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Re: “Catalina Foothills Districts Earns Bragging Rights With Its AzMERIT Scores (Or Maybe Not)

If you don't like long comments, you can always skip them. Personally, I don't like reading profanity, so usually I won't bother reading or responding to comments that don't have much to offer besides four letter words. Everyone has their likes and dislikes, and fortunately no one is required to read comments not to their taste.

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Posted by It's a free country, as they say, at least in some respects. on 10/02/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Catalina Foothills Districts Earns Bragging Rights With Its AzMERIT Scores (Or Maybe Not)

The only way to infer the point of view of the commenter who appears now and then to drop profanities into Safier's comment streams seems to be to assume that he or she disagrees with the comments he or she insults. So here I suppose we can assume that he or she doesn't agree that how money is applied in homes and in schools makes a difference to the quality of support or educational services students receive. And / or perhaps he or she does not agree that Title 1 and desegregation funds should be applied to improve the quality of educational services delivered to the populations that should benefit from those funds (the poor and minorities).

It would be interesting to understand how those opinions could be supported. Perhaps one of these days this commenter will state an opinion or a policy preference and be so kind as to explain the rationale for it...?

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Posted by Why not explain why you disagree? on 10/02/2017 at 9:14 AM

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

The long winded fuck strikes again.

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Posted by Still not the kind of commentary needed...or wanted on 10/02/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Imma maroon!

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Posted by CW13KnowNothing on 10/02/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Danehy

Azmom and ContemptuousWacko13 obviously don't think at all.

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Posted by So Tired of Conservative Assholes on 10/02/2017 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Serenity

Chuck the Charles says this five star rating is because you'll find it hot and explicitly exciting, better then sex.

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Posted by Chuckey on 10/01/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Sinema's In: Democratic Congresswoman Joins Race for Sen. Jeff Flake's Seat

This is so typical of Schumer getting the worst Democrat in the House to run for the Senate. Sinema is not a Democrat, a progressive, or a leader. She has the lowest Progressive Punch score among House Democrats & is owned by Wall Street. She has voted against many efforts to rein in Wall Street excesses including supporting decimating the CFPB. The only Democratic policies she seems so support are those that support the LGBT community. Sinema more of a self-interested calculating careerist like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, than someone who wants to serve and improve her country or Arizona.

This does not bode well for the Arizona Senate race. There were three very electable Progressive Senate candidates: Alan Grayson in Florida, Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania, and P. G. Sittenfeld in Ohio. Well, Schumer got his marching orders from Wall Street and recruited three awful primary candidates. Former Republican Patrick Murphy in Florida, Conservadem Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania, and way past his prime Ted Strickland in Ohio. Needless to day all three results of Schumers meddling lost their races; which is why McConnell is still Majority Leader and and the reactionary garbage known as Gorsuch instead of Merrick Garland sits on the Supreme Court.

Surely the Arizona Democratic Party can do better?

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Posted by Wileybud on 10/01/2017 at 7:40 AM

Re: “From Wastewater to Cold Beer

How is it decided when water it "fit for drinking"?

Who decides when?

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Posted by Anonymous on 09/30/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Sports Scandal Rocks UA Basketball Program

just pay the players already, in terms of revenue to the U of A, the cachet of having a big time mens BB program in Tucson making season tickets more expensive than most broadway plays, they deserve it. The old school mantra of they get a free education, just doesn't make sense with billions in TV contracts in play.
Student athletes add value to the school and to the community, pay all scholarship players, whatever the market determines they are worth!

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Posted by laddderflappy on 09/30/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Business Leaders Say, Raise Taxes to Fund Schools

Arizona Rural Schools Association, representing 100 districts serving more than 100,000 students in every county have formally asked the leaders of Arizona's business community to take up the challenge. Steps have been taken to address the needs of our education system, but they don't fully address the needs and if something isn't done to address the end of the current 6/10ths sales tax the future of education in Arizona looks very grim.

Posted by SERickert on 09/30/2017 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Danehy

It's interesting - a friend has for years claimed that throwing money at the problem will not help. Now that there are private schools and vouchers, he says he's 'willing to try anything'. Especially throwing money at the problem.

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Posted by W Corvi on 09/30/2017 at 12:56 AM

Re: “Danehy

Think nothing of it Azmom. I've been around here a long time, you get used to it. I could praise the virtues of Mother Teresa and people would hit dislike. And don't ask these people to think on their own. If Tommy says it, that's good enough for them.

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Posted by CW13 on 09/30/2017 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Checkpoint Trauma

I always have a good day 'smile and wave'. Especially after being exonerated in court like I have every time one of CBP's minions has tried to do CBP's dirty work for them.

How many times have your buddies tried and failed now? I'm starting to lose count. You could ask the TOPD though, they may know.

While you're at it, why don't you tell everyone why deputies with the PCSD hang out at the CBP roadblock along SR-86 'smile and wave'. I know I'm looking forward to telling the judge why....

Checkpoint USA
https://roadblockrevelations.org/wp

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Posted by Checkpoint USA on 09/29/2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Have a Little Faith

Beautifully written and makes me feel hopeful.

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Posted by Carlos Torres on 09/29/2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Catalina Foothills Districts Earns Bragging Rights With Its AzMERIT Scores (Or Maybe Not)

I'll be interested to see what David replies -- if he replies. In the meantime perhaps another commenter can add a few thoughts on money and test scores.

High parental income does not cause high test scores. It enables the possibility of higher test scores, when the money is applied in the right way. (Example: when a wealthy family where both parents work 70-hour a week jobs employs a nanny who does not know how to provide the right kind of educational support in the home, their money will not cause their children to have the highest possible test scores those children are capable of having. If, however, they hire a retired teacher who provides the right kind of educational enrichment and support, their money may enable (but not CAUSE) higher test scores -- if, that is (to add another significant variable) their children are willing to apply effort in school. In a poor family, both parents may have to work full time to pay rent and utilities and there may not be enough extra left over to secure the optimal kind of child care for the hours when children are not in school.)

Similarly, public funds allocated to a school district can enable but do not cause higher test scores. They will enable higher scores only if the money is applied in the right way. It is easier in wealthier districts where the families have the means to provide maximal educational support in the home. But let's look at poorer districts, where students come to school with more needs unmet and where helping them learn is harder: if desegregation and / or Title 1 funds are applied to ensure that every classroom in neighborhoods with high concentrations of lower-SES and / or minority families has a qualified teacher in it rather than to build a swimming pool or to add vaguely described "support" positions that have no clear function in increasing the quality of education delivered to students (two examples from the long and baffling history of TUSD's management of its funding supplements), increased funds may have a chance of enabling better test scores.

To sum it up: what enables (not CAUSES) maximal student success is complex and involves many variables, which would include at a bare minimum: 1) sufficient funding at home and in the school system, 2) the right kind of support in the home either from parents or from supplementary care they hire and fully qualified faculty in the schools, 3) intent on the part of school governance and administration to apply funds they control for STUDENT benefit, and 4) some level of oversight both from an active, engaged, knowledgeable citizenry and from higher level authorities within the state's educational system. Then there are always the variables of student motivation and application of effort, without which no amount of resource allocation and responsible oversight can do any good.

Some of the variables needed for maximal student success are missing throughout Arizona and others are missing in some of the institutions in this region. One political party whines constantly about what is missing statewide while ignoring or cloaking the local problems and the other denies the reality of statewide problems while failing to use the means at its disposal (state level institutions and governance) to identify and treat the regional problems.

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Posted by It's complicated, and both party ideologies get it wrong. on 09/29/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Fun and (Spy) Games

I thought "mother!" was the weirdest thing I'd see all year until I saw Elton John here, karate kicking people in a peacock suit. As uneven as it is, I loved this movie.

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Posted by Jagger Czajka on 09/29/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Have a Little Faith

Peggy, there are a good 8 or 10 churches in Tucson who would love to welcome your daughter and granddaughter. We're very fortunate in that regard. Mine - Grace St. Paul's Episcopal - is one of them. But like I say, there are many!

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Posted by bruzintuc on 09/29/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Catalina Foothills Districts Earns Bragging Rights With Its AzMERIT Scores (Or Maybe Not)

David, how, in your view, does high parental income cause higher student test scores? The typical answer I get from defenders of the public education industry is that schools in wealthier districts are better funded. But if that's the explanation, the relevant metric ought to be per pupil instructional spending, right? But the state auditor report that you cited in your March, 2016 article on this subject (https://www.azauditor.gov/sites/default/fi…) shows that in 2015, TUSD spent $4005 per student on instruction, whereas Cat Foothills spent LESS: $3792 per pupil.

So, what's the causation, in your view?

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Posted by Nathan K on 09/29/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Check-in Time

This building rivals the Unisource structure for uninspiring design.
Or more bluntly - ugliness.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 09/29/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

Eso! Gustavo!

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Posted by icecld51 on 09/29/2017 at 9:02 AM

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