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Re: “Natural Remedies

Great information!

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Posted by Leila on 11/21/2019 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Interview With TUSD Board Member Leila Counts

Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions, David! As I said, I am glad to be taking on this challenge- TUSD board work. To serve our students, families and TUSD educators has been one of the greatest joys in my life!

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Posted by Leila on 08/17/2019 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Who Wins When People Trash TUSD?

Great article, David. Thank you for your knowledge, experience and insight. - Leila Counts, TUSD Board Member, Happy TUSD Parent, Educator

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Posted by Leila on 07/31/2019 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Why the Common Wisdom About TUSD's Declining Enrollment Is Wrong

Nope, I pulled my kid from a well-regarded and highly-rated private school (will not say names) and put him in a D-rated elementary school, with a new principal and new dual-language program. I could tell from my professional experience in rating educational quality, it was an excellent school, regardless of their state letter grade.
But real educators dont need to rely on superficial measurements to know a good school when they see one. So yes, it was a D school I put my son into (they are now a B) and I did so happily!
P.S. McCorkle, Warren and many other TUSD schools are also doing good things. Id suggest walking away from the keyboard and doing something helpful IN THE SCHOOLS to broaden your perspective.

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Posted by Leila on 07/06/2019 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Why the Common Wisdom About TUSD's Declining Enrollment Is Wrong

Not sure how the above angry and anonymous commentator can deny your hard numbers, but alas, those who wish to negatively spin will.
That anonymous writer might find my story to be contrary evidence to their claims but here it goes...
I hate to admit that few years ago I too believed that negative spin about TUSD and sent my son to a private school for his first few months in kinder. Thankfully, I can also say that I quickly saw the light and the truth, that TUSD is a good district! I came to this truth as an education professional, observing my sons private school class (not great) and comparing it to my observations at 3 different TUSD kinder classrooms. The TUSD classrooms were head and shoulders above the private and charter classes I had observed.
The TUSD teachers were true professionals, engaging their students in meaningful and deep learning, with masterful classroom management skills and educational artistry! The principals were the kind of warm & welcoming community builders that every parent dreams of.
As I said on the John C. Scott Show and will continue to say to anyone else who cares to listen, TUSD is a good district! We do have some challenges (as all districts, schools and educational institutions do) but it is fine and appropriate to be proud of our TUSD!

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Posted by Leila on 07/05/2019 at 8:08 PM

Re: “A Multi-Factored Look At TUSD's Enrollment Decline

Very insightful article. Im a board member and TUSD parent and we LOVE our schools. No district is perfect (my job takes me to many charters and ALL districts) but things are generally good and most definitely getting better!

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Posted by Leila on 06/21/2019 at 4:40 PM

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