Betts Putnam-Hidalgo 
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Re: “All School Districts Are Not Created Equal in Ducey's Budget

Does this mean that Santa Rita High School is NOT under attack from Vail school district or Mr. Clodfelter's new proposal? In other words, Vail might have enough money to build that high school that it needs?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/16/2018 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Libertarians on Public ["Government"] Schools, From Milton Friedman to the Koch Brothers to UA and ASU: an Incomplete History

Why doesn't Mr. Anomaly's (ultimate) employer, the State of Arizona and its "government school" the University of Arizona, constitute an unlivable contradiction for him? Perhaps that is why he expresses only a NOTE of skepticism....it pays his salary. And if there must be no government bigger than a breadbox, why haven't we accordingly shrunk the military, which is TRULY the last bastion of socialism?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/03/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Mexican American Studies: What's Next?

Denny G, the evidence was sound,and is not hard to find. The audit of the program by Nolan Cabrera of the UA showed that they were indeed successful at producing better academic results and more motivated students. As the mother of a high school student, I am a bit offended by the implication that nothing has changed since the post second world war period and am insulted by the idea that students should wait until college to see themselves represented in the history of this country. You and I, white people perhaps with freckles who's heritage is European certainly never did need a European studies section because that is the bedrock of the old canon.we are the only people who DO see ourselves represented in history...actually you, as a male, probably a little more than me. Women also don't figure much in history. My point is, you and I got what other students deserve without even having to ask for it!ALL history at that time and later, when I was a kid, was Western European Studies. To not recognize that everyone deserves to see their threads in the tapestry of history is closed minded at the very least, and quite racist,even if unintentionally, at its worst.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/01/2018 at 7:58 PM

Re: “The Latest U.S. International Reading Scores Are Flat

US teachers have NOT become ineffective, Wayne Olson. Using up vast quantities of instructional time on test prep and testing itself, tying scores to teacher and administrative pay and advancement possibilities and other toxic intrusions on a teachers' ability to actually teach have always been ineffective, and now we have a decade and a half of proof that that is the case. Teaching to the test has become the mantra, and the kids' education be damned. And of course we are so "data driven" that we just ignore the data that has been showing us that for all these years.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/12/2017 at 5:52 AM

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

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