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

In the comment stream on his last blog, Safier was asked to watch the June 13 TUSD Board meeting and to honestly ask and answer for himself these questions: "Are this district's problems stemming only from insufficient funding? Will additional funding necessarily fix its problems?" I hope he will actually watch the meeting once it's been posted on the district's website and answer those questions. Among other things to be viewed in that Board meeting is an extended debate (really, "debate" is too dignified a term for that exchange -- "extended bicker" would be better) between Adelita Grijalva and Mark Stegeman about whether and to what extent nineteen administrator contracts had to be understood in detail by the Board before the Board voted to approve them. As usual, the matter was somewhat opaque. It wasn't entirely clear in what form the contracts had been received by Board members (and when) so that they could understand what they were voting on. Another interesting passage in the meeting was when the African American plaintiffs' representative spoke in the Call to the Audience, seeming to complain that students were being asked to pay out of pocket for summer coursework that should have been funded by desegregation and / or tax credit funds. It sounded like requests had been made for funding that should have been authorized that had not received a response.

There are parallels in the news coverage of Uber and the London subsidized housing fire with what many of us who have observed TUSD governance and administration hear as a chronic complaint of constituents in the district: whatever is done is done poorly, without following proper professional protocols, without sufficient regard for the truth, and without being responsive to constituent concerns. Those are serious problems in an educational institution serving close to 50,000 students. The community needs to hear constituents' concerns, understand them, and address them.

In this piece, Safier does the classic pivot to the only card he and other defenders of the district have to play: TUSD is the victim of evil Republicans, of their draconian funding cuts and their punitive and inappropriate response to Huerta's comment and the MAS curricula.

"Republicans hate Latinos." Whatever position you take on responsible social justice curricula -- I strongly support them -- how can we say that that statement is anything but false and defamatory? There are many aspects of Horne's and Huppenthal's and the Arizona legislature's response to the statement and to the MAS curricula that could and should be criticized, but perhaps we should also acknowledge that the statement that initiated the controversy never should have been made to a group of underage students participating in a publicly funded educational program. It is false and it is the kind of statement that will inspire unthinking prejudice rather than critical thinking and awareness of complexity, exactly the opposite of what we need students to learn in school.

I fully expect Safier and his network to use this trial and the mistakes made by the state in handling MAS
to play up their favorite theme: TUSD as a victim, Republicans as its evil persecutors.

Caveat emptor: the drama is a little more complicated than that, and if it's the best interests of students we hope to serve and defend, we'll need to learn to see shades of gray, spot malfeasance on both sides of the aisle, and reject attempts to rally the masses around simplistic black-and-white inflammatory statements and narratives.

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Posted by Caveat emptor. on 06/15/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Oh my. What a beautiful and deserving tribute to a fantastic man. I'm proud to be his daughter in law. Xo

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Posted by Erika on 06/15/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

Well the City and County supervisors that voted for the resolution to oppose can be prepared to be VOTED OUT.

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Posted by Mark Robert Heywood on 06/15/2017 at 8:23 AM

Re: “God On Our Side

The performance times are at 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays. You can visit the site for more information, or call the theater at 207-2491. Also, the listing for the show is on this site and in the paper.

Posted by Larry Fuller on 06/15/2017 at 7:54 AM

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

MAS may be a good idea, but if run by the same band of activists, it's a bad idea. Using public money and children to accomplish your social engineering goals is pretty despicable.

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Posted by bslap on 06/15/2017 at 7:35 AM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

NO AMOUNT OF BLOOD, Rape of Women, Child Sexual Slavery, or Human Misery will satisfy the political delusions of THESE self righteous supporters of Open Border Policy as they CONTINUE to promulgate the "Raza Revolution" and "Aid and Abet, Entice and Invite and otherwise to ENCOURAGE the illegal entry of impoverished Mexican Citizens for political and economic exploitation!!!

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Posted by KitWarden on 06/15/2017 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Farewell, Franzi

Franzi was Franzi. That's the best thing I could say about him, or anybody. I will miss him. Pima County ought to build a great big statue of him, just so he can come back and scream about it.

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 06/15/2017 at 6:05 AM

Re: “14th Grade Is the New 12th Grade

Not one Republican legislator should dare say, "we just don't have the money," when they have billions in tax credits, tax exemptions, exemptions from sales and income taxes, corporate giveaways economic"freedom " programs, and millions for private schools laundered like drug money. (Voila! See its magically not public money anymore!). Every lost revenue item, surely essentially to the State economic development effort. Guess what Jay Lawrence, $500 million is only $500 per student statewide, moving us all the way up to 49th!

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 06/14/2017 at 10:28 PM

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

Hey P Mason, from the sound of it, it could be a bench trial, not a jury trial.

Juries are finders of fact, not arbiters of law.

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Posted by Steve M on 06/14/2017 at 10:00 PM

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

Clarence D, the New York Times says the suspect was distraught over Trump's election. I haven't read the whole piece, but he doesn't sound like a right-winger to me. Wackos can come from all over the political spectrum, IMHO.

Anyway, I'm glad to see that Giffords has slowly but surely made some recovery. I remember when she could barely speak in the wake of the shooting. We're all rooting for you, G.G. Don't give up.

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 06/14/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Standing O

@HumanBean, I grow weary of your idiocy.

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Posted by donkiyoti on 06/14/2017 at 4:23 PM

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

This guy was probably a right wing wacko pushed to the edge by talk radio.

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Posted by Clarence D on 06/14/2017 at 3:31 PM

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

Let us also remember in our prayers the following victims of our Democracy:

President Abraham Lincoln, as well as the families of: President John F Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Senator Robert F Kennedy.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 06/14/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “14th Grade Is the New 12th Grade

The issues for college are even more intense than the issues for k-12. There have been comprehensive longitudinal studies of University students. The results are devastating. Fifty percent of students who survive two years in college show no signs of cognitive gains. Think about that, 42% of students are so dissatisfied they don't return for a second year of college at that school. 30% don't return to college at all. They get it - for most students at most colleges, college is a zero value added environment. They are cows being milked for money.

Think about that. They have piled on debt to their eyeballs and all they have to show for it are memories of hook ups and beer parties.

As the percentage of people with college degrees has risen, the percentage of people with college degrees not in the workforce has risen right in concert.

The Board of Regents (I attended these meetings for four years) is inundated with data that wouldn't survive a freshman econometric course. We all know that College graduates make more money than high school graduates but how much of that is ****caused**** by college and to what degree is college just a very expensive filter or gauntlet that everyone must run through to participate in society?

In Econometrics, this is called specification error - earnings are a function of whether you graduated from college or not.

College (NAU) transformed my life and certainly they transform many people who go on to lead very accomplished lives. But, the data says they can do much, much more for many more students.

Over the last decade and a half, university quality in Arizona has steadily been on the rise - 1 percentage point a year when 7 percentage points are possible and we have the leadership in place to achieve 7 points. And, guess what, that coincided with increasing the student responsibility for tuition, not reducing it.

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Posted by on 06/14/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “14th Grade Is the New 12th Grade

Military spending is budgeted at $824.7 billion. The biggest expense is the Department of Defense base budget, at $574.5 billion. Overseas Contingency Operations will cost $76.6 billion.

Mandatory spending is $2.535 trillion. Social Security is by far the biggest expense, at $1.005 trillion. Medicare is next, at $582 billion, followed by Medicaid at $404 billion.

2017 Budget

(Trillion is larger than billion)

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Posted by Make America, Don't Take America! on 06/14/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “14th Grade Is the New 12th Grade

College is necessary to TUSD grads because as the Tucson community allows members of the district's governing board to continue their destructive grandstanding, conspicuous extended absences from the podium while business is conducted, bickering and infighting, the weaknesses in the quality of services the district delivers to its forty-something thousand students never get addressed, much less fixed.

Seriously, David. I ask you to watch the entire Board meeting that took place last night from start to finish once it is posted on the district's website. The June 13 meeting will be posted on this web page within the next few days:

That what was recorded in the TUSD board room last night can take place in the governance of an educational institution serving tens of thousands of students is an embarrassment to Tucson, to Arizona, and to the country as a whole. Ducey is bad, but how could it benefit the state to have Garcia, a firm friend of TUSD's 2013-2016 Board majority, two of whom are still on that board and contributing actively to its ongoing dysfunction and discord, as CEO of our state?

Are this district's problems stemming only from insufficient funding? Will additional funding necessarily fix its problems? Please watch last night's proceedings of that group of elected officials, as parents and community members who have the misfortune to be directly affected by this degenerate district's governance decisions regularly have to do, and ask and answer that question honestly for yourself.

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Posted by Will not vote for someone who endorses TUSD's dysfunction. on 06/14/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “14th Grade Is the New 12th Grade

You bunched together multiple sectors, military is the biggest by itself, i didnt say it constituted a majority. And that chart is from 2015 and will be erroneous if trumps budget gets through…

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Posted by Palisades on 06/14/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “14th Grade Is the New 12th Grade

You bunched together multiple sectors, military spending is the biggest by itself. And that chart is from 2015…

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Posted by Palisades on 06/14/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “14th Grade Is the New 12th Grade

That's odd. SS, Unemployment and Medicare make up 60% of the budget. Defense is 16%.

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Posted by Make America, Don't Take America! on 06/14/2017 at 9:35 AM

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