David Safier 
Member since Apr 11, 2011

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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

Re: “The Star's Creative Headline Writing Team Is At It Again: Trump Edition

E7 Sergeant, you need to reread yesterday's post. I said the reporter did an excellent job with the story, and the original online headline was accurate. What I criticized was the revised headline. Instead of capturing the sense of the article, it was slanted against Pima County school districts.

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Posted by David Safier on 08/06/2019 at 2:34 PM

Re: “How much is Arizona spending to bail out private schools?

The comments here don't go quite far enough in their personal attacks for me to delete them, but they come pretty close. People on both sides of the argument, please keep you comments directed at the points made by other commenters, not at the commenters themselves.

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Posted by David Safier on 07/30/2019 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Did I Underestimate the Impact Of Open Enrollment In My Last Post?

Bill Scheel, do you have any data on the number of students who come to TUSD from other districts? If you do, please share. I'm interested in knowing more.

I know a few years ago Tim Steller wrote that a third of the incoming University High freshmen were out of district, but that's still a small number. People may choose to come to schools like Sam Hughes, but are those schools different enough from what people would find in other districts to attract many people? I don't know. But my guess is that the total influx of students to TUSD from out of district is less than 500, while the students going outside of TUSD is many thousands. I could be way off.

I'm sure there's quite a bit of in-district open enrollment in TUSD, but that doesn't affect the overall district enrollment numbers.

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Posted by David Safier on 06/28/2019 at 4:18 PM

Re: “AZ Senate Republicans Push For a New NAU "Freedom School" While They Undercut University, K-12 Funding

Carrie, the charter money I mentioned in my post is for more employees for the state charter board. Since its inception, the board has been purposely understaffed so they wouldn't have the time to visit and conduct oversight of charters. The increased staff is a positive move, spurred by the great reporting in the Republic about charter school scandals which would have flown under the radar if it wasn't for the reporting.

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Posted by David Safier on 05/16/2019 at 8:36 AM

Re: “It's Not a Slam Dunk, But LeBron's "I Promise School" Is Scoring

Mr Ed, I'm not sure if this is a simple misunderstanding of the quote you pulled out or something more mischievous, but I'll assume it's a misunderstanding.

The student goals a district sets are the levels of progress they expect students to make from one year to the next. If students' scores don't reach the expected progress, they have not reached the set goals. That means 10 percent of the I Promise students fell short of the expected improvement, compared to 30 percent for the district as a whole.

If you read the 4th paragraph, you'll see that their growth is substantial considering where they began.

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Posted by David Safier on 05/08/2019 at 7:23 PM

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