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Re: “Thornydale Elementary Closing After 4-1 Governing Board Decision

You can't compare the $10,363 which is a total number including federal and debt service with the $4,662 which is likely just Operation and Maintenance.

Marana is likely to find that they can't save money by closing schools. A harsh new reality. They are going to lose a lot of those students.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 12/10/2018 at 12:07 AM

Re: “Thornydale Elementary Closing After 4-1 Governing Board Decision

"Marana spends $4,662 per student, Does anybody know what TUSD spends?"

We don't have this year's data yet, but you can get last year's data from the AZED.gov website from the Superintendent's report.

TUSD total spending was $456 million, which when you divide by attendance 44,948 is $10,363.

But, that's not the number being quoted.

It also includes high schools which are more expensive.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 12/08/2018 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Hanging Up My Blogging Hat (Pretty Much, Anyway)

Well David, we will miss you. You obviously cared a great deal about your students and the quality of the education they continue to receive.

We might have beat on your ideas but that is the strength of our culture.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 11/21/2018 at 6:09 PM

Re: “So How Did That "Vote For Education" Thing Work Out?

"The defeat of Proposition 305 is a big deal."

No, it is not.

Strong school choice supporters were very much against Prop 305. As legislation, it expanded scholarships to 30,000. As an initiative, it permanently limited them to 30,000. Our goal is break free from district education and create a 3 part public education system that more than doubles the rates of academic gain for students from poverty. That three part system is a) districts b) charters and c) scholarships. Each being open to everyone.

David, districts have had their chance. They are a racist institution designed to keep poor students out of good schools.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 11/16/2018 at 10:20 AM

Re: “University of Arizona Police Warn Students After Multiple Assaults on Campus

University Campuses are gun free zones. They know anyone leaving campus is a sitting duck.

They know you can't defend yourself.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 11/09/2018 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Nothing Scares Republicans More Than Angry Democrats

Fury over what? For breaking your cultural trap? For 38 years and more you all have brainwashed people into believing that the rate of taxation of economic growth doesn't affect the rate of growth.

That's your real fury.

You have a great gig trapping Black and Brown people on welfare. Now, they are escaping at the rate of 130,000 per month.

In the last 20 months, Trump has set 13 all time records for combined Black and Hispanic employment. 3.7 million people have left food stamps. And, the jobs are at higher wages than in 2016, contrary to all the screaming in the press.

You all are foaming at the mouth. If this goes on for another 12 months, you are finished. And, its going to continue, not just for another 12 months, for another 6 years.

According to Gallup, over 140 million of the planet's 7.3 billion are actively planning to move to the U.S. that's more than enough to sustain 4% growth.

And, that number is going to get much larger, much larger.

And, with Trump's tax reform, more than 450 million workers in China, 300 million in India, a 110 million in Europe and 160 million in Latin American's would see a 100% tax reduction by moving to the U.S. Thats not 100% of a small number, thats 100% of a large number. All these countries have high tax rates on what we would describe as lower middle class incomes.

less than twenty countries of the world had a Reagan revolution.

Those successfully making it to the U.S. are likely to be their most ambitious and industrious.

In network theory terms, it's called checkmate. We now have an absolute and irretrievable advantage over all other networks. Much like Google in search and Facebook in advertising.

And, the result is likely to accelerate over time, not slow down.

Instead of being furious, you should be puzzled and bewildered.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 10/16/2018 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Double O Teacher

The Arizona Child Fatality Review has been published for 24 years. The most recent report showed 783 deaths of children of age 1 to 17. Only 29% from natural causes. Of the 783 children who died, 42 were murdered. 38 committed suicide.

Not one of those deaths in 24 years, 23,653 in total, could have been prevented by allowing teachers to carry guns in school. So, by definition, such a policy could only have increased risk of child death, not reduced it.

But, the same can not be said of the 38 suicides. From the research on suicides, we know that every one of them is preventable.

There is a science of game theory. For 200 years, but not before that, we have designed schools to be a zero-sum game for students. Zero-sum games have a crude and ugly side. To increase your status, you have to beat down the person above you and keep the person below you beat down. Read how the Columbine killers were treated by their classmates to get a full sense of this phenomena in action at its very worst.

The human brain was designed to key off and learn as a result of a non-zero sum game environment.
So, by definition, our public "education" is incapable of teaching the students who would be the losers. The human brain gains none of the signals it needs to create permanent memories and skills in this environment. We just simply weren't designed to be the lone wolves that our ancient classroom structure demands.

While I was superintendent, we had a non-zero sum game educational project under development, code-named freethrows. That project collapsed when I left. So, when I left the department, I had to start from scratch. Last week, I got to watch a classroom of Native-American fifth grade math students each do an average of 350 math problems each correctly in 11 minutes. Last week I also was able to watch two African American and a Hispanic sixth grader in the highest net-crime zip code in Maricopa county do over a 1,000 math problems each in less than 20 minutes. They were averaging over 50 problems correctly a minute for 20 straight minutes. Not one student in a thousand has the mental stamina to pull that off. These three students have been in that non-zero sum environment for a year and a quarter. But, just for mathematics.

Nothing but smiles, laughter in this environment. One student said, "this is so much fun, I am shaking."

Unlike our other demographic groups, Arizona has the lowest Native American test scores in the nation. They are the ultimate victims of district education. They have, by far, the highest suicide rate.

David, you are talking about preventing child deaths. Look down at your hands. You may not realize it but they are covered in blood.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 08/27/2018 at 6:28 AM

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