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Re: “Ducey's 'Education Budget,' Part 1: A 25 Cents an Hour Raise for Teachers

I would contend that if education were the number one issue to Tucson residents, TUSD would have been closed by now. They clearly aren't paying attention.

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Posted by Teachers Are Trapped on 05/08/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

Republicans cannot comprehend that the situation detailed in "Vox" article will ever happen to them. Newsflash, it can happen to anyone.

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Posted by Hego on 05/08/2017 at 4:44 PM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

Not sure how James Stewart will have more choices if he has the misfortune to develop a condition that will effectively make him uninsurable i.e. an existing condition. Developing a serious illness can strike anyone, even those who lead healthly lifestyles etc. He will find his "Choices" will be slim to non existent.

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Posted by Hego on 05/08/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

56 countries have better child mortality rates than the United States, so it would seem a lot of people do not subscribe to "Hard Work Pays Off" philosphy of caring for each other. Lot of people are "Pro Life" as that costs nothing but as soon as someone makes the unwise decision to be born to poor parents, and their health care would cost the same people some money, its
"fuck Em".

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Posted by Hego on 05/08/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Cannabis: A conflict in cash

Due to the permit process, all the medical card holders are already on a list through their pharmacies; so persecution -ah- prosecution of users will be facilitated.

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Posted by Ramzi Eid Masarweh on 05/08/2017 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Cannabis: A conflict in cash

Ramzi Eid Masarweh Nick Meyers: I consume medicinal marijuana every day just so you don't mistake me for the crowd you write about in this article and I have to take exception with one point. Eating all of a six portion pot candy, like a child is likely to do, has put adults in paranoid hysteria and fear; not remotely like the mild alcohol intoxication, you compare it to. Yes, it's unlikely that permanent harm will come of this physically, but the jury is still out on the psychological effect on a child of a massive pot overdose due to the concentrations available these days.

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Posted by Ramzi Eid Masarweh on 05/08/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Royal Sun Restaurant & Lounge

These guys really know how to use their music to make you feel good about everything.

Posted by Royal Sun on 05/07/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Cannabis: A conflict in cash

Looking at the recent Federal Budget that passed last week. Haven't had a budget for 6 of the 8 years under Obama. The Republican Congress continued to pass a bill on Marijuana prosecution. This is the same continuance of funding that the REPUBLICAN congress has added for the last 3 legislative sessions.
In short no monies can be spent on the investigation prosecution to state medical marijuana programs. California just rolled out it's 221 page guideline to legalization. Just how much of the hmm good for the people and education taxes are going to go up in smoke in innumerable ways ?

We are going to see a storm of prosecution in the states that went legal. There will be no thanks the user of marijuana or the powerful inside minority that saved the ignorant, from this like of rape and pillaging of the marijuana industry that is about to happen.

Arizona has found it's self in a unique position. A reasonable and somewhat accountable on all fronts state Medical MMJ program. There is huge room for new frontiers new opportunities new discoveries.
For this to happen we have learned to dodge the Robber Barons that disguise them selves as compassionate empathetic humans of dubious medical understanding. Or the understanding journalist who takes grandma to the DR. can see the operation and thinks they now can report on the MMj industry with knowledge. What is even worse these journalist are swimming like guppies waiting for chums of Governmental tidbits thinking they are of value with pool info and not knowing the difference or caring.

In short the Robber Baron of today are Government civil servants it's commission and contractors. That is the whole and the sole reason of prop 205. To build a new commissioning department with no court oversight and fantastic police and procedural prosecutorial powers all hiding under the BS Bill Clinton legal raping of the country call civil seizure to promote police on the ground policy that gave us Ferguson and other ugly cull the citizens for cash Policing.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 05/07/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Got a Bachelor's Degree? There May Be a Public School Teaching Job Waiting For You.

I actually agree wholeheartedly with your first two paragraphs. My observation and conclusions from the data exactly. It is obvious to me that schools that focus intensely on test scores don't seem to be making progress academically. There are potential exceptions to this rule. However, look at the paradox. Test scores reveal that focusing on test scores doesn't work to improve academic results.

However, test scores reveal that focusing on quality increases test scores.

In the end, measurement helps inform policy. However, policy discussions remain at the kindergarten level so to speak. Of what good is it to be sane in an insane asylum?

The largely untested, unregulated portion of the spectrum i.e. kindergarten through 4th grade is improving academic results much much faster than the highly tested, accountability intense portion of the spectrum - 4th through 8th grade. In fact, the productivity of 4th through 8th grade appears to be plunging.

There are heavy caveats to this observation however. All day kindergarten has been proven to have a delayed negative reaction. In other words it boosts results in k through 3rd grade but by the end of 8th grade, full day kindergartners are a full one-tenth of a standard deviation behind half day kindergartners and full day kindergartners appear to be on a permanently negative arc relative to half day kindergartners. You can see a complete analysis of this on the RAND website.

A good part of Finland's success against us might be due to a delayed school start.

Education is a complex business.

Your simple assertion that what Arizona is doing doesn't work is belied by the facts:

Since Arizona started on the school choice path in 1993, murders by juveniles have dropped from 70 to 7 despite a tripling in our at-risk population. A recent, scholarly, Urban Institute study ranked Arizona schools 13th in the nation in academics. Local districts like Chandler Unified, Mesa, and Vail have seen the percentage of parents grading their childs school an A rise from 38% in the 1990s to 75% currently (Westgroup). Every scientific indicator suggests that Arizona is on the right path.

The media rankings based on things like Wallet Hub lack a scientific foundation. Compare us with Wisconsin for example. Our Black 8th graders outscore their Black 8th graders, decisively. Our Hispanic 8th graders outscore their Hispanics and our whites outscore their whites. Yet, Wallethub rates them higher than us academically. Wallethub is not scientific, they are policy morons, they and their "statistics" are a joke.

This blog honors all things that lead to more expensive government. But, we know that more expensive government destroys jobs and job creation. Running extremely frugal government is the most powerful indicator for job creation. The most frugal states in the nation double the job creation of the high spenders.

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Posted by on 05/07/2017 at 3:38 PM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

Martha McFOLLY likes to "say" she "represents" district 2, but she's nothing more than a toady for Paul Ryan. Yeah, easy to ruin our access to health care when the military has her covered.

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Posted by Helen Gex Greer on 05/06/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Got a Bachelor's Degree? There May Be a Public School Teaching Job Waiting For You.

Huppenthal -- Are you familiar with Campbell's Law?
"The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor."

This is very much what any one who has gotten close to publicly funded schools under accountability regimes observes to be going on: the tests used to measure academic merit are distorting and corrupting the educational processes they are intended to monitor. You can't get away from testing's effect by having a figure in upper level governance de-emphasizing it. It is in the system, in the ABC ratings, in NCLB, in Race to the Top, in US News and World Report rankings, etc., ad nauseam. People ignorant of education need some means to put gold stars on some programs and to stigmatize and shame others, most often those serving the disadvantaged. Administrators looking to accumulate resume-able accomplishments and / or success stories the media will print to give the public the impression they are "excelling" schools will exploit students and degrade what happens in their classrooms in order to get their data where they need it to be. It is not the case that good scores are a sign that "quality" (motivated teachers and students, engaged parents) is firmly in place. They are often a sure sign that the program in question games the system and disregards more valuable educational experiences for relentless test-prep regimes. Cf. Basis, cf. University High School.

On another topic, if you think Arizona teachers are leaving the field "not because of pay but because of job satisfaction," you are not talking to enough teachers. Pay is a large component of our retention and vacancy problems in this state. Compare teacher retention and vacancy rates in other states with those in Arizona. All states are dealing with some of the same problems relating to destructive accountability regimes, but most states have nowhere near the problem retaining teachers and filling teaching positions that we do here. Why? Some states, like Vermont, pay teachers in a way that makes sense considering the difficulty of their work and the value it contributes to the community.

Yes, state level leadership is "doing something different in Arizona." It is different from what works, different from what produces an educated citizenry, and different from what builds the health of the community and the economy. But they will keep doing it, no doubt, until someone stops them by voting better leadership in. Bargaining with them and collaborating with their debauched schemes TUSD-style and Darland-style is not a winning strategy.

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Posted by It's "something different," but it doesn't work. on 05/06/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Nine Books To Read This Summer

Two more books by Tucson author Lonni Lees:
The Mosaic Murder: Tucson police detective Maggie Reardon investigates a murder at a Tucson art gallery.
The Corpse in the Cactus: Maggie Reardon solves a murder at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
These, and other books by Lonni Lees are available at Amazon and Barnes &Nobles as print and electronic books.

Posted by JED on 05/06/2017 at 1:20 PM
Posted by SloRide on 05/06/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Mother Hubbard's Recognized as One of the Top 12 Diners in the U.S.

Mother Hubbard's has changed hands and frankly the sausage is at best average and the menu has changed.

Posted by Gene Spesard on 05/06/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Got a Bachelor's Degree? There May Be a Public School Teaching Job Waiting For You.

We are doing something different in Arizona. We are deregulating, getting rid of regulations that simply haven't worked to improve the quality of education.

How will we tell if this experiment is working? The National Assessment of Education (NAEP) progress is widely held as the gold standard for comparing states. So far, so good. RAND, perhaps the nation's premier think tank, did 3 analyses of NAEP data, ranking the states based on 1990's NAEP data. Recently, the Urban Institute, using a statistical technique very similar to RAND, ranked Arizona 13th based on 2015 data.

Not good enough, but very much an improvement over the average ranking of 21st by RAND.

The rankings you in this blog and other media, quoting sources like Wallethub, have no scientific foundation at all.

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Posted by on 05/06/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

@David Sahadi:

Charming. Your mother will be so proud when she reads your comment.

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Posted by Miss Manners on 05/06/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

I am pleased that Colonel McSally voted for the AHCA.

Obamacare is a failing bureaucratic mess, its mandates and discriminatory taxes are intolerable to me, and I want more choices in what I need in my healthcare insurance. Pregnancy/maternity care and "free" contraception coverage are not among my needs.

Best, James Stewart

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Posted by James Stewart on 05/06/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

Take your religious BS and cram it.

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Posted by Hard Off needs a little more than a bitch slap on 05/06/2017 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Cannabis: A conflict in cash

Well reading and tripping/medicating good article going down memory lane.. prop-205 it stunk in so many ways the composting is taking a long time.
Alcohol prohibition, When the federal government realized it could not pass a law that stopped fermentation. However lets take a look at the power behind the 18th and the 21st amendment. Both were the same group of wealthy women. The "Womens Christian Temperance Union" (WCTU) Women like Pauline Sabin who some say was the voice behind the repeal of he 18th amendment and the Volstead act. Pauline Sabin Wife of a investment brokerage banker her father a Bank President. Can we ponder how we might apply that today? Can you say Ivanka if she wants to become a political figure in the future her stand is more important now than ever. As well as McSally's in a very Blue county and town.

It appears that what is needed is a amendment to repeal the schedule one. Is there really any target left but that repeal of schedule 1. We can list the social inequities the the medical indifference the judicial misconduct. All of those are firmly in place with Schedule 1. I believe the solution to the repeal or a amendment doing so can be done with Women. Women dont need any more burden put on them raising families and paying all the indirect of the War on drugs.

There will be no quasi legalization of Marijuana in Arizona that does not include decriminalization. There will be no more" heads I win tails you" lose propositions like 205. Let me sand only us few in the market and go ahead and still over prosecute and seize. Which that power has been severely curtailed by this legislature.

With the repeal of Schedule One great things will rain like tasty goodies from a Pinata.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 05/05/2017 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Back When Arizonans Cared About Public Education, and Were Willing to Fight For Their Initiative Rights

Why do people who believe more money is not ther answer to better education, believe that less money is?

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Posted by Vietnam Vet on 05/05/2017 at 10:06 PM

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