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Re: “Gabby Giffords on Las Vegas Mass Shooting: "This Must Stop"

Let's cut the bullshit, shall we? I don't have any delusions about changing your mind. I think you're an idiot. I don't care what you think about me. Do you understand? My plan is to find a way to live in a world with morons like you who can't grasp that the NRA doesn't care about anything except getting their pockets lined from gun manufacturers. Outdoorsmen? Ha. Freedom fighters? Pathetic. But boy, if it keeps you from reaching for your piece, I sure hope you get lots of likes on your comments, tiger. They seem to matter more to you than human life.

24 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Peabo on 10/05/2017 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Gabby Giffords on Las Vegas Mass Shooting: "This Must Stop"

I notice I didn't get any answers to my question, just dislikes. Par for the course.

7 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 10/05/2017 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Mid-Century Madness

More about Barbara Mettler's legacy:
https://tv.azpm.org/p/azill-recent/2017/9/…

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 10/05/2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

We're being asked to add 1.5 cents to sales tax, part of it for preschoolers in designated areas. Where's the outrage?

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by soundcloud on 10/05/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “The Best Way To Get Results-Based Funding Is To Be Well-Off and White

@ Sabasabas & David Safier:

They will no doubt claim they are applying the "teacher" component of the funding in professional development. And the professional development will no doubt relate to training the teachers to milk the student population for higher AP scores. It's University High School, after all. They have to compete with Basis and maintain their all-important US News & World Report rankings. (Gaming the media's inane rankings system and testing companies' standardized, multiple-choice "accountability" systems to make TUSD look better than it actually is -- NOT student benefit and NOT proper college preparatory education -- is UHS's reason for being. And now UHS/TUSD, after bulking the UHS curriculum up with more forced AP enrollment over the past few years, is preparing to kick a neighborhood cohort which includes a large number of recently arrived refugees out of its high school so they can shove UHS into that neighborhood's high school, increase UHS's enrollment capacity, and suck as many more hapless victims into this high stakes multiple-choice testing machine as possible. All to compensate for ongoing declines in enrollment brought about by the TUSD governing board's decades-long history of acute district-wide mismanagement. This is what could be gleaned from watching the October 3 TUSD Board meeting. What a great public school district, so worthy of our support and respect.)

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Posted by They game everything else, why not the performance funding too? on 10/05/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “The Skinny

I was struck by the comment that she performed better than expected during her first term. Were their expectations low because she was a woman? But better than whomever? Not currently impressed by her general performance over all in the interests of the non-military middle class community in her district. What exactly has she done to make our lives better?

15 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by gcb1 on 10/05/2017 at 5:03 PM

Re: “The Skinny

When it comes to doing awful things to her constituents, Martha is A number 1.

19 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Tweek on 10/05/2017 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Yay, Jim!!

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Linda Ray 64 on 10/05/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Procession Migration

The All Souls Procession is the best act of culturally appropriative white hipster diversity tourism that Baja Arizona offers.

4 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Nathan K on 10/05/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Staff Pick: Best Place for Mom’s Night Out Because KIDS (and secretly, DAD)

Just in case anyone notices this, lol...Thursday nights are better in this category because it's from 7pm - midnight...and kids are allowed in the bar until 10pm. Thanks for the Staff Pick!!!
The "B Dub"

Posted by Royal Sun on 10/05/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Beef on the Bike Path!

People are people. Bad egg's in every group. Even my group (senior citizens).

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Posted by Greg Grieve on 10/05/2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “The Best Way To Get Results-Based Funding Is To Be Well-Off and White

Mystery - I'm not saying there shouldn't be public education. As you point out, there are lots of good reasons for it. I'm just clarifying that there is no legal requirement for it under the Constitution. Sorry to sidetrack the discussion; this detour is totally irrelevant.

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Posted by Nathan K on 10/05/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “The Best Way To Get Results-Based Funding Is To Be Well-Off and White

Of course the well off get the last Long end of the stick. This is how the world works. Grow up.

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Posted by Gandalf the white on 10/05/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The Best Way To Get Results-Based Funding Is To Be Well-Off and White

Nathan K:

The US Constitution and its amendments create a governmental structure within which leaders in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government are elected and there is a universal franchise. Having a fully educated citizenry, and thus a universal system of education which does not discriminate by economic means seems a good idea when there is a universal franchise. Some will opt out of the publicly funded education system for various reasons, but if there is a universal franchise, a universal publicly funded system to educate citizens should be there for those who choose not to opt out.

What alternative do you propose to ensure the citizenry is competent to make the electoral choices the Constitution and its amendments determine they will have the ability to make? Does it seem appropriate (or functional, from a political / electoral perspective) that some schools in the system dont have the basic supplies or staffing necessary to get the job they are charged to do done?

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2017/09/26/arizona-teachers-quit-school-year/706419001/

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Posted by Mystery Education Policy Commenter on 10/05/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “The Best Way To Get Results-Based Funding Is To Be Well-Off and White

To mystery education policy man - I am sorry for being pedantic, but the U.S. constitution does not mandate the existence of the public schooling industry. It requires that schooling, like all other public benefits, to be provided in accordance with the equal protection guarantees of the 14th amendment, but it doesn't require that any state provide public schooling in the first place.

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Posted by Nathan K on 10/05/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Why I Keep Writing About Those Damn AzMERIT Scores

Response to this column and bslap.

David, everything that you have said is absolutely correct but our current education culture is defined by all the mechanisms that you decry. Every year for almost hundred years the local papers have printed test scores which people then assume that the school created. Actually, as you point out, the school largely collects those test scores and, to some small degree, creates them.

There are only two ways to break this culture - 1) big system and 2) small system. I've tried the big system and it flopped totally. In 1999, I introduced the Finland technique of sampling, sampling 9,000 students a semester so that, with a low-stakes NAEP style test, we would have a large enough sample to know our results within one percentile point, thus enabling us to pick up and reinforce real changes. No one could comprehend what it was all about. It was just incomprehensible to them, the rationale, the idea that 9,000 tests would be more accurate than 500,000, the lack of feedback at the local level, etc. It was like fighting a forest fire with a squirt gun.

Right now, as you point out, tests like AzMerit are worthless for telling us if Arizona is better than last year. These tests told every state in the nation that they improved in 2015 then NAEP comes out and tells us the truth - that more than half got worse. Their annual tests were just an illusion.

The other way to break this culture is 2) small system. That' s what I am trying now. To set a land speed record for academic gains in one year in one classroom. My simple hypothesis is derived from the research knowledge that students from poverty have poor attitudes towards school and as a result, practice the crafts of reading and math less than 2 minutes a day each.

This morning at 8 am, my all-minority all at-risk students did 12,489 math problems correctly - 97% of them without referring to their fingers, an average of 657 each. The high student did 1,414, the low student did 278. Over 50% of the class made overt expressions of joy at setting new records. I have created a culture of math where students strut around bragging about their abilities.

This afternoon, I will return to the class and if past patterns hold, they will do another 10,500 math problems correctly- their productivity dropping about 15% at the end of the day. Thus their total will be about 23,000 math problems in one day.

The teachers on this thread react with seething hostility assuming that I am destroying these children's attitudes towards school with unending drudgery instead of asking the simple, "what is he doing differently?" The truth is that you can't get students to do this much math if its drudgery. I know because all the scientific tools I use for math fluency are not yet available to me for math comprehension. Tomorrow, as we work on math comprehension (word problems), they will only do 50 problems each when in theory they could do as many as 500. Within three years, I will have all these problems solved.

In railing against this culture, you are not outside of it, you have chosen to be part of it. You assume that it is as good as we can get despite 40 years of no improvement.

I am determined to break its iron grip on the poor and minorities.

At least get those two-year gains by school for low SES students, rank them and go see what the very high gain schools and school districts are doing differently. Pull their erasure rates while you are at it.

Go talk to Ed Sloat of Peoria, he always did a regression analysis that washed away SES to look at real performance. See if he has a true ranking for you for the schools of the state.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 10/05/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Thank you Martha. Job well done.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/05/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Foggy Forecast

It's time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national marijuana policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-marijuana, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote'em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

Politicians who continue to demonize Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called "Addiction Specialists" who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, - Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don't have one.

The People have spoken! Get on-board with Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

Legalize Nationwide!

Every major poll in the nation shows A Solid Majority of Americans favor The Legalization of Marijuana Nationwide!

"Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Support surged 10 percentage points in past year""
http://www.gallup.com/poll/186260/back-leg…

"A solid majority of voters nationwide favor legalizing and regulating marijuana similar to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are currently regulated. Most also dont believe it should be a crime for people to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes"
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_con…

"Americans favor making cannabis legal for adults, according to the findings of a CNN/ORC International survey released late Monday. The percentage is the highest ever reported by the survey, which has been tracking public opinion on the issue since 1973, and marks a 12 percentage point jump in support since the last time pollsters posed the question in 2012"
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/…

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Posted by Brian Kelly on 10/05/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Foggy Forecast

The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our yearly tax dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.

The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

Marijuana is much safer to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less marijuana "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

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Posted by Brian Kelly on 10/05/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Foggy Forecast

Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All American pastime, alcohol.

Plain and simple!

Legalize Marijuana Nationwide!

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Posted by Brian Kelly on 10/05/2017 at 11:53 AM

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