I have not seen definitive facts about the actual enrollments in football, or the graduation rates over time of football players to truly evaluate effectively how successful the program was in its avowed mission of bringing opportunity to local high school players to advance their post-secondary education. I have heard a lot of emotion and vague numbers promising thunder and lightning if the college carries out this decision. But no one can deny that there will be nowhere to play in AZ or in the neighboring states. It's tough, but it's necessary.
Having worked and lived through the computerized education labs in reading and math which promised much and actually delivered no lasting results, I am highly skeptical of all computerized promises. What I learned through the experience is that appropriate software for kids in K-12 is tool-based, productivity oriented, creative, and applicable throughout the integrated curriculum. That requires a teacher who also is creative, productivity oriented, and aware of possibilities.
And by the way, Sixto Molina's comments at the call to the audience claiming he only found out on graduation day that his son would not graduate is not only ludicrous, but says his kid was hiding the information from. I expected better from a law and order man from South Tucson. A kid's life is not ruined by "not walking with his class." Why have the celebration when you haven't done the work? Systems are in place in each semester and quarter to inform parents when their kid is in grade trouble. A good principal requires from each of his teachers a list of those students in danger of failing at multiple times in the year. If the principal isn't delegating that task to an assistant principal, he has no business claiming he is too busy. That's an important job.
As a former principal, I know what is expected of an administrator when a "substitute teacher" is in an important class. Also, I know that last minute appeals to administration to change grades seldom prevail (thank God). There is a clearly defined process for appeals which Augie failed to acknowledge or to follow. That process is there because of state law, and also because of the supposedly sacred rule that the teacher knows what he/she is doing and should not be overset in a cavalier manner. Having not attended to the supposedly inadequate curriculum delivery through appropriate supervision during the semester, to jump in at the end and cast aspersions on the teacher is not proper administrative behavior. Also, his most passionate defender, the counselor, was wholly discounted by the investigator because she only knew what Augie told her to say. Too many high school stats have had doubt cast on them to be believable. A high level of skepticism about the wonders at Pueblo were raised and not investigated. Losing track of a master key resulting in a $1 million plus act of vandalism is not a small or trivial matter. Two days suspension over that event was a slap on the wrist. The supervisor of the High Schools Division does not engender respect as he ALWAYS supports the principal and lies about easily investigated matters. That this individual continues in office appalls me, but he's a good old boy (workout buddy with Sanchez) whose faculty was glad to see him kicked upstairs. This whole incident stinks to high heaven but it is not the stink of racism or hatred of MAS. It is clearly favoritism at the board level which happens far too often over the terms of the board members. I believe the right decision was made.
Now Marana goes through the same pathos that TUSD has experienced in 20 schools. Where are the scornful voices attacking the MUSD, claiming their program is the failure, and the loss of students attributed to poor management? Nobody has EVER liked having their personal school changed. When TUSD board members bit the bullet and made changes for financial reasons, it became a cause celebr for changing the board. Will that happen in MUSD? While sympathizing with the personal stories of the speakers about the fears for their children, I must confess to being somewhat befuddled by some of the comments. Paraphrasing, if you close my children's school, rather than sending my children to another school in the district that I love, I will leave the entire district and go to charters, another district, or homeschooling. Biting off your nose to spite your face much? What will the MUSD board do?