by on 09/21/2017 at 4:31 AM

Re: “Bad Grades

Kristel Foster's quote was great. She needs to take it one step further and focus not just on growth, because focusing on any academic measure alone can dehumanizing relationships .

She needs to develop three simple measures of their schools relationship with parent, teachers and students. She doesn't need an inch thick binder, she needs a one or two page report with excellence percentages along with ten pages of suggestions by parents, teachers and students on how they can improve schools.

She needs this quarterly or monthly or weekly. When you are as large as Tucson Unified, you can pull samples of a 2,000 parents every month without oversampling. The more frequently you pulse the system the faster it will improve.

Education is all about quality of relationships and attitudes.

The number one predictor of a child's academic gain is their attitude towards school. If you are not managing relationships and attitudes, you aren't in the game.

She can pull a few umbrella questions from existing surveys that are jus sitting on shelves gathering dust. I've gathered these surveys for 30 years and, withe exception of Vail, never found a school board member who knew their excellence numbers within 40%. That's why these critical relationship ship numbers haven't improved for the nation in the last 47 years of Gallup data.

Nationwide, only 24% of parents rated their child's school an A school in 2015.

What is that number in Tucson Unified?

In Vail, that number is 67%.

I would suggest that you add an "A+" to the survey choices. Nationwide, only 9% of parents rate their child's school an A+. Leaders get very uncomfortable when the score is 9%.

Done perfectly you could improve that number 7 points a year for the next decade and move your student growth percentiles from the 50th prrcentile to the 70th percentile, well ahead of BASIS at the 62nd percentile.

Done well, you could get two points a year.

On your present course Tucson Unified is flatlined at mediocrity.

Posted by on 09/21/2017 at 4:09 AM

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