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

Thanks for an informative article! When I first heard about yes. every kid I read what I could find about it on its website and was horrified at the dog whistles within the phrases that were there. You have cited some above, and many sound like a teachers' dream. But look a little further and what it looks like is computer/distance learning...a scary concept indeed to those of us who feel that a very large and essential part of public schooling is that kids are exposed to people who are different from them, and have to learn how to live with that (and with them). That is training for real life, and the academics are only a part of it. But when our public schools are stifled by constant standardized testing taking the excitement out of learning and substituting rote learning, when our teachers are forced to be worried about extra MINUTES of instructional time (because time "off" is no longer valued as time "on") and when so many incentives add up to teaching to the test, phrases like "your input will be valued" can be like the proverbial golden ring, offering the possibility of teaching as it was beFORE the reformers got ahold of it and swore that the numbers tell the whole story.....

it will be interesting to hear just what it is that is being offered. I look forward to more info in the future....

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 11/03/2019 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Classroom Inclusion

I worked with Cecilia Padilla at Holladay, and as angry as I am at Chicanos por la Causa for their support for the NO on 205 campaign, I have to give them credit for choosing her for this award. She is an amazing teacher and the kids under her care and pedagogy grew so very much! In those years she really was a bright star although it wasn't clear to me that she got enough credit for it. The school was struggling through all sorts of issues, and I thought that she moved on to a different district partially because there was a big pay increase involved. I could be wrong on the details, but I am right when I say that she is amazing person who passes on a feeling of love and safety to her students that is rare for someone with such high standards. Clone yourself before you leave, Cecilia, our schools need you!

Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 10/18/2019 at 8:13 AM

Re: “The Star's Creative Headline Writing Team Was Hard At Work In Tuesday's Print Edition

David, kinda stupid question from here: How do you find the original version of the headline? Do you go to the source of the (more and more) outsourced articles? This is very interesting. Guess all those charges of "Red Star" are hitting home to our more and more corporate ownership.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 10/09/2019 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Romero Wins Tucson's Mayoral Primary, Advances to General Election

If regina has an ounce of aoc in her it is time to show it. Be smart, be bold, support prop 205. Show us that you are a visionary, not just a part of the same old machine that has been running this town for decades. Because up to now, this was just another sign that big money wins elections. This time you had sinema, deep pocketed republicans and shadowy poorly registered pacs behind you to beat a democrat... kinda scary thinking of who you will have in november to beat a republican!.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 08/28/2019 at 4:56 AM

Re: “Charges Dropped for the Arizona Three

And I should add that I hope you haters have never taken advantage of an 8 hour work day or a 40 hour week, or any of the other things we take for granted that were actually fought for through non violent protest. "ignorant protest" indeed!

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 04/23/2019 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Charges Dropped for the Arizona Three

Reading this comment thread makes me, once again, pretty disgusted by the community, or perhaps the country, that I live in. Since when is speech free for the haters, but no one else? Since when can an idiot so-called religious man stand on the mall with his hate speech, screeching out obscenities and vicious comments, and students cannot protest? Get a grip, haters. Rights are for all of us, not just you. The Arizona 3 have been exonerated, but the background issue of whether it is appropriate for Border Patrol to be on the campus armed and dangerous has been left aside. I stand with the student protesters on this one.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 04/23/2019 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Shot in the Dark: An Always-Open Cafe Closes its Doors

Can't something be done about such things? Can't progressively higher rents be regulated in the effort to keep Shots in the Dark or Revolutionary Grounds type places open and keep Starbucks at bay? Just how powerful IS that buy local phrase anyway. I live downtown, am happy with the development, but see it slipping into anywheres-ville as local places are pushed out and corporate places come in. Seems to me that it doesn't have to be that way--downtown can develop without gentrifying if greedy landlords are limited. But I suppose that curbing greed is not really the American Way, is it?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/10/2019 at 7:15 AM

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