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Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

Raul the Fool strikes again. If he would work half as hard for Arizona as he does for Mexico, we'd all be better off.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 09/21/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

I'm not always his biggest fan, but at least he has the cojones to stand up for what's right and not listen to whining, semi-literate white trash
.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by DeDe Johnson on 09/21/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right

Headline missing a J!

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Posted by BuffCrone on 09/21/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Looking at Tucson Unified's AzMERIT Scores: Another Approach

Yes, since the methods proposed already cannot get at what the public SHOULD be holding elected officials accountable for, by all means throw in a set of data generated by school systems hundreds of miles away about which we have no relevant knowledge of conditions on the ground.

Leaving aside the fact that they use different testing instruments, so no comparison to AZ Merit results can be made, there will be differences in the quality of teacher preparation programs available in publicly funded universities in CA and AZ, differences in teacher salary levels and benefits packages, a different legislative history relating to schools and school funding, different laws and policies about Spanish language instruction, different laws and policies on immigration and different local-level decisions about immigration enforcement, just to name a few of the variables that would make an AZ-CA comparison apples-to-rhinoceroses, not apples-to-apples.

Some education commenters give the impression that they would rather waste their time on any amateur at-home attempt to make "data analysis" into something that it is not rather than stepping into the difficult and unpleasant reality of what conditions are on the sites and in some of the public governance operations. I hadn't checked the news on TUSD for some months, but after reading this BS blog piece and some of the BS comments in this stream, I read a few recent pieces in the Star and on the Three Sonorans (TSON) website. What a complete surprise: the TUSD Governing Board is a chaotic mess of discord, backbiting, mutual sabotage and mismanagement, as usual. Not at all what is needed to improve the quality of decision making about funding allocations and policy in the district.

You think poverty causes low test scores, David? Watch a TUSD Board meeting some time and see if you think the constructive management of a school system enrolling close to 50,000 students could ever come out of that ongoing train wreck. Instead of wasting days on data analysis, pick up the phone and call the Board members whose candidacies you endorsed. Give them some constructive advice about what it means to be a responsible public servant -- if YOU know what it means, which I often doubt.

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Posted by Still not the kind of analysis needed... on 09/21/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Following up on blsap's comment - continuing to permit mass migration from Latin America to the United States actually increases net global carbon emissions in at least two ways. First, it takes people out of more sustainable agrarian economies and plugs them into our less sustainable, car based economy. Second, birthrates for Latin American immigrants to the U.S. are actually quite a bit higher than birthrates of even demographically similar people in Latin America. This makes sense when you consider the social services and quality education available to children born in the United States versus, for example, Mexico.

One of the most effective ways the U.S. can manage its carbon emissions is to get a handle on immigration driven population growth. We have a responsibility to the planet to do that.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Nathan K on 09/21/2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right

Correction:

Wrote: "refuse _their_ turn their country"

Meant to write: "refuse _to_ turn their country."

Apologies.

Be well.

Posted by socrates2 on 09/21/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right

jhuppent, it's quite telling when an individual selectively posts one or two isolated facts about any individual or culture, and these facts specifically get culled for their tendency to demonize an entire culture. Sad. What a crude, if not puerile, attempt at propaganda...
Can you imagine if one were to characterize North American civilization as one that in the name of the ideology "Manifest Destiny" savagely attacked, massacred, and quarantined natives in "reservations" and other cultural groups in the hundreds of thousands? A culture that in the sacrosanct name of "Property" shipped tens of thousands of Africans in chains to this continent, enslaved millions of them and forced them to work under hellish working conditions in cotton and tobacco plantations?
Sent hundreds of thousands of its own young men to jungles in Southeast Asia to kill the natives who refused to bow down to their ideology? That continues to send thousands of its citizens to bomb and kill civilians in countries whose leaders refuse their turn their country into a "client state?"
Please, indulging in ad hominems got old by the second week in "Speech 101..."
Let us rather celebrate the diversity that is mankind, the human race. A bright future lies ahead if we but take the time to remove "the beam from our eye."
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 09/21/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Looking at Tucson Unified's AzMERIT Scores: Another Approach

It occurs to me that David should also look at school districts in California, which are demographically similar to Arizona districts (in terms of ethnic mix and family income), but in which per pupil spending is much higher. That would be an interesting comparison.

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Posted by Nathan K on 09/21/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Noodles of Fun

The fruits of world culture

Posted by Grandma Suzy on 09/21/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Bad Grades

Is it possible to reduce the number of school districts in Arizona from more than 200 to a few like CFSD

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 09/21/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right

So, in the past few months, we've had federal judges decide (1) that foreigners with no pre-existing connection with the United States have a constitutional right to immigrate here; (2) that it's illegal for a state to penalize sanctuary city policies by its political subdivisions because that is preempted by federal law, even though federal law itself penalizes sanctuary cities and (3) that the constitution bars a state from preventing its own schools from teaching "raza studies" to high school students. We also have another pending federal lawsuit, in which the plaintiff's are arguing that it is unconstitutional for the President to rescind DACA, which everyone acknowledges is, itself, unconstitutional.

Question for constitutional conservatives:

Where do you think this all is going to end? Have you thought about what kind of future your children and grandchildren are going to have in this country if it continues along this path?

And what do you intend to do about it?

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Posted by Nathan K on 09/21/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “New TV Ad Asks McCain To Stop Latest GOP Healthcare Disaster

bslap I wonder if you walk your own talk. If you were in a hurricane, would you reject government aid? An earthquake? Do you not use highways or the post office or the telephone system or the internet--all examples of projects either paid for or started by government...? If there is a run on the banks will you allow your deposits to be eaten up? Because that insurance on your deposit is a federal program, and with rhetoric like yours, you damned well better not use it.

That is right, the health care in this country, one of the richest in the world WAS a disaster 6 years ago. And, by the way, the bill also erases Planned Parenthood, which is used by women (you know, that 52% of the population whose plumbing needs regular maintenance?) for basic health care far more than for abortions, which are never paid for anyway by the feds. It is a disastrous bill that will give the state a huge amount of money to sweep and use as they wish, as they have done with so many other designated funds. Oh! Thats it! Maybe you are or are related to one of our illustrious legislators, and looking for a sweet stack of new FEDERAL cash to spend at the state level on corporate giveaways?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/21/2017 at 7:56 AM

Re: “New TV Ad Asks McCain To Stop Latest GOP Healthcare Disaster

McCain can't be persuaded by constituent pressure... but some mining companies say he can be persuaded by cash donations...

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Posted by Cascabel on 09/21/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Bad Grades

I remember TUSD once had a program that raised standardized test scores, but a racist law and a state superintendent named John Huppenthal acted with racial animus to ban it. Mark Stegeman joined in and called it a cult. Kristel Foster then joined in and said she also would have kept MAS banned, putting money before Mexicans.

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Posted by Three Sonorans on 09/21/2017 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

We should definitely reduce greenhouse gases as fast as possible. It's a disaster. We should also help out other countries affected by rising temperatures.
On migration, instead of militarization (which is mostly ineffective) we can pass mandatory E-Verify nationwide and make examples of a few employers and the problem of illegal immigration will mostly go away. We have no duty to overpopulate our country and sink our working class just because other countries have. Nor should anyone bully us into doing so out of some sort of racial guilt.

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Posted by bslap on 09/21/2017 at 6:52 AM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right

So now we've proved one judge has one opinion and one has another. Yawn.
It would be great if there were more history classes at the high school level that covered the Southwest and more things relevant to the kids in the schools. But MAS was not that at all. It was a propaganda vehicle for some fairly extreme individuals to indoctrinate students.
Schools should not be used for social engineering nor political advancement.

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 09/21/2017 at 6:37 AM

Re: “Checkpoint Trauma

We absolutely should have strong immigration enforcement. We as citizens have the right to determine who comes to this country and how many.
That said, the checkpoints are for Nazis. They should be torn down immediately. They're disgusting as well as racist.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 09/21/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “A Little Late To the 'Patriotically Correct' Party

Totally agree. Left and right both suppress speech and ideas that they disagree with by attacking the messenger.

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Posted by bslap on 09/21/2017 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

What an embarassment.

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Posted by bslap on 09/21/2017 at 6:25 AM

Re: “New TV Ad Asks McCain To Stop Latest GOP Healthcare Disaster

I love how restoring the status quo of 6 years ago is called a "disaster". Americans have the shortest memories. My God, if people have to pay for their own stuff, what will happen?

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 09/21/2017 at 6:24 AM

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