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Re: “Trial Over TUSD's Mexican American Studies to Begin in Tucson June 26

Interesting. Re-reading Safier's piece, I note that he writes, "A lawsuit was filed" in response to the State Department of Ed ruling / TUSD Board decision, and after the judge's ruling did not get the result the filers of the suit wanted, Safier writes, "The lawyers working on the suit appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court..."

101 level composition courses warn about the "hide the agent" feature of the passive voice. ("A lawsuit was filed"... BY WHOM?) Also suspect: failures to specify name / affiliation of parties in a case: "The lawyers working on the suit": who would they be?

When attorneys are involved, always find out who they are and, more importantly, who is paying them.

Perhaps Safier will do some research to provide the background for his next blog piece: what is the "wealthy foundation" behind the case; who provided and / or provides its funding; who makes decisions about how its funds are allocated; why was this case selected as a funding target?

But don't hold your breath on that. Safier's "follow the money" instincts seem to taper off into nothingness when it comes to who is funding initiatives originating on his side of the political fence. Cf. the 2016 TUSD Board elections and his MIA coverage of the well-documented, serious matter of the ESI marketing exec donations VS. copious crap-quality speculative coverage of the supposed motives of donors to TUSD Kids First, e.g.:
https://m.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2016/10/10/more-on-the-financial-backers-of-tusd-kids-first

Whatever the case, Safier is right about one thing: this trial will be worth watching. How do our local and state level institutions function and what is the quality of oversight and decision-making in the "education" system some families in Southern Arizona must use?

We already know the answer, but why not accumulate more evidence? Great material for a book-length treatment. The genre would be farce.

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Posted by Caveat emptor. on 06/16/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Atomic Punk

Of course I do Sammy!

Stop me when I'm passing by.

All my flavors are guaranteed to satisfy.

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Posted by I'm Your Ice Cream Man on 06/16/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Atomic Punk

Hey atomic punk, do you know the ice cream man....

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Posted by Red Rocker on 06/16/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Farewell, Franzi

Interesting to see not a word about his passing in the daily star....they must have heard what Fanzi said about them over the years lol...

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Posted by danehick sux on 06/16/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Don't Forget the Coop

Why care about the golf courses?

Unless of "course" you're playing them in AZ.

But your username is Ex-Arizonan.

So, do you play elsewhere?

From what I understand, time permitting, Alice plays on a course in every city he visits.

It doesn't matter, Alice is still a worldwide phenomenon.

Not to mention an Arizona legend.

But I didn't mention that.

(Wink) ;o)

DC

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 06/16/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “The Weekly List: 16 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next Week

Hellyeah!

Hell no!

Listen to Pantera if you want to hear Vinnie Paul in a worthy band.

Hellyeah isn't worthy.

RIP Dime!

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Posted by Pantera, even Damageplan, is more worth your time on 06/16/2017 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Trial Over TUSD's Mexican American Studies to Begin in Tucson June 26

Response to review the curriculum

Your comment was world class. I don't know that it would necessarily be an ethnic studies but it lays out an approach to studying economics based on solid principles and an historical perspective.

My African American advisory group took a similar approach to creating an ethnic studies class for teachers. The course traced African American involvement in the southwest from the early 1800's forward covering the history of successful African Americans all the way through 20th century.

They and my staff not only created it, they taught it. It was something they were extremely proud of.

That work product of curriculum, lesson plans and organized classrooms never existed for TUSD MAS. It was a haphazard mess. If you wanted to create revolutionaries, they weren't doing a very good job of it. Essentially, these students were victims of a political ideology spun out of control and they were being milked for money, a lot of money.

Even this trial is an example of the money to be made in this business. A wealthy foundation gives a New York law firm $5 million dollars to beat a dead horse in pursuing this case ($5 million gets your very good lawyers, by far the most organized deposition I've ever given). There is a management book about this situation, "What to do when your horse dies."

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 06/16/2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Atomic Punk

Nobody rules these streets at night but me.

Nobody!

Ayahhh!

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Posted by The Atomic Punk on 06/16/2017 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Atomic Punk

Well said Ex-Arizonan.

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Posted by Current-Arizonan on 06/16/2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

Of course, bslap is a know-nothing repetitive troll.

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Posted by anti-bslap on 06/16/2017 at 7:39 AM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

Of course, Southern Arizona has always stood in full support of illegal immigration.

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Posted by bslap on 06/16/2017 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Farewell, Franzi

Another life that lived and loved the old pueblo, Bravo

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Posted by mboston on 06/15/2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Brave New Masters

What greasy franch fries were you smelling lady?

Posted by cetus on 06/15/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: Today's Congressional Shooting 'Is an Attack on All Who Serve and on All Who Participate in our Democracy'

@JCC, a commenter named Jay Dub posted the following on the article you linked to: "A minimal valuation of human life may be a common factor between mass shooters and people violent toward womenand I think thats a good correlation to drawbut to pretend that misogyny is the cause or catalyst for his actions doesnt pass a smell test." I think that's a sensible evaluation.

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 06/15/2017 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Don't Forget the Coop

Well...why didn't you tell us what his favorite local golf courses are? We're all wondering!

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 06/15/2017 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Atomic Punk

If you don't like it, you don't have to eat there. And it's the responsibility of the kids' parents to make sure that they eat a healthy diet overall. Don't be like one of those Adbusters posters that blames the existence of Absolut vodka for alcoholism.

In case you haven't heard, it's a free country, and individuals can take responsibility for their own health and the health of their families.

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 06/15/2017 at 7:47 PM

Re: “New Lease on Life

Such a comprehensive look at the issue. Thanks Eddie!

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Posted by Angela Alvarado Botello on 06/15/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Atomic Punk

@nutritionist...no one gives two fuks

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Posted by Your mom on 06/15/2017 at 7:28 PM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

It doesn't matter what they are opposed to, if the president wants and succeeds in actually building this wall, their point is moot. Perhaps if they thought as highly of natural born American citizens rather than the law breaking illegal border crossers, they would be applauded!

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Posted by norm9 on 06/15/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Farewell, Franzi

Are there any details about a memorial service for him?

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Posted by Don B on 06/15/2017 at 4:12 PM

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