Betts Putnam-Hidalgo 
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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

Re: “Favoring the 8 Percent, Ignoring the 92 Percent

Wow the comments on this thread are amazing for taking on straw dogs of their own creation. It isn't any political party's responsibility to show anything about public education: the Dems who mismanage are no better or worse than the Republicans that run the state and so drastically underfund our public schools--80% of the school-going population--and then continually find ways to cut up the ever-shrinking pie so that its funds can be shunted to charters. Yeah, charters and private schools that supposedly will now be able to help the lower SES population--except that they don't. Charters do not show up as any better than public schools in academic terms, and private schools don't either--and the famed vouchers have been shown to only help those who can almost pay for the school year themselves--hardly the poorest of the poor that commenters seem to keep advocating for.

To the extent that our public education system has become a political football, our kids have suffered. In fact, let us not forget that the Dems and the Republicans together voted for Prop 123, that will guarantee that there are less public school monies long into the future. And apparently in the meantime, even that small amount that is supposed to go to help the 80% will be diverted. If we looked at this in another country we would be able to see it as effectively offering less and less to more and more students. Instead we make up benefits to "choice" that fit neatly into the pocket of ALEC and the Goldwater Institute and in general do little to benefit who those groups promise will be benefitted. I mean honestly, when was the last time those two organizations championed ANYthing for the poor?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 04/17/2017 at 8:05 AM

Re: “In 13 Years, Every Private School and Home-Schooled Student Could Have a Voucher

New To Az, I have never seen Wisconsin's name among the states distinguished by spending the least in the country on public education, so I would not think their experience would be comparable with ours. Also, I would be interested in citations about the benefits for the public schools there--citations by organizations that have to do with education, not budgets. Thanks.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 04/13/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “"AZ Schools Now" Town Hall Will Give You a Chance to Be Heard On Public School Funding

Did all 10 of the education groups in Arizona Schools Now! push Proposition 123 for Governor Ducey, or only some of them? Are they now left holding a completely empty Ducey ignores them, once again, when he doesn't need them? Backroom deal-making was rampant prior to 123: I understood that at one point some consortium of these groups made Ducey an offer: just pay off 25% of the money the state owes to the schools and we will leave you alone, happy with our funding. It was No Go...and on to Prop 123. A) who do these people think they are and B) what did they think they would receive for our schools in response to trading away our kids' future chances for public education?. Not only did they push 123, the 123 monies didn't even make it to the teachers in TUSD (where the members of these groups that I am familiar with either send or sent their kids). So I am left wondering whether Arizona Schools Now is actually meant to benefit students or if, at least locally, they are instead meant to shore up various political players here in Pima County?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/30/2017 at 7:56 AM

Re: “On the Theory and Practice of Bullshitting

Its amazing that Safier can so easily recognize a pile of steaming BS when it comes to our President and our Governor, but not our recently "resigned" Superintendent of TUSD schools, HT Sanchez. He is right that our Governor is no friend of education. Nonetheless, Sanchez called in a recent letter, for us all to congratulate Ducey on his desire to give all day kindergarten to ALL of our students--I guess despite Safier's misplaced support, Sanchez doesn't read his articles, like this one--… David makes it clear that ALL of our students are not represented in the governor's plan. In addition to misplaced support for Sanchez, I fear Safier's support for his so called "education community" is also misguided. His friends all supported and pushed through Proposition 123, promising that it would all be used for classrooms and teacher salaries (and then voted to put only a small percentage in that direction). Then they promised us that they'd be "watching those triggers" and making sure that there were steps 4,5 and 6. All I can say is that they must not have grandkids, not a one of them, because at the rate their support is taking us, there will BE no funding for public schools in the future, as the "principal" of the State Trust lands gets whittled away. With friends like these, as they say, who needs enemies?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/23/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Fund to Help Islamic Center is Real Deal

Marty Johnston is quirky, to say the least. He harassed my campaign for school board member at length for anti-Semitism because of my pro-Palestinian activism, then denigrated those who rose to my defense. But I've got to hand this one to him--GREAT IDEA MARTY AND STEPHANIE--the best way to resist is to NOT be dragged down into the mud with the people who are demonizing both of these faiths. I will be donating, hope everyone who reads this will be too.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/16/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “TUSD Still Needs a New Boss

"Kindness", please do not accept Varney's words as any indication that he or his organization care about how the STUDENTS fare....they indicated that he cares only about how the SUPERINTENDENT fares. His words followed the veiled threat from Varney's right hand woman at a recent Board meeting that important collaborative programs could be cancelled now that Sanchez is gone. At a following meeting, during a discussion about the possibility of going out for a Bond in the future, a minority Board member who continues to champion Sanchez claimed that TUSD has lost the support of the political and business establishment by "what has happened here to Sanchez". Just who is the Board supposed to try to satisfy?

In this case, they had spent four long years satisfying the Superintendent to the detriment of the students and their teachers. If the political and business community are so committed to backing a continual liar (see citations elsewhere in this comment string) they should be replaced by people who know the value of honest transactions. 200,000 votes were cast in the recent election by people who know that our students and teachers deserve better than a string of lies and cover-ups, and a completely airtight bloc was broken.

Those who really care about TUSDs students should now be looking for ways that that Board can work together instead of hurling threats accompanied by name-calling, entrapment and badgering of the new member that can only make that harder.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/10/2017 at 7:49 AM

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