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Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

Let's look at both 2011 and 2015 8th grade math data to examine two questions. 1) Does the higher spending by Wisconsin give them an advantage over Arizona? 2) Did Wisconsin score different in 2015 than they did in 2011?

The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the Gold standard by which such questions are answered.

Arizona Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics outscored Wisconsin Whites, Blacks and Hispanics and the differences were statistically significant for all but the White scores. So, no, their higher spending doesn't give them an advantage over us.

Wisconsin Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics outscored the nation by 2, -8, and 0 points in 2011. In 2015, they outscored the nation by 6, -10 and -1 points. Only the shift in the White score was statistically significant. The only evidence we have is that White students in Wisconsin improved relative to the nation.

You have a campfire story to build a mythology. It may be true, it may not be true. Who knows?

Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 11/23/2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Come to an Adios

Dear Mexican,
Thank you for your column. Perhaps a book is the next step? Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best.

Posted by Maeve Robertson on 11/23/2017 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Danehy

La Placita being gentrified? That brings back memories from the 70's when KRQQ was a great rock station and located there. I had to go over there a few times to pick up cheesy prizes. They had a "name that tune" thing early in the morning and I was able to beat others through the antiquated mechanical telephone network of the time to be first to name the tune. I may even still have one of the T-shirts but time has taken it's toll and it wouldn't fit any more. :-)

I attended the AMC 3 at La Placita a few times but can't even begin to remember when it was no longer a relevant place to go.

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Posted by gcohn on 11/23/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Years ago he used to wear a motorcycle helmet. Does anyone remember that? I saw him all the time when I worked inthat area years ago.

Posted by Dust Bunny Cassel on 11/23/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

Consistent with the right wing assault in education is the pure hypocrisy in transparency. They demand it from teacher unions, performance audits and letter grades for school districts and boards, but want to make sure to hide everything they do. Hidden campaign money, hidden donors, hidden organizations, hidden curriculum, non accountability for charters and vouchers.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 11/23/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Strip Search

Wow, fantastic article! CONGRATULATIONS Gaza Strip and thank you Weekly for recognizing a long standing and hard working Tucson talent. These guys have been sleepers

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Posted by ICE on 11/23/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Shifting Gears

A terrible plan. Sales tax disproportionately hits middle and lower income people, which also makes it bad for business. Gas taxes should be paying for road maintenance and improvement. The State legislature needs to finally increase the gas tax and direct funding to counties and municipalities. This whole "no tax" and "starve the beast" mentality of the Republican owned and operated Arizona State legislature continues to prove itself a failure.

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Posted by Robin Steinberg 1 on 11/23/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl

Two words: Jerry Riopelle.

Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 11/23/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

In a context like the current one, where Walker, Brownback, Ducey and their ilk are gunning for worker protections and universal education, would it be possible for the left to unite behind concepts like human dignity, solidarity in pursuing the common good, workers rights to a just share in the fruits of economic gain their labor produces, and the duty of caring for the needy? Probably not, given the way the left has been behaving since November 2016. Peter Steinfels has a good essay on the topic in the most recent issue of Commonweal. It is entitled, Watching the Left Castrate Itself: A Lesson?

Some interesting questions for the anti-voucher camp to contemplate in their spare time, when theyre not busy running divisive campaigns like SOS that limit the ability of the disadvantaged to access good education: what is the largest membership organization in the world, whose leader has recently spoken openly and repeatedly about the dangers of unregulated capitalism and failing to structure society to protect the needy? What role has this organization played in educating millions of people to be effective advocates for human dignity, the common good, just wages, and concern for the poor and the oppressed? What are you actually doing when your policy initiatives undermine and economically penalize this organizations educational institutions? Cf. the Steinfels article hes got exactly the right figurative language to describe it.

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Posted by Some questions the left should ask itself: on 11/23/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Shifting Gears

Pima County does not have a sales tax? Can you spell R.T.A.? Why do you continue to perpetuate this myth?

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Posted by Scott Egan 1 on 11/23/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

And to Wisconsin State Representative, up your nose with a rubber hose.

That said, it is past time for teachers and their union representatives to acknowledge they are on the wrong side of history. Unionism is dying the slow death of attrition with the remaining membership nearly exclusively members of publicly supported workplaces. They are too easy a mark.

Public sector employees need a new business plan and new tactics to survive, much less prosper as their livelihoods become even more precarious. They are getting their asses kicked nationally and as the last election showed, they are being taken less seriously as a reliable bloc of supporters.

Times are changing way too fast. Einstein was right. Get your collective acts together.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 11/23/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Seriously? What a waste of taxpayer resources.

Posted by tontonbob on 11/23/2017 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

A friend has been ranting that, 'throwing money at the problem isn't going to solve it' - for many years now. But all of a sudden, when vouchers became available (to the rich), he's willing to try ANYTHING to improve education. Even throwing money at it.

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Posted by W Corvi on 11/23/2017 at 2:58 AM

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