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Re: “Noble Hops Gastropub

Agree that it is a great addition to the Oro Valley restaurant scene. My son-in-law visited from Cambridge MA over the holidays and felt it was a real find. He brews beer at a place called John Harvard's ( yeah it is near the University by the same name) . Lot of great beers and an incredible variety of west-of -the-Mississippi local brews. Food is good brew pub snack food . Not sure what a gastro-pub is, but sense the taste/variety fell a bit short. But this is a place about the 100 + beers, not the food.

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Posted by Bill Sinnott on 01/26/2012 at 6:17 PM

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Re: “The Latest U.S. International Reading Scores Are Flat

Obvious question...what are Singapore, Russia, Ireland, Finland, and Poland doing that we're not ? These are the countries cited as out scoring the US. Do they do less/more testing than the US ? Are their teachers better trained or motivated ? Do the students come from more stable 2 parent households ? Do they go to school more days per year than the US ? It would seem to be a good idea to start with the facts before venting prejudices.

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Posted by bsinn on 12/12/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “It's Going to Be an Education Election in Arizona

It seems like the underlying assumption is that Republicans are bad and Democrats are good. But some of the worst school districts in this country are bright blue. Think Newark, Chicago, Baltimore, LA, Atlanta etc etc. Yes they jack up the budgets. But the money goes to educrats current and deferred income. Pensions bloat and condo owners in retirement communities rejoice. As I recall per pupil spending in Baltimore is more than the tuition of some of the most prestigious prep schools in the country. So if it is about students and not the educrats, you may want to go beyond the lefty talking points.

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Posted by bsinn on 12/08/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Waaay back when, there was a Federal program called Head Start. Sounds similar to the one being proposed. It was designed by Democrats ( preferred party of the education establishment), well funded, and had loads of teachers and educrats to do the teaching and watch those doing the teaching. As I recall ,it ran for a while and was evaluated . Evaluation showed that the kids had a benefit for a while but by 3rd grade ( second grade ?) the participants tested no better than non participants. Parents were a bigger influence on the kids, for better or worse. I'm sure that someone will remember better than me. But if this is anywhere near accurate sounds like a " been there , done that".

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Posted by bsinn on 10/12/2017 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Some Charter Schools Pay Students To Enroll, Or Get Their Friends To Enroll

Since Charters don't have the benefit of the monopoly power of tax payer supported public schools, I guess they have to try harder. As any marketer knows, getting trial is not hard, but it doesn't pay out if triers don't become loyalists. So the real question is do they get better grades than they deserve to get them to stay ?

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Posted by bsinn on 10/11/2017 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Can Voters Defeat the Vouchers-For-All Law?

If you get rid of vouchers, you end up with the status run by a government sanctioned monopoly. Being a monopoly, their solutions tend to be in their own self interest. There will no doubt be a call to lard up budgets and raise taxes on " the rich". If you want to look at other states for inspiration, try California. High taxes and approval of many education bond issues. Studies show most of that money goes to the education monopoly bureaucrats and not the classrooms.
The biggest objection to vouchers is that it rewards motivated parents. Maybe we should encourage more motivated parents.

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Posted by bsinn on 05/22/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Get Educated: Trump's Immigration and Refugee Executive Order

Immigration is also an investment. The LA Times said that about 70% of CA immigrants from Mexico ( both legal and illegal) get some sort of government benefit. Usually Food Stamps, WIC,disability benefits, free medical care, education etc. I doubt AZ immigrants are more/less industrious. So basically if you pay income, sales, property , or excise taxes you are supporting these immigrants. AND that means those tax dollars aren't going to other uses like education, infrastructure , pot hole repair, pre natal care, debt reduction ( taxes on future generations), senior subsidies, etc.
Given this investment, it would seem that the investors have the right to influence WHO they are investing in. Would probably argue for more people like Steve Jobs biological dad and fewer someone's sick uncle looking for a big disability check. Hope Isabel covers that.

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Posted by bsinn on 02/02/2017 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: The Founder

My recollection of the story is that the McDonald brothers were no saints. Kroc bought the license rights to expand beyond San Bernadino ( the home of store # 00001). They insisted that Kroc make the restaurant exactly like the first one. The first one didn't have a place for a heater...the grill kept everybody warm in the Inland Empire. But Kroc wanted to start near his home in Chicago-land. He needed a heater. The Brothers McDonald only let him install it after a big fee and extensive legal bills. Ray was mad and later made a point of surrounding the original store with his McDonalds... putting the McDonalds out of business.

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Posted by bsinn on 01/25/2017 at 7:42 AM

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