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Re: “How's the New 'Anyone Can Teach in Arizona' Law Working Out So Far?

The average teacher salary in Arizona is $47,000 per year. The shortage salary is $32,000 per year. There wouldn't be any shortage of teachers at all if you could open that average salary up. However, the legislature can only change the average salary. It can't change the shortage salary at all, only the districts can do that.

Paradoxically, it is quite possible that an increase in the average salary would result in a reduction of the shortage salary. Systems do that when rewarded for certain behaviors.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 06/22/2017 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Danehy

Let me give you a number: $4 trillion. That's how much the stock market has increased since Trump surprised everyone, including investors, by getting elected. Do you know what the total stock market is in France? $3 trillion. Great Britain? $4 trillion. China, with its 1.3 billion residents? $7 trillion.

That's a completely new trajectory for our economy and for our nation. That $4 trillion means that Hillary's entire $1.1 billion campaign was a scam, trying to falsely convince us that we would all be better off with higher taxes, more regulation and more people on welfare.

Somehow, the unwashed masses, ignorant as we are, figured it out.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 06/22/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Trial Over TUSD's Mexican American Studies to Begin in Tucson June 26

Response to review the curriculum

Your comment was world class. I don't know that it would necessarily be an ethnic studies but it lays out an approach to studying economics based on solid principles and an historical perspective.

My African American advisory group took a similar approach to creating an ethnic studies class for teachers. The course traced African American involvement in the southwest from the early 1800's forward covering the history of successful African Americans all the way through 20th century.

They and my staff not only created it, they taught it. It was something they were extremely proud of.

That work product of curriculum, lesson plans and organized classrooms never existed for TUSD MAS. It was a haphazard mess. If you wanted to create revolutionaries, they weren't doing a very good job of it. Essentially, these students were victims of a political ideology spun out of control and they were being milked for money, a lot of money.

Even this trial is an example of the money to be made in this business. A wealthy foundation gives a New York law firm $5 million dollars to beat a dead horse in pursuing this case ($5 million gets your very good lawyers, by far the most organized deposition I've ever given). There is a management book about this situation, "What to do when your horse dies."

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 06/16/2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Trial Over TUSD's Mexican American Studies to Begin in Tucson June 26

This has to qualify as one of the most meaningless trials in history. Contrary to your story, TUSD was never under any obligation to dismantle MAS. What they had an obligation to do and what they were given time to do was to clean it up and publicly adopt a curriculum at the board level.

Is this judge really going to give them permission to violate state law again and reestablish a program without school board review and school board control of the curriculum? Allow outside entities to control lesson plans? Allow teaching to go in classrooms that disappeared when the auditors showed up? If you are proud of what you are doing, display it to the world.

It the community really going to be comfortable with what was going on in those classrooms? These weren't ethnic studies, these were European studies, a guy by the name of Marx. Every single one of the books, all of Paulo Freire works was simply a Marxian framework applied to all social situations and racial relations. As one obviously talented girl who testified in the Senate "I never knew I was oppressed until I took this class". Where is that framework going to take her in life? No place healthy. It is a philosophy of hate.

It's toxic and Central and South America are deeply in its grip. Their murder rate is 10 times that of the United States and they have very little prosperity. We have a different philosophy in the United States best summed up by the great coach John Wooden "Time spent getting even is better spent getting ahead."

For conservatives, this trial is a no lose situation. Even if we lose the trial, we will have a permanent example of why liberals can't be trusted to run so much as a lemonade stand. Bringing the MAS controversy back will cause a few hundred TUSD students of the 47 thousand to consume the time of the next TUSD superintendent almost certainly causing another leadership failure, further incite the destructive factions on the board and hasten the destruction of TUSD already down 14,000 students since 2000.

That might make for exciting politics but it will not make a good outcome for Arizona or Tucson.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 06/15/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “14th Grade Is the New 12th Grade

The issues for college are even more intense than the issues for k-12. There have been comprehensive longitudinal studies of University students. The results are devastating. Fifty percent of students who survive two years in college show no signs of cognitive gains. Think about that, 42% of students are so dissatisfied they don't return for a second year of college at that school. 30% don't return to college at all. They get it - for most students at most colleges, college is a zero value added environment. They are cows being milked for money.

Think about that. They have piled on debt to their eyeballs and all they have to show for it are memories of hook ups and beer parties.

As the percentage of people with college degrees has risen, the percentage of people with college degrees not in the workforce has risen right in concert.

The Board of Regents (I attended these meetings for four years) is inundated with data that wouldn't survive a freshman econometric course. We all know that College graduates make more money than high school graduates but how much of that is ****caused**** by college and to what degree is college just a very expensive filter or gauntlet that everyone must run through to participate in society?

In Econometrics, this is called specification error - earnings are a function of whether you graduated from college or not.

College (NAU) transformed my life and certainly they transform many people who go on to lead very accomplished lives. But, the data says they can do much, much more for many more students.

Over the last decade and a half, university quality in Arizona has steadily been on the rise - 1 percentage point a year when 7 percentage points are possible and we have the leadership in place to achieve 7 points. And, guess what, that coincided with increasing the student responsibility for tuition, not reducing it.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 06/14/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Doug Ducey, CEO

Response to Expressing incredulity:

The National Education Association, the source for teacher salary numbers, lists Arizona average public education teacher salary at $45,406 for 2013-14. Since then, prop 123 passed which was about a 3% increase in public education funding.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 06/11/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Doug Ducey, CEO

No, the vacancy rate does not "speak for itself." At the average pay for teachers in Arizona, $46,000 to $49,000 there would absolutely be no shortage of teachers. If placed in an open offer, people would line up in long lines to participate in that salary. There would be no shortage of teachers.

That vacancy rate takes place when teachers are paid $26,000 to $30,000. The legislature can only control the average salary, not the shortage salary.

All this talk about salaries is about something with absolutely no meaning to education other than to distract. A much more meaningful discussion would be to determine why teacher job satisfaction in this nation has plummeted over the last 10 years and how we can create more value and job satisfaction for teachers.

We don't even know which school districts have the highest teacher job satisfaction and how they achieve it.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 06/11/2017 at 12:04 PM

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