Betts Putnam-Hidalgo 
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Re: “Meet the New 'What the Hell, I Got Nothing Else To Do' Teacher

Does anyone who supports this policy remember how mature YOU were when you graduated with your BA or BS? This is a disastrous idea right out of the cooker of no less a public school advocate than Lisa Graham Keegan and of course the still-celebrated but (thankfully) EX - Superintendent of TUSD. One has to wonder if his most avid cheerleaders support this idea--you know, the teachers and a principal or two that can't wait to have their pictures taken with him. Way to support public ed, y'all. I must say that having spent the weekend reading about the Texas Miracle, I see where he got his bag of tricks and I would respectfully suggest that we VERY carefully vet educators from that state in the future.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 05/31/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

I ask all of you who think this is a great idea to send your children to a school taught by this new pool of teachers, thats all. If we had had this kind of teacher under HT Sanchez, who co-wrote an article suggesting this very thing with the voucher queen, and HIS district, TUSD, had been allowed to train people with a BA or a BS to be teachers, we would have even more of his minions who mindlessly follow his lead than we have now. He paid close attention to training all of the new principals he brought on, and that hasn't necessarily brought bucketloads of good news to the district. Highlighting loyalty over credentials (even his own!) is not a good leadership strategy and slowly but surely kills the institution. Given how long it will take to clear the deadwood of the district out--that is, the folks, starting at the Board level, who are awfully good followers but miserable leaders--that would probably be educational malpractice towards our students and fatal for the district.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 05/29/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Because of Results-Based Funding, 15 to 17 Percent of Schools Will Get "A" Grades, Down From 30 Percent. Here's Why That's Important

Whenever the word "choice" comes out, buyer beware. That is not a choice for the many (the 80% that "choose" public education) but for the few (that have a good 1/2 or 3/4 of the tuition for their favorite private institution to begin with). Welfare for the rich, cloaked in the language of choice is what this administration has to offer. When previous Superintendent Sanchez championed the award the district received for offering the most "choice" some of us thought he was doing the same thing. Unfortunately the biggest "choice" that people utilized under his administration was to leave, en masse, for charters, especially at the middle school level. Despite the machinations he used to try to hide it, and despite the enrollment lies told by his biggest Board cheerleader during her campaign, this continued a tradition that has plagued TUSD for a long time. Now it will need to be resolved in a considerably more difficult educational landscape.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 05/24/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Can Voters Defeat the Vouchers-For-All Law?

Vouchers are clearly a way to drain public dollars that go to the schools that 80% of the population chooses ... in order to fund private schools. I am not at ALL convinced that public schoolchildren are being sacrificed (or held as "economic hostages") in order to save public schools (in fact I think its really offensive)--nor am I convinced that we should all overlook the religious side of Catholic education just because the schools are well organized. I would not expect public monies to send my student to a madrasa, to a Jewish school, nor to a Catholic or Bible school. Kudos to them if their schools are so-called "good schools"--public monies going to religious entities goes against the separation of church and state that this country is supposedly founded on. But who cares about that?!

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 05/22/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Got a Bachelor's Degree? There May Be a Public School Teaching Job Waiting For You.

Indeed, as I have stated elsewhere, this is just the bill suggested by HT Sanchez and Graham-Keegan in the Daily Star some time last year. Don't be fooled--that doesn't make it non-partisan: Sanchez was told by the Board majority that although he was a Republican in Texas he would have to re-register as a Democrat here.....which it seems he never did,(register, that is), or at least he didn't show up on the rolls, despite how often he showed up in the state house to tell them how to educate our kids. This idea was one of his worst, in my mind. As a once- landscaper, I know exactly how respected one feels when the people who hire you are all sure they can do the job better than you can, and that is the sentiment expressed here. Yeah, sure, excite 38 kids all together in a classroom about learning? And then get them to advance and satisfy expectations for the high stakes standardized testing at the end of the semester? Easy. Right? Everyone who thinks that ought to have to do it (but my child will not be available for your experiment). Will Basis be hiring those teachers, Freuchtendler, Sahuaro or UHS? Its just another nail in the coffin of a profession that should be honored and paid above all others, for it is creating and tending the future.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 05/05/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

I heard this morning that Ducey has signed a bill to degrade the certification that a teacher needs to teach in Arizona, an idea shared by Dr. Sanchez and Lisa Graham Keegan (…) a while ago. Where in this would you place that initiative, David? I put it into yet another way to degrade Arizona schooling, and it makes me happy that my son is almost out of K-12. Soon we will have the old buildings that have received no capital improvements, teachers staffing them that have received little to no teacher training.....what a mirage public education in Arizona will be. And he has the unmitigated GALL to call himself the education governor? He ought to go get some before he talks about it.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 05/03/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Libraries Trump Hate

Cutting libraries is a little like cutting Meals on Wheels--both programs are life-savers, not only for the nutrients they provide but for the community they engender as well. We have the money to fund all the war toys we want, so that OUR playground bully can exchange threats with other playground bullies on a world stage, but no money for libraries and Meals on Wheels. We can fund a passel of Tomahawks and "the mother of all bombs" to destroy other countries, but can't fund the social infrastructure of our own. And then locally we are supposed to be happy to have Raytheon, who makes the war toys, donate to our pathetically underfunded public schools. Don't get me wrong, as a public school advocate, I AM happy that they participate. I'm just sorry that our (and their) economic health depends on the destruction of resources worldwide. I just wish that their business contributed to REAL world security, instead of just their donations.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 04/20/2017 at 7:56 AM

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