David Safier 
Member since Apr 11, 2011

Recent Comments

Re: “Wilmington, Tulsa, Orangeburg And The Blackout of Black History

Jack Bass. Thank you for your comment. I'm a member of the Museum of African-American history. Though my yearly dues don't give me any cache, I certainly will write to the museum and see if I can find more information about why the Orangeburg Massacre isn't included in any of the exhibits.

For readers of these comments: I looked up reviews of Mr. Bass's book and see it was reviewed favorably at the time of publication in the likes of the Kirkus Review and the New York Times.

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Posted by David Safier on 11/11/2019 at 9:27 PM

Re: “The Koch Network's New K-12 Pose: "Let's All Be Friends!"

A few comments.

To clarify what Elizabeth Warren has proposed: She wants to eliminate the federal grants for expanding charter schools. She advocates for quadrupling Title 1 funds for schools with lots of low income students. That includes charter schools. She also wants to get rid of for-profit charters and management organizations which run some charters. None of this will end charter schools, especially since federal money only accounts for about 10 percent of K-12 funding.

As for Libertarians and education, the first thing that must be said is all Libertarians are not alike, just like all progressives and conservatives are not alike. But the Koch brand of Libertarianism has been for charters and vouchers to act as a transition to a time when no public money goes into K-12 education. Whether anyone in the Koch Network would say that today, that's the position underlying their ideas about K-12 education.

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Posted by David Safier on 10/24/2019 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Democrat Kathy Hoffman Is Arizona Republicans' Enemy Number One

A note to "Q.E.D., again": I don't agree with you on most occasions, and I wish you would settle on a handle so it's clear who is commenting. On the other hand, anyone who got my John Milton reference and could link it to Cromwell and the Puritans is at least a little all right in my book. However, in response, if I felt I had to agree with the politics or religious leanings of every writer, artist and musician I admire, I would be in serious trouble. Milton's sonnet stands on its own merits.

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Posted by David Safier on 10/21/2019 at 1:26 PM

Re: “The Star Gets It Right About Pima County Standardized Test Scores

Debbie T, could children in various areas of Tucson take a bus directly to a school in the Foothills or another neighboring district? I doubt it could be done easily. It's really dependent on parents having the desire, the transportation and the time to ferry their kids to another district. All those, and the knowledge that children can go to out of district schools (not everyone knows that), favor parents with a high level of education and a good income.

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Posted by David Safier on 10/10/2019 at 1:16 PM

Re: “The Star Gets It Right About Pima County Standardized Test Scores

Don Betson, you might consider giving my post another read-through. What you way in your second paragraph is the point I made in the post. We agree.

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Posted by David Safier on 10/09/2019 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Interview With TUSD Board Member Leila Counts

To "Please address vacancy rates": I want to correct the impression that I presented the case for Leila Counts' position on the board. I asked questions, she answered them, and I put her words and her answers in the published interview.

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Posted by David Safier on 08/18/2019 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Interview With TUSD Board Member Leila Counts

Shari 07, you see the statement about an interview being edited for clarity at the top of many interviews. It means that what you're reading isn't word for word, everything Leila Counts said, but it's her words and her ideas.

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Posted by David Safier on 08/16/2019 at 2:27 PM

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