Disillusioned 
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Re: “Ed Supe Candidate Diane Douglas Is Playing Hard To Get, And Find, And Talk To

Just as an...important...aside, ALL public school governing board races are non-partisan. To bring affiliations into it is shameful. It should be ABOUT THE STUDENTS AND THE BEST EDUCATION THEY CAN GET, not about candidates' political identities. And if any board member is running with a political affiliation, they should not be elected.

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Posted by Disillusioned on 09/17/2014 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Blogislature 2012

Regarding the Education section:
*"one yearlong high school class on the history of the constitutions of the United States and Arizona, and the arguments presented in the Federalist Papers. A bill also would throw in a semester of studying the free-enterprise system and a course in personal financial literacy—all of which students would be required to pass before graduating*

I would completely support this...IF THE LEGISLATORS HAVE TO DO THIS AS WELL! Because I don't think they know what is in our US or AZ Constitutions either!

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Posted by Linda Stallings Gee on 02/09/2012 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

I am a parent in CFSD. I have a child who is now at Orange Grove, and went through Sunrise Elementary from Kinder. While I wholeheartedly agree with you that funding in AZ is not equal, and we have major funding issues with a state legislature that doesn't recognize the importance of quality education to a sustainable and safe state/economy; with all due respect I must disagree with your conclusion and argument.

I can see how from the surface of occasional subbing you might make the mistaken argument that it's all money. But it couldn't be further from the truth. Yes, the district families support education and pass bonds/overrrides that allow for Macbooks and a 21st Century citizen student.

But what I am hearing is that the students in Sunnyside, or other "poorer" communities you sub in aren't engaged and aren't acting ready to learn. That's the crux of your argument. However, this isn't related to money.

What you haven't observed at the middle school or high school level is that in elementary school, there is a lot of teaching students HOW to be students. There is also an environment that starts in elementary schools that there are high expectations and oddly enough--these kids RISE to meet them. :) It's a pervasive expectation that is integrated in every faucet of their learning, from the very beginning of day one. The kids are trained to know that they go to school to learn, and that doesn't mean they don't have fun--but they GET that there is a reason they are at school every day, and it's not to goof off.

Another is, and I hate to say it, but to some degree it's the family unit. There are many families in this school district that value education and prioritize it above many other things. It's a large part of the culture. When there are class parties, parents are talking about the education of their kids. Parents meet for lunch/parties, and they are talking about the education of their kids. Parents sit in baseball bleachers, and are talking about the education of their kids. You don't see that when you substitute occasionally in the higher levels. I think a long-term sub at the elementary level would see this to some degree. But when parents are that concerned about their kids' education, the support at home will follow.

Those are two big parts of what you have observed in students ready to learn, and neither has to do directly with education funding. There is also a large open enrollment population of students outside of the district boundaries who attend CFSD schools. And these students excel within the schools too. I don't think you can underestimate an atmosphere of high expectations in a school district. I think it helps that CFSD is smaller, with only 7 schools, and this can be managed. But there is concerted effort to create this type of atmosphere.

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Posted by Linda Stallings Gee on 11/10/2011 at 9:43 AM

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