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Re: “A Few Thoughts on the New AzMERIT Scores

The fourth grade NAEP tests lack the significance that you apply to them. Those fourth graders were in first grade when the scores you compare them with were racked up. They are completely different students.

However, the 8th graders were in fourth graders in 2011 and we know what their test scores were. We are comparing largely the same students. Arizona had the largest gains in the nation from 2011 fourth grade to 2015 8th grade.

Our Black students placed number one in the nation in math as 8th graders after placing 6th as 4th graders. Our Hispanics placed 11th after placing 35th as fourth graders. Our white students placed 6th after placing 20th as fourth graders. We did pretty well in reading too.

Probably the best indication of our school system was done by Hingus at the Urban Institute. His analysis placed Arizona 13th in the nation.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 07/21/2017 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

Waiting lines happen because coverage is too available. Many people go to doctors and emergency rooms at the sign of a cold. Facilities must staff for that and then the problems multiply. Deductible keep people from over using benefits. Once again the problem starts because of fraud, waste, and abuse.

Just take a close look at what Medicare Part A covers. That is the government plan that they say you need. They didn't get mobility scooters on Part A.

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Posted by Stick To My Stomach on 07/21/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Homeless Program Working

To start the program Eliza and the other donations to fund in the following years plus the Tucson Change Movement. Which had been previously reported. Like I said bashing from the left and the right.

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Posted by Dan Huff Is Missed on 07/21/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

And if every single american did what it took for them to afford health insurance in this country, like republicans keep suggesting they do, would there be no waiting list?

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Posted by Palisades on 07/21/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Homeless Program Working

I read it Dan.

"The program initiated with $25,000 each from the City of Tucson and Pima County"

There was a day when that was called government funding.

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Posted by Eliza D on 07/21/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

And yet they have to come to the US for care.

"Contrary to popular belief among Americans, health care is not entirely free for Canadians. Dental, ambulance and many other services as well as prescription medications must be paid for out of pocket or they're covered through a combination of public programs and private health insurance. About two-thirds of Canadians have such insurance."

"In a public health system, you have to balance the high desire to get quality-of-life treatment as soon as possible with the need to deliver universal health care in an equitable manner." If the priority is universal health care, Meyer says, there is a risk of wait times.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2016-08-03/canadians-increasingly-come-to-us-for-health-care

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Posted by Stick To My Stomach on 07/21/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Homeless Program Working

It is interesting how an effort, which has been in existence for only six months it getting bashed by both left and right.

The Tucson Homeless Work Program's purpose is to give those who are homeless, the opportunity to get housing, medical help, job training through Sullivan Jackson and other programs that offer this. The point of the program is to connect those who are homeless and want assistance to these programs and services. The two people with the program, work with those taking part to see what services they need and direct them to those providers.

The article and report stated that 20 people are going through Sullivan Jackson for job training.

The Tucson Homeless Work Program is a first step.

The Tucson Homeless Work Program is not a government program, so it will need the support of businesses and the community, which will now have the Tucson Change Movement, with the parking meters and online website, tucsonchange.org, that people can make a contribution.

Cenpatico, El Rio Health, Assurance, Catholic Community Services and Old Pueblo Community Services, and St. Anthony's Presbyterian Church are covering their costs for this program. It is a collaboration.

Nobody is being taken advantage of. This gives an opportunity for those who are homeless to work, get some money in their pocket and get the help that they need, if they choose so.

This has been in the news prior to this article and yet these comments.

Getting the homeless housing and services is the point of this program. Too bad it has been missed by the commentors so far who allegedly read this article.

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Posted by Dan Huff Is Missed on 07/21/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Homeless Program Working

Does this program provide an opportunity to get job training that would eventually lead to a real job with one of the sponsoring businesses or entities? HSL Properties, the COT, Pima County, Cox, Wal-Mart, etc have an obligation to do more than this if they really want to have a positive impact on the homeless problem in our community. Without job training and a road map to get these people out of shelters this is just a band aid at best and enabling at worst. This might be a good first step but it's going to leaps and bounds for us to get out the mud, so what is the next step? Is there a plan?

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Posted by HumanBean on 07/21/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

I'm from Canada - and while there's very little difference between our countries, the fact that we spend half as much as you guys do on health care (and get the same, if not better, outcomes) makes Canada, to put it bluntly, a better place to live. This isn't a liberal thing either - in Canada, every single seat-holding party in both the provinces (our equivalent of states) and federally support single payer health care, including the Conservative Party of Canada.

Why were we able to do this, and not the US? Because a brave baptist minister named Tommy Douglas (recently voted the greatest Canadian who ever lived by a nationwide popular vote) stood up to the government, insurance companies, doctors themselves and the AMA (yes, your American Medical Association tried to stop us) and forced the federal government's hand.

That's how you get real health care - by abandoning your loyalty to one of two political parties, and pledging your loyalty to your fellow citizens - even those who oppose you.

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Posted by Ryan Campbell on 07/21/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

Continue to ignore the fact that 20 million were forced into buying insurance they did not want, or paid the fine to keep from buying insurance.

Who represents them?

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Posted by Stick To My Stomach on 07/21/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Flow Job

Chuck could have avoided this whole mess if he'd purchased the property when it was offered to the county for $11 million to add to the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan as open space before it was subsequently sold to Rosemont for $20 million. It would be interesting to see what the county has spent fighting this project since then...

Posted by regrets? on 07/21/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Best Bookstore

Biggest bunch of rubes who don't know jack about the book trade: TW.
Dave

Posted by Betsy Sanford Snell on 07/21/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Tour Diaries! XIXA in Fun, Fun, Fun on the Autobahn. Detained!

Amen to the "keep right except to pass." Drives (no pun intended) me crazy here in the U.S. Enjoying your diaries and want to see you live when you return to Tucson.

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Posted by Jet on 07/21/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Best of TucsonĀ® 2016

Why no Best Bar and Grill? Why no Best Apartments? I do not understand how the categories were picked. For Best Bar and Grill Pick the Trident on Speedway. Robert "Bob" Horvath a Tucson resident since 1973

Posted by Robert Horvath on 07/21/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

With everything that is going on inside and outside the Beltway with this administration, anyone that imagines they will play by any rules -- other than "those that rule make the rules" -- is living in a fool's paradise.

As for so-called Trumpcare, the photo-illustration used with this story is more indicative of what we can expect from those in power right now -- a lot of people dying.

Considering what they are trying to do overall with healthcare, Trumpcare's signature slogan could be "take two bullets to the head and call me in the morning."

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/21/2017 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Fun and Games and More

And thanks to Margaret Regan for bringing it to our attention.

Posted by Karen7 on 07/21/2017 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Fun and Games and More

What a clever curator, to have found Sam and Poe in Bisbee! And then to bring them to Tucson! I'm entranced by their work and I've visited the exhibit three times already. I'm planning to bring some friends to share it with.

Posted by Karen7 on 07/21/2017 at 6:28 AM

Re: “The Weekly List: 13 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Would love to hear some local bands.
Saithmusic@gmail.com Sedona
Eric Zamg percussionist, midddle Eastern, from Phoenix

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Posted by beachlover31 on 07/21/2017 at 5:53 AM

Re: “Flow Job

Rosemont should be killed, it will drain all the water used by the growers in Green Valley area.

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Posted by PaulAZ on 07/21/2017 at 5:25 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

FLAKE IS A CLOSET DEMOCRAP, he supported everything the traitor that lived in the while house did for 8 years. I hope he looses the next election and a real conservative is elected.

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Posted by AZPaul on 07/21/2017 at 5:20 AM

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