Are You Ready for the Summer?

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This is a shoutout to parents as thrilled as I am that summer has arrived.

This is the last day of school for the 2008-2009 TUSD school year. Whew. We survived. I'm going to take advantage of this space and thank Ms. Quaranta and her team once again at Rogers Elementary. Ms. Q, as we call her at my house, is one of the best teachers of kids with autism in Tucson.

She's moving to Nebraska, and TUSD is losing a gifted teacher. She told my son early in the year something that meant a lot to him when he hit a few rough patches: I’m not giving up on you. Considering how many teachers have given up on him over the years, he really held on to those words.

Sure, TUSD has room to improve, but obviously there are good teachers out there, and we need to thank them as much as possible. We also have to wonder what our GOP legislators would have been like if they'd had teachers like Ms. Q.

Maybe they just needed someone to say, "I'm not giving up on you," since they seem so eager to give up on our kids' education.

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