David Safier 
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Re: “The TUSD Board Should Publicly Affirm Judge Tashima's Ruling

Ah John. John, John, John, John.

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Posted by David Safier on 02/06/2018 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Koch Brothers Emerge (a Little) From the Shadows, Part 2: Connecting Some "Education Reform"/Privatization Dots

Matthew Ladner, it may be that I'm too kind. I admittedly have a soft spot for your style and wit -- I recognize talent when I see it -- though not for your destructive contribution to the privatization movement. But I don't think I'm being kind to acknowledge the amount of impact you've had on your side of the education debates. Your "Aw shucks, little ol' me?" pretense, that you don't deserve much recognition, doesn't hold up against your substantial resume or your influence.

As for the NAEP scores, I know about them and have seen you refer to them repeatedly. I also remember when you used similar repetition of Arizona's low 4th grade reading scores to show how miserable Arizona's public education system was, especially compared -- by you, repeatedly -- to Florida's 4th grade scores. You have an eye for the one stat that reinforces the point you want to make. It's part of your M.O., right alongside your penchant for starting with the conclusion you want to reach and working backwards from there to find the facts that fit your conclusions.

Ah, Matthew, if only you used your gifts for good instead of evil.

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Posted by David Safier on 02/03/2018 at 9:11 AM

Re: “A Comparative Look at TUSD's AzMERIT Scores

Since I have been writing for The Range, I have never had anyone question, or direct, what I write. On a few occasions I've asked for Jim Nintzel's advice when I was writing on an issue I thought might be sensitive to make sure I was covering it accurately and reasonably, and he always gave me the go-ahead. In one case when I asked for his advice, he said, "Maybe this is important enough, it belongs in the print edition." And on the rare occasion I've temporarily pulled a post, it's always been because I felt I needed to take it back into the shop for repairs, as I did in this case.

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Posted by David Safier on 01/25/2018 at 7:30 AM

Re: “A Comparative Look at TUSD's AzMERIT Scores

"Well done, David Safier," you are one careful reader. The reason I pulled the post temporarily is that with something like this, I want every word to be accurate. "Poverty" wasn't the correct word, I realized, because Reduced Lunch assistance includes families above the poverty line. To take care of that, I put in "low income" instead. It's not a change so much as a clarification. I seem to remember I messed with a few stylistic things near the end, but I didn't change the substance.

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Posted by David Safier on 01/24/2018 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Where I Went Wrong in My Earlier Budget Post

John, I didn't state that the $88.1 million wasn't new spending. I said that the entire $88.1 million won't come out of this year's budget. It will be $5.1 million for the next 25 years. Of course it's new spending, but you can't add all of it to this year's total.

Two quotes from my post.
"That means every year for the next 25 years, $5.5 million for those schools will be part of the education budget."
"The budget includes $5.1 million for new school construction, not $88.1 million."

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Posted by David Safier on 01/19/2018 at 7:35 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A T. Watch: Immigration, Libel, Treason

Rocky29, love the idea of Trump recording everything. It worked great for Nixon. What could go wrong, especially for a truth teller like Trump?

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Posted by David Safier on 01/13/2018 at 9:00 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A T. Watch: Immigration, Libel, Treason

Wayne, aren't you just a little bit ashamed of your attempts to say it didn't happen, that Trump didn't call some countries shitholes?

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Posted by David Safier on 01/12/2018 at 5:55 PM

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