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Re: “Danehy

And a special treat is a photo and a quote from a well known Russian.


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Posted by What Happened To Common Sense? on 06/22/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Congratulations, Nintz. Sorry, no photo, just congratulations and best wishes.

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Posted by franklymydears on 06/22/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Guido, what exactly can you tell us about Gary Watson's voting record?

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Posted by franklymydears on 06/22/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Carpe Diem Charters Are Failing to Seize the Day, Or the Students

Does a public school district like TUSD serve and promote EQUITY? Should we do what "Supporters of Public Schools" (Ann Eve Pedersen, Jen Darland, etc.) ask, oppose SB1431 and, by so doing, ensure that people who want to transfer out of some of the district's lower performing schools and enroll their children in private schools do not have the economic means necessary to do so?

Consider these things observed by constituents with students enrolled in TUSD:

1. Parents at both Sam Hughes and Fruchthendler Elementary Schools, the schools which Ann Eve Pedersen's and Jen Darland's families used, raised private money and tax credit funds and used the funds to significantly augment the resources available to students enrolled in those schools, creating conditions quite different from what might be available to students attending, for example, TUSD schools in less affluent neighborhoods on the SW side. Parents not only raised the funds, which is relatively easy in affluent neighborhoods like the neighborhoods surrounding those schools, they got TUSD central, in spite of its professed concerns with "EQUITY" to permit them to apply their funds in areas where they wanted them applied, including:

Hughes: Playground equipment, a piano, fine arts programming, a librarian, a first grade teacher, classroom aides, project-based-learning professional development and curricular support, a counselor, a P.E. Teacher, a chess teacher, reading specialists, 36 computers

Fruchthendler (a partial list, including only staff positions funded) PE coach, track coach , Spanish teacher, computer teacher, Kinder-2nd grade tutor, 3rd -5th grade tutor

On the topic of how that permission was obtained, one of the well-connected fundraisers involved with the Hughes efforts gave the impression that part of the trick was supporting campaigns "the district" was running by knocking on doors and persuading constituents to vote for them. Were these just campaigns for bonds and overrides (and, more recently, perhaps for the dubious Ducey-concocted initiative, Prop 123), or were they also political campaigns supporting certain candidates for the district's Governing Board? Who knows -- though it's interesting to note that Ann Eve Pedersen was Jen Darland's campaign manager when she ran for the TUSD Board in 2014. Darland is a Democrat who gave the appearance during her campaign of being closely associated with sitting Board members Adelita Grijalva and Kristel Foster. During Darland's campaign, questions were raised about whether Pedersen had improperly used a district employee e-mail contact list to invite people to a Darland campaign event at her home.

2. Jen Darland's family, like former Superintendent HT Sanchez's family, used TUSD's Fruchthendler Elementary. Not just once but twice during the 2013-2016 period when the TUSD Board was controlled by the majority Grijalva-Foster-Juarez, proposals were passed by the TUSD Board that would create a pipeline directly from Fruchthendler Elementary to Sabino High School, allowing Fruchthendler parents to bypass Magee Middle school, a middle school serving a more socio-economically diverse population than the Fruchthendler neighborhood. Evidently Magee was good enough for other TUSD students, but not good enough for the friends, neighbors and classmates of the children of Ms. Darland and Dr. Sanchez. The desegregation authority twice vetoed the plan as one that would increase inequity in the district. No doubt the desire to install the Fruchthendler-Sabino direct feed pipeline was one more reason the Superintendent and Board majority 2013-2016 used desegregation funds -- the main purpose of which should be to improve services to underserved students -- to pay expensive lawyers to try to resolve the desegregation case and get out from under court oversight. If they could get rid of oversight, there would be no one to say "No" to plans like the Fruchthendler-Sabino pipeline.

3. Wasn't it Senator Bradley who introduced the idea of public school tax credits in the AZ legislature? Did his family utilize a private school K-8, and then University High School, the TUSD school with competitive admissions, extremely high test scores, and (after public school tax credits were passed by the legislature) the highest public school tax credit net in the district?

Do your internet research, David Safier, and phone some of your well-connected friends to fact-check. Research ALL the obstacles to and perversions of EQUITY (and who is responsible for them) and inform the public. That's your goal here in this blog, right?

So, bottom line: is the sadly misled, factually inaccurate commenter #1 above correct in stating that we should sign the SOS petition to save the public schools that "belong to us all"? One could say that TUSD schools like Utterback, a very "flawed at the moment" institution serving a low-SES population which recently lost its magnet status in part because of the poor quality of its programs and deficiently qualified staff, may "belong to" anyone who wants to enroll it: it will always have plenty of open seats. But schools like Fruchthendler, Sam Hughes, and University High do not belong to anyone who wants to enroll. The first two belong first to people who live in their designated neighborhoods, which have prohibitively high home values. After that, if there are spaces, they are open to those who apply to "open enroll." Through what mysterious process or algorithm TUSD's central office authorities determine how some who apply get in and some do not, we do not know. What we do know is that there are not enough spaces in the "good" schools in TUSD like Sam Hughes and Fruchthendler for all those who would like to attend. As for University High School, it is only available to students who have high GPAs and high scores on tests of cognitive aptitude. It serves a lot of relatively affluent, relatively well educated Tucsonans, including several well-connected Democratic "Supporters of Public Schools!" who sent their kids to more affluent public districts and / or to private schools K-8 and would only condescend to enroll a child in TUSD if the child passed the admissions test to University High School. You know: the sort of people who scream "EQUITY!" and "WELFARE FOR THE RICH!" when less affluent families want to take their their per-pupil funding out of some of the low functioning schools in TUSD and, through ESA legislation / SB1431, transfer it to the kinds of private schools many of these equity-concerned (?) folks used for their own children.

Perhaps Ms. Pedersen and Ms. Darland might want to give a pass on ESAs to those TUSD residents who have applied to "open enroll" in Hughes and Fruchthendler, but did not get in. Perhaps Senator Bradley might want to give a pass on ESAs to those who have applied for admission to University High School, but did not get in. Perhaps not. Do they actually care about TUSD residents who don't happen to be able to access the little enclaves of privilege some TUSD constituents have managed to carve out for themselves in the midst of a massive dysfunctional district where only the privileged and people with "pull" get their advocacy goals met, a district which, nevertheless, serves primarily people without "pull," the children of the poor? Their opposition to SB1431 would appear to suggest not.

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Posted by Opposing SB1431 is not supporting "EQUITY." on 06/22/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Gary Watson seems like a good guy but his voting record is a concern. Being causal about your responsibilities as a citizen is a big part of the problem in this country and ought to disqualify you from consideration for leadership.

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Posted by Combat Guido on 06/22/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Thank you TPD for having to deal with people like this. I for one appreciate it.

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Posted by Susan Henshaw on 06/22/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Danehy

Government is not bad. There are many policies that benefit the majority of people in the United States. -Ricardo Small

You can say that and stomp your feet all you want, but the fact of the matter is that we had 10% of the nation uninsured. 30M. So we destroyed the system that cared for 90% of the country. Your altruism is terribly misguided. And make no mistake, the for profit health industry spends billions on R&D. Under the USC that is not a function of government.

Perhaps you have confused us with North Korea.

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Posted by Honestly He's Not That Bad on 06/22/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Home is a Tenacious Heart

This is one of the best stories I've ever seen from you. I was raised in Tucson on the South side and live in New Mexico.

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Posted by William S English on 06/22/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Danehy

It's really quite simple. If you disagree with Tom. You're an idiot.
DONALD J. TRUMP. President of the U.S.A. Build a bridge and get over it 'cause he ain't going anywhere.

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Posted by CW13 on 06/22/2017 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Danehy

Plutocracy (Greek: , ploutos, 'wealth' + , kratos, 'rule') or plutarchy, is a form of oligarchy and defines a society ruled or controlled by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens.
-- Wikipedia.

This nation has never been a true democracy, but is a republic that uses elected representatives of the people to serve their will. Unfortunately, it was relatively easy to pay for and buy representatives -- from both major parties -- than to have to buy every individual voter.

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Posted by sgsmith on 06/22/2017 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Danehy

Allen P?

Wake the fuck up!

What kind of drugs are you taking?

Trump hasn't secured jack shit.

Also, history will prove this asshat to be a complete FAILURE!

You know, history.

As in about 3 years.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 06/22/2017 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

"Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner"

The '90s called...

They want their trite cliche back!

Oh, lookie me, I'm using synonyms in the same sentence.

Either way, congratulations to you and your crew Jim!

I'm sure that you'll make a better editor than the the last two. Especially the one right before you.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 06/22/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Over Stepping Bounds

OK, let's try this one more time.... NO ONE in the U.S. Border Patrol can legally give anyone "permission" to operate contrary to the law, regardless of any perceptions that No More Deaths organizers have or because of some highly-questionable unsigned written agreement.

Anyone providing aid, other than U.S. Border Patrol personnel in the course of their legal duties, is as guilty of exploitation by providing false hope as the Coyotes and smugglers who use these people for monetary gain, as opposed to self-serving do-gooders who get a warm and fuzzy feeling -- and a slight thrill -- from circumventing "the man" and the laws of this country.

Nevertheless, if people are determined to provide aid and comfort to illegal border crossers, may I suggest that you set up your desert aid stations on the south side of the border and see how you are received by the Mexican authorities.

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Posted by sgsmith on 06/22/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “RIP, Author and Activist Kathryn Ferguson

Kathryn was worthy of the utmost respect. She helped humanity. And Mr. Again and Denise Allen...what have you done lately to make the world a better place???? Typing hate on the internet is not exactly honorable.

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Posted by MariaElena Amaya on 06/22/2017 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Danehy

More name calling and blind blame. Is that really who you are? Look at reality. 40 years of the EPA and water is not fit to drink? A global warming hoax that is now being admitted to. Doubling of the national debt with no measurable improvements. Profit is not a four letter word, but rather an opportunity to compete and develop more efficient services and improve technology.

If government were effective they would not have been tempted to legalize gambling on reservations to fund the Indian nation.

That is hundreds of years of failure. Trump has already secured a historical position far ahead of the last four presidents.

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Posted by Allen P on 06/22/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “High-Flying Chicken

All the buildup, all the "press" coverage, and the flight of ChickenShip One is scrubbed.
I'll be over at Arby's, awaiting updates.

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Posted by n7iqv on 06/22/2017 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Over Stepping Bounds


Calm down before you have an aneurysm, you one trick pony.

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Posted by anti-bslap on 06/22/2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Danehy

Allen P ... the former family members and ex-friends turned on me, when they voted for tRump, who is methodically destroying much of what is very important to me. Bolstering the 'for profit' health care industry, liquidating public land, reversing environmental protection, cutting public school funding, and a long list of other attacks on government policies that help people. Government is not bad. There are many policies that benefit the majority of people in the United States. tRump is the one who fooled voters. His lies are legion. Our children should note just how devious this sonofabitch is and how he has destroyed the United States standing in the world.

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 06/22/2017 at 6:57 AM

Re: “Danehy

great article! - another point is the amount of disposable time that they spend on entertainment - they make choices - be entertained or spent that time becoming more informed. Look at many people in their 40's, 50's, 60's and older - their education stopped when they finished school - and now they get it from for profit media - being informed is not a priority - and that attitude is passed down to their children. Granted, not everyone - but definitely the majority that I see.

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Posted by madmax on 06/22/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Danehy

Disowned family members and turned on friends in a country that allows freedom of expression. Take a listen to yourself. That is pitiful that you place so much hope for your happiness on government. How did you let that happen?

The name calling is so childish and ignorant. Another one educated into ignorance? Pay attention children, this is the death of the democratic party, that no longer has the ability to fool voters.

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Posted by Allen P on 06/22/2017 at 6:29 AM

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