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

Maybe we should institute reverse results based funding, and give schools with students who have lower test scores more money. We can call it the "silk purses initiative". It would fail, obviously, just like Head Start and similar programs. But more left-leaning, unionized workers would get jobs. And ultimately, isn't that the real purpose of the public education industry?

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Posted by Nathan K on 10/05/2017 at 9:51 AM

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

@Sabasas: if I recall correctly from your previous posts, you teach at University High School, which tests students for admission to its publicly funded programs and accepts only students with high GPAs and high score on tests of cognitive ability, I.e., you teach a cohort that is without question the easiest cohort in Tucson with which to obtain the high test scores that yield performance based funding. Because of the character of the student population of UHS, fully qualified, experienced teachers line up in droves to compete for any open position at UHS, and new hires often have years of documented history of success teaching AP courses at Catalina Foothills High School and elsewhere.

Should teachers at UHS be outraged that their salaries are not increased with the performance based funding they receive? Depends on how you look at it. On the one hand, all teachers in this state are shamefully underpaid, including those at UHS. On the other hand, UHS has to compete for top students with institutions like Salpointe, which recently introduced a 1:1 laptop computer program and built a multi-million dollar STEM Center, and Catalina Foothills High School, which has much better supplementary funding for technology and other purposes through its foundation than UHS does. UHS already has no trouble attracting qualified faculty because of the selectiveness of its student population, so if they are going to apply the money in a way that increases their ability to compete for top students, there is no reason for them to increase salaries rather than to beef up technology, which they need to do to offer services more comparable to their rivals.

Another point to consider when asking yourself if UHS faculty should be angry that their salaries are not being increased with performance based funding: from a supply-and-demand perspective and from an apply-the-money-where-it-will-go-furthest-in-increasing-quality-of-services-to-students perspective, when you look at the overall staffing situation in TUSD, it would make more sense for funding supplements to increase salaries to be applied in schools that have teaching positions they have been unable to fill with fully qualified teachers than to apply funding supplements to reward teachers of top students who are already rewarded by the relative ease of getting good test scores out of kind of students they teach. But the state legislature does not think that way, and it doesnt seem to occur to TUSD to apply its desegregation funding supplements that way, either, or at least not enough to fill the vacant positions in its schools serving low-SES, high minority schools 100% with qualified faculty.

Mores the pity.

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Posted by Should UHS teachers be outraged? on 10/05/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

This is "The Onion", right...?

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Posted by Jerry Cagle on 10/05/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “The Weekly List: 25 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next Week

The Jewish Museum block party is a collaboration with the Mexican Consulate and will also feature live music from Mexico City. Way more than just food trucks.

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Posted by More Than Food on 10/05/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “The Power of Positivity

I was on TIHAN's Board of Directors when the idea of the Poz Cafe was brought to us. I was skeptical, not at all confident it would succeed. Sometimes it's marvelous to be proved wrong! Congratulations and thanks to all who have contributed to the 25,000 meal success of Poz Cafe.

Posted by franklymydears on 10/05/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “The Power of Positivity

I was on TIHAN's Board when the idea of the Poz Caf was introduced and I was not confident it would succeed. Sometimes it's great to be wrong!

Posted by franklymydears on 10/05/2017 at 8:44 AM

Re: “The Skinny

" One loosened hiring requirements for veterans who wanted to work for the Border Patrol, while another allowed WWII-era servicewomen to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery." Wowee! And consequently the quality-of-life of McSally's constituents has improved immeasurably. Let's hear it from the family's of the WWII-era sevicewomen [great grandmothers] that live in McSally's district. I'm a veteran and only 82, maybe I should consider applying for a job with the Border Patrol. And we pay her salary?

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Posted by DennyG on 10/05/2017 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Congrats! I was going to suggest you let Ally have the trophy on weekends, but it would probably fall on her head.

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Posted by Peabo on 10/05/2017 at 8:00 AM

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

Actually simply being well off (i.e., being able to afford to live in a good school district) is sufficient. Looks like a life of working hard, taking risks, saving your pennies, and making good choices pays off for your kids. That's a good thing!

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Posted by bslap on 10/05/2017 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Procession Migration

Please don't go if you're not Mexican-Hispanic because that would be cultural appropriation.

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Posted by bslap on 10/05/2017 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Beef on the Bike Path!

I find most bicylists in the ticson area most annoying..they dont follow the trafgic laws..and think they too cool for the rest of us..its an arrogant culture that needs to change

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Posted by Nick Blum on 10/05/2017 at 6:30 AM

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

As a teacher at a school which will receive the results-based funding, I can tell you with confidence you are wrong about one aspect. Teachers will not receive one penny. The funds can only be spent on technology and professional development. At least that's what we were told. Should our teachers be outraged?

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Posted by sabasabas on 10/05/2017 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Foggy Forecast

Inform tRump and the Republicans how they can personally make BILLIONS from marijuana sales and they will approve it in a heartbeat as a harmless intoxicant with healing properties.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 10/05/2017 at 5:33 AM

Re: “UA's OSIRIS-REx slingshots past Earth

This is a project that should make all Southern Arizonans proud of the work being done at the University of Arizona.

Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 10/05/2017 at 3:26 AM

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

Well, that was stupid. Next?

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Posted by Peabo on 10/04/2017 at 9:53 PM

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

I agree with you. But your writing uses too much narrative. TLDR.

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Posted by jabberw0ck on 10/04/2017 at 7:45 PM

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

Bottom line is you cant establish credibility as a supporter of EQUITY only by criticizing your political opponents policies. You have to prove that your political allies are capable of implementing equitable policies when they are calling the shots. Neither the policies and administrative actions promoted under the previous Democratic Board majority in TUSD Grijalva-Foster-Juarez (which included twice putting forward a patently inequitable Fruchthendler-Sabino pipeline plan) nor some of the actions contemplated by the current Board configuration (which include giving selective-admissions-University-High-School a separete site and removing its faculty and extracurricular programming resources from the Rincon High School campus where a non-selective neighborhood cohort currently shares them) can be understood to be making EQUITABLE access to excellent education a priority in district planning. If you listen to district reps explain the rationale behind their decisions, its not too hard to discern the pervasive, governing idea: Were desperate! Increase enrollment and suck more children into this operation by any means possible equity be damned if it interferes with us attracting more kids, especially when the kids we attract through inequitable programs we introduce can raise our test scores.

Its an ugly spectacle. So again: why should a network which has this track record in TUSD ask the public for the legislature and governorship in the name of EQUITY?

Get a handle on TUSD and turn it into something whose name is not a byword for self-serving mismanagement and injustice, and then come back and ask for control of the state, in the name of EQUITY.

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Posted by And the best way to get your way in TUSD is to be...? on 10/04/2017 at 3:05 PM

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

We've always had lax gun laws. Indeed, our gun laws now are stricter than they've been during most of modern American history. But we haven't always had mass casualty attacks at this frequency. So guns can't be causing this. What's causing this is general cultural decay, a loss of faith, morality, and a sense of community. No one wants to talk about any of that, however, so we look for easier solutions.

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Posted by Nathan K on 10/04/2017 at 11:29 AM

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

Yes, this is a stupid way of allocating funding within a states public education system and next year it will become stupider. State legislatures have the power to tamper with public education policy in dangerous, inadvisable ways.

So what now? I suppose your goal is to use the information presented here and elsewhere to get Democrats into the legislature and governorship.

Would a Democrat-controlled Arizona solve our problems with public ed or make education more equitable? Watch a TUSD Board meeting and ask yourself the question. Three of the five board members are or were Democrats. In last nights meeting, you can observe discussions of why the district seems to be moving in the direction of kicking Catalina High students off their campus and moving them to Rincon so University High School can have their site. The presenters on this topic were representatives of a committee composed primarily of a UHS faculty, parents, and alums. If I recall correctly, there were no representatives of Catalina High School on the committee, and representatives of Catalina High School were only notified at 1pm the day of this TUSD Board meeting that UHS would be presenting the recommendation to the TUSD Board that Catalina High School be kicked off of its site so UHS could have it.

Equity in action in TUSD.

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Posted by How do we solve equity problems? on 10/04/2017 at 10:14 AM

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

Stop with the racist excuses and let's take a look at the facts.

This is shameful TUSD. Our children deserve better.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/04/2017 at 9:20 AM

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