Betts Putnam-Hidalgo 
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Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

Wayne Olson, I can't imagine what you are talking about here, what relevance it has to either the article (oh forget talking about that!!!) or the conversation? Have you left out some reference to religion in your story that I don't know about? How does upgrading a Memorial Union (is that not a student union, like at the UA? What does it have to do with religion?) I don't concern myself with ASU, and I don't consider myself anti-faith. On pro public schools, you have it right. And, incidentally, I don't think that I even have "a whole agenda".

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/07/2017 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Student Housing Shakedown

Kozachik is right to question this issue and Durham, who ran on "progressive values" should watch his lead carefully and follow it. This developer is definitely one to stop. The poorly named Michael Goodman has already destroyed one neighborhood after another in his quest to make more and more mini-dorms...and more and more money for himself. Jefferson Park has had a nightmare of a time trying to stop his developments, with long-term residents being boxed in by the big ugly yellow things. If you've noticed that we have fewer and fewer historic homes, you probably can thank Mr. Goodman, who really has made a complete mockery of what "historic" even means. At some point, the city and the University need to sit down and come to a decision about how much is enough--should the whole of center city Tucson be turned over to the behemoth and its high priced housing, or should those of us who live in Tucson be allowed to have a historic city center to enjoy ourselves?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/07/2017 at 5:14 AM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

"Tired of self congratulation...etc. etc. etc." some of us DO show up at TUSD Board meetings, and have been for a long time. I don't buy arguments that seek to undo the separation of church and state, and I never have. I don't think tax money in a country that constitutionally IS supposed to separate those things should go for religious instruction. Period. Not Catholic, not Muslim, not Protestant, not any of it. Such draining of tax monies is among the things that have caused the public schools to decline. Recall that I said SOME. Mismanagement at TUSD is PART of the story, and it happens to be the part that we can work on locally, so its important. But its not ALL of the story, no matter how articulate the argument against the district is. AND it doesn't hold for all public school districts. Your "stretching" of the concept of freedom of religion is befitting the owners of Hobby Lobby and the cake maker who swears that to make a cake for a same sex wedding doesn't allow him his freedom of religion (oh, or speech). I don't buy it there, and I won't buy it here. As happens with other rights held dear by the reigning powers in the country, the right to religion (which is really a misnomer, because the only one that counts is the right to Christianity, of course) is beginning to trample all over other rights. Here, you would have it trample over the rights to public education as they are having it trample over women's rights to make decisions about their/our bodies. Its not even a slippery slope, its a damned cliff.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/06/2017 at 10:35 PM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

David, two more great reads on the subject: "Stamped from the Beginning" by Ibram X. Kendi, an incredibly well researched and documented (and damning) history of the racist ideas that undergird the country from day one...Warning! if American exceptionalism appeals to you, it probably won't after reading this book, as it was certainly used in the early days (as today) as a form of white supremacy....and "Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein which traces an insidious history of the US government role in segregation through very careful (and tended) redlining through the use of segregated home (and home building/developers') loans, VA benefits, neighborhood covenants, etc. These tiny bureaucratic details that were instituted by every federal agency resulted in the creation of white neighborhoods (and, by definition, non-white neighborhoods) that remain today, and that are frequently cited as the reason we cannot desegregate our schools. If you thought neighborhood segregation was just because "people like to live around their own kind" think again. There are serious economic incentives to do so and they go all the way back through our history.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/06/2017 at 6:14 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Apropos of nothing in the article, but of the last comment by Jonathan K---sixteen women have come forward and claimed that the President has 16 sexually molested them. While Democrat lawmakers fall like bowling pins, who among our supine press or Congress will suggest that he undergo an Ethics Committee Review and resign?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 11/30/2017 at 8:19 AM

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

According to Dr. Villarreal-Diaz who was at the time of my research into this course one of a few professors in the Freedom Center, a considerable amount of the money also came from Jim Click. I am a bit suspicious of Dr. V-D's accuracy, but he did state this to the site council meeting at Tucson High that handled this subject when one of its members raised questions about the course. What I would like to know more about now is how is it that the high school teachers can be trained to give the course through a summer class, while every other high school teacher giving a dual enrollment class has to get a masters and additional credits in the subject of the course. Perhaps this is why not every district offers the courses as dual enrollment, and perhaps this is part of the reason that the course is not ALWAYS deemed eligible to fulfill state requirements for a single economy class in high school.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 11/21/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Trusting Entrepreneurs to Improve Education: A Cautionary Tale

Please, to the usual chorus of commenters on David's posts who often chime in about how much TUSD would be improved by such a strategy because of how awful (they think) it is, put your child where your mouth is. Whether intended or unintended (I tend to think the former: I don't care what political party the tech giants belong to) this is just the latest idea to break teachers' unions, privatize our schools and turn our kids into one giant pool of future consumers for the vultures to take advantage of. Such use of our public school kids should be called what it is: information age child abuse.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 11/14/2017 at 8:11 AM

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