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Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

"It would be good for the legislators' souls"

Sorry David, you are giving Arizona legislators credit for something they have clearly demonstrated they do not have.

Posted by sgsmith on 05/26/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Pothole Heaven....delivered by Governor Deadbeat Ducey and his gang of Republicans, who have diverted millions of gas tax revenues away from road repair.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by BrianS on 05/26/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Hispanic Chamber applauds Ducey education, business efforts

Public Ed is so broken because Republicans have broken it.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by BrianS on 05/26/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Danehy

But you need to remember that politics is a money business and these whiners have no money. Corporations do. And sometimes it benefits everybody. Sometimes it doesn't.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jenny on 05/26/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

+1

Posted by anonemouse on 05/26/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Danehy

blaze. I don't see how anybody could dislike your post. Very well said.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by CW13 on 05/26/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Results-Based Funding Violates the Spirit (If Not the Letter) of Arizona's 1980 Funding Equalization Law

You forgot to mention, David Safier, that individual schools within districts -- not just districts as a whole -- have ways to supplement and skew the supposedly "equitable" distribution of funds to public schools.

Within TUSD, for example, you could use your internet research skills to compare the amount of tax credits accrued by University High School or Sam Hughes or Fruchthendler, for example, with the amounts accrued by the schools in TUSD that lost their magnet status under the Sanchez administration. You might want to make some inquiries, too, about how much these tax-credit-enriched TUSD schools raised privately on top of the inequitably distributed publicly funded tax credits they accrued. Here's one very odd example: the previous TUSD Superintendent, Sanchez, gave UHS a $10K private donation and, as though that wasn't enough inequitable favor for him to bestow on an individual school within the district he administered, made sure they were the first school in the district to receive new band uniforms paid for by some district-internal funding source he had available. This to the school that in recent years has had more public school tax credits designated to it than any other school in the district. UHS also has its own private Foundation, though last time I checked they didn't amount to much. Are they waiting until UHS gets its separate site, perhaps, before they'll call on their network to donate larger amounts?

Lots of talk about equity from certain folks when it serves them to talk about it. But start looking at the various funding quirks and exceptions-to-the-rules associated with the supposedly "equitable" public schools that just happen to be utilized by the players in the local Democratic party, and the story gets "curiouser and curiouser," as Alice would say.

But David Safier's concerns with funding "equity" and other sorts of equity always seem to stop somewhat short of turning over rocks in his own political garden and looking at what's wriggling underneath. If it didn't, he might have devoted some reporting to the Fruchthendler-Sabino plan twice put forward by the TUSD Board majority and Superintendent he supported 2013-2016 and twice denied by the authorities in the desegregation case. This district keeps creating and reinforcing inequitable conditions within itself, but when families want to use vouchers, tax credits, or ESAs to exit some of the not-on-the-A-list-of-influence schools in the district like Utterback, for example, this is called, "Welfare for the rich."

"Welfare for the rich," indeed. If the shoe fits, the constituents in certain public schools should start to wear it.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Could we be equitable in our concerns with equity? on 05/26/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

First of all, my issue is not with Mark. He is a talented writer and obviously fully capable. My issue is with the editorial decision to focus on personalities behind the food instead of the food itself in lieu of any actual reviews. I think these pieces that talk about the background and personal stories of the people behind a restaurant have a place but they should be complimentary to a solid review process. Nobody is going to restaurants because of the Chefs life story, they are there for the food, and if the chef happens to have a great story, that is even better. These stories should not go away, but they should take a back seat to a more traditional restaurant review process.

These are very soft pieces of writing and come off as advertisements. It is a legitimate question to ask if the Weekly is being paid and how these restaurants are chosen. It matters. I think the Chow section could use some investigatory backbone, for example, if a restaurateur makes a claim that they are sourcing their food locally they should be asked more details about that, this sort of 'green washing' is rampant in the restaurant industry and deserves attention. Mark should know that. It is not about bashing or attacking the restaurant but it is about holding them accountable to their customers.

Obviously The Weekly does not subscribe to the the broadly accepted paradigm n in the food world of the reviewer remaining anonymous. Most food reviewers at major outlets know that anonymity is the best way to insure the integrity of their reviews; it prevents restaurants from treating them differently than other patrons, preparing things with better ingredients, or any of the other myriad of changes a restaurant would make knowing that a review was being written. The Weekly has chosen an approach that gives all the power to the restaurant and takes away the power and independence of the reviewer.

What does all of this mean to me the reader? Whether these are paid advertisements or not, I cannot trust the small portion that actually addresses the food and even if the food is great it is marred by an inappropriate relationship between the reviewer and the restaurant.

That is my opinion, obviously a lot of people agree with me and a lot don't. I would encourage those who disagree to consider the relationship between a reviewer and a restaurant, and how that relationship can impact the veracity and quality of a review. Are you really going to get the same experience that Mark gets? Maybe we should all start notifying restaurants that we will be publishing a review when we make our reservations. Don't forget to schedule an interview too...

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 05/26/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Danehy

*standing up and applauding Rick Spanier's post*

When I consider "what forces propel two presidents who could not be more different in style and demeanor from pursuing the same destructive objectives" -- all I come up with is "follow the money."

Who is being enriched? Who is being impoverished? Mainstream Democrats are bought and paid for by big corporations and untraceable campaign donations (dark money). Mainstream Republicans are bought and paid for by big corporations and untraceable campaign donations (dark money).

The whole system is corrupt, and us regular folks are suffering in so many ways.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by blaze_mason on 05/26/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

While I will agree that the story last week about Old Chicago pizza was putting lipstick on a pig, I felt this was a solid review. For those people who cannot figure out how to google the restaurant to see the menu, here you go Human Bean....https://www.facebook.com/SkyDragonChinese/…. Seriously, HB, why don't you try your hand at writing a restaurant review and let everyone else pick it apart.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by RobG on 05/26/2017 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Danehy

Right Joel. Whatever that meant.
Try listening to AZ/DC. He'll show you how to disagree making intelligent points without being a moron. If that's possible.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 05/26/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Hemp Haters

In order for a overide the legislature would have to meet, in az they have a half time legislature so most are going home for legislative session has closed. This the reason AZ needs a fulltime legislature paid out of the marijuana dollars. The LDS CATHOLIC moral compass is having it,s last tilt off of true north this is the call to not look at the national headlines lets look HARD!! Our local represenatives if this is not promised then we need to send them home. Keep them poor they need us more

There is something stinky, talk about contributors MPP wont even disclose who their contributors were. I dont understand Adleson contributing a millon to defend his business with the existing MMJ law as opposed him trying to buy into by force the what he felt was extortion by the like of the junk bond salesman Holyoak and his BS prop 205. Unless Nick can list the expedures on both sides the argument is useless what the point ?

I am in Seattle right now come here often as well as Eugene. I can witness first hand and you want to see homeless issues Tucson is a paradise compared to this. So one thing nice is they don't pull the zoning BS where county gets to renegotiate if allowed while they take the tax dollars. Doing this from my phone sorry topos

Posted by Carpet baggers on 05/26/2017 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Danehy

Obama was a good, not great, president. Given the nature of the disloyal opposition's obstructionism and thinly veiled contempt, he did a decent job and left office with higher approval ratings than Trump will ever enjoy. That said, I notice similarities in the policies of both these presidential polar opposites. If you (on both sides) can cast aside your selective outrage, consider:

Both Obama and Trump set out to deport millions of undocumented with the assurance "only the criminals will be targeted." Both lied, and to date Obama holds the records for deporting the most undocumented without criminal histories - a number in the high hundreds of thousands if not millions.

Both Obama and Trump administrations brokered arms deals to our enemy in Saudi Arabia to the tune of over $100 billion. Remember 9/11 and the Saudi export of virulent radical terrorist ideology through an expanding network of madrases.

Both the Obama and Trump administrations actively engaged in an assault on US public schools under the premise of school improvement with funding going largely to private sector leeches. Remember Arne Duncan? I do. Like Betsy DeVos? I don't.

So if we take a moment to set aside our partisan-based disgust with either the former or present president, it might be a good idea to begin considering what forces propel two presidents who could not be more different in style and demeanor from pursuing the same destructive objectives.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rick Spanier on 05/26/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Danehy

CW13, you have been quiet since you moved to Krupets from Dubna.
You will never get the much wanted Order of Lenin with silence. Your young man - servant David W. will be a shoo in for the Order of Disinformation.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by JoelFriday on 05/25/2017 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Danehy

The existence of God has resurfaced as many people wonder how the Twitterer-in-Chief could visit the wall in Jerusalem without the All Mighty dropping it on him, or how he could visit the Vatican without being instantly struck down by lightening.

On a side note, did the "prayer" he slipped into the Wailing Wall whine about how he is the worst treated president ever?

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 05/25/2017 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Reports of the Easter Bunny's involvement in this drive-by egging are unconfirmed.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 05/25/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

OKLAHOMAN, where the wind comes whistlin' through his brains...
Where life is sweet livin' off the street and cruisin' the UofA for a dame...

Posted by sgsmith on 05/25/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Danehy

"Donald Trump has looked like the world leader we have been waiting for."

Well, I wouldn't call you a racist as CW13 predicted. I will say that the last paragraph of your comment has to be the stupidest thing that I've read on this site in a while though. Quite the opposite of "Brilliant, simply brilliant!" in fact.

14 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 05/25/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Hispanic Chamber applauds Ducey education, business efforts

"Those kids can take a $5,400 debit card out of their local district school and take it with them to a private school," Farley said.

Sorry Farley, but you only did half the math. there is a $5400 credit to the school expenses that loses the child. It is a net zero sum gain. Less students equals less teachers equals lower payroll and matching taxes and benefits thus fewer buildings.

Please try to tell the whole story next time.

2 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Public Ed Is So Broken on 05/25/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Hemp Haters

What is the likelihood of an override vote in the Legislature?

Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 05/25/2017 at 2:32 PM

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