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Re: “The Weekly List: 23 Things To Do In Tucson This Week

The audience participation volunteer "cannons" performances in the 1812 Overture with the Tucson Pops Orchestra are always fun. If you're having trouble deciding on Sunday night, try the free concert at Randolph (Reid) Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center. Best way to get there? Take the free shuttles run by the Parks and Recreation Department -
5 PM to 10 PM from Randolph Golf Course Parking Lot at 600 S. Alvernon Way. We get dropped off & picked up behind the bandshell, avoiding the trouble of finding parking with a long walk & traffic jams after the concerts. Program: https://www.tucsonpops.org/june-10-mdash-1…

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Posted by MMP on 06/08/2018 at 10:21 AM

Re: “The Games BASIS Plays

College readiness & U.S. News ratings aside, it does seem as if you should forget TUSD if your child excels at Math. In this year's Southern Arizona Middle School MathCounts competition, the top individual score was by a student at BASIS Oro Valley, followed by one from Sonoran Science Academy in second place and a student from Orange Grove Middle School in third place.

In all, 34 students from 12 local schools advanced to the state-level MathCounts Competition, which was held March 24 in Phoenix.

Tucson-area schools that went to the state competition were: Orange Grove Middle School, BASIS Tucson North, The Gregory School, BASIS Oro Valley, Sonoran Science Academy, Coronado K-8 School, Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, Emily Gray Junior High School, Sonoran Science Academy on Broadway, Tucson Hebrew Academy, Old Vail Middle School and Amphitheater Middle School. These are all charter, parochial, or private schools, or public schools from districts that border TUSD. Not a single finalist was from TUSD - by far the largest district.

All 4 state finalists 22 years ago were from two TUSD schools - Alice Vail & Booth-Fickett. I couldn't find the March 24th results, but last year all finalists were from Phoenix area schools. BASIS may not meet your standards, but several BASIS & other charter schools obviously do better at teaching Math than any Middle School in TUSD.

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Posted by MMP on 05/14/2018 at 1:58 PM

Re: “School Closures Continue Into a Second Week of Walkouts

#Redfored is misdirected - The scores you show look FANTASTIC compared to those of the High School in my neighborhood (Central Tucson):


91% not proficient in English.
90% not proficient in Math.

Skimming through the scores I see many under 25% proficiency: http://kjzz.org/az-merit-search?school=&di…

This is why so many taxpayers are opposed to across the board raises for all teachers, including the failures. Most would happily support sensible raises for successful teachers & huge raises for the rare exceptional teacher. Many kids realize they're smarter than their teachers by the time they're in 3rd or 4th grade. Believe me ... they talk about teacher stupidity to their parents (if the parents - taxpayers - haven't already witnessed it for themselves).

TUSD needs a plan to get rid of all the failures BEFORE many parents & taxpayers will enthusiastically support increases. So far, the only successful parental effort I know about was a letter-writing campaign that got a horrible teacher transferred to another school. She became the problem for other students & parents.

Another problem teacher (alcoholic) was put on some sort of probation, but could still substitute. He reeked of strong liquor by noon. Kids who had him told the parents he smoked in class. Why can't this type of so-called teacher be banned from the district?

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Posted by MMP on 05/01/2018 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Laughing Stock: Architecture, Historic and Human

It's hard to take the Broadmoor Broadway Village Neighborhood Association & their so-called "historic designation" seriously when few residents seemed to care about the careless & somewhat mysterious name change of Croydon Street. All the streets, including Croydon, were named after historical towns in England. Somehow a careless clerk or sloppy sign shop worker decided to change the spelling to "Croyden". For a number of years, the owners of houses bought before that date lived on Croydon, & later buyers on Croyden. No doubt the older deeds still have the correct spelling, but a few years ago some government employee decided to change ALL the addresses to the misspelling "Croyden". The neighborhood is now a representative example of the joke that is Tucson's educational system!

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Posted by MMP on 04/09/2018 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Best "Police Dispatch" story I've ever seen! Thank you.

Posted by MMP on 03/02/2018 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Danehy

I won't even try to understand somebody who can listen to pompous buffoon Rush Limbaugh (& I consider myself a right-wing Conservative), but you should expect remarks limited to other people like you who seem to find it worthwhile.

The one comment that seems to be agreed on by people of all ages - even students - is the violent video game factor. Canada banned them years ago.

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Posted by MMP on 03/01/2018 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Big Bucks Conservative Donors Beyond the Koch Brothers

Ken Solar - You're forgetting that many countries, some states, and famously Henry Ford, instituted higher wages, maximum work hours, and a long list of other benefits totally without unions. Some unions actually worked to create rules that worsened working situations many employees enjoyed. Today it's no secret unions have been an important factor in our horrible public education & the loss of industries & jobs to other countries.

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Posted by MMP on 02/28/2018 at 6:34 AM

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