David Safier 
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Re: “The Numbers Game In TUSD's State Audit

My God, John. Are you serious? Did you notice the second part of this sentence in my comment? "People have a right to their anonymity in this space, unless there is an exceptional reason to reveal their identities." Your name is written between the lines in the phrase "exceptional reason."

When you used not one but two aliases to advocate for yourself and make racist comments, you were hiding your identity when you were an elected official, because you were saying things you didn't dare to say using your real name. That's among the most egregious uses of anonymity.

Blog for Arizona, which I was part of at the time, performed a great public service by exposing your anonymous comments. I was proud of what we did then, and I was even prouder recently when those comments helped prove that your campaign against Mexican American Studies was fueled by racial animus.

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Posted by David Safier on 03/17/2018 at 8:21 AM

Re: “The Numbers Game In TUSD's State Audit

A Note: The two comments which put a name (which may or may not be accurate) to a commenter who prefers to remain anonymous have been removed. People have a right to their anonymity in this space, unless there is an exceptional reason to reveal their identities. This was definitely not one of those cases.

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Posted by David Safier on 03/16/2018 at 11:18 AM

Re: “The Numbers Game In TUSD's State Audit

A reply to the reply: Just for the sake of accuracy, I didn't suggest you've set up a blog within this blog. I was simply suggesting that if you're bursting with things to say, you might venture to find an audience. That's what moved me to start blogging, and has kept me at it.

As for blocking, the only comments I've blocked are advertising spam, comments wildly off topic, or comments which are vile and/or contain ad hominem attacks, all of which are Weekly policies for The Range.

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Posted by David Safier on 03/16/2018 at 8:57 AM

Re: “The Numbers Game In TUSD's State Audit

I agree with Betts about comments from "cute pseudonyms," though I won't venture a guess as to the identity of that person. I like to see lots of comments on my posts, but when one person with a variety of handles occupies such a large amount of space with multiple comments, it distorts and detracts from the discussion.

Might I suggest starting a blog of your own where you can pontificate, just like I do, and have the freedom to choose your own topics? That way you won't have to be a counterpuncher, you can set your own agenda.

You can set up a blog for free in a few minutes. I'd even be happy to write a post mentioning your blog site to give you a bit of startup recognition, and you can publicize your posts on Facebook and Twitter as well. Then you can come back here and take the occasional shot at me any time you like.

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Posted by David Safier on 03/15/2018 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Let's Hear It For the Parkland Students. And Their Teachers. And Their School

Thank you for adding your comments Sharon. You brought a few tears to this retired teacher's eyes. I know much of the pride I've felt watching these young people on the public stage is because I've known so many students like them, full of promise, idealism and enthusiasm. And talent.

My best thoughts and wishes to everyone in your community.

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Posted by David Safier on 03/06/2018 at 8:56 AM

Re: “A Look At Poverty and Education, Chickens and Eggs

To "Some who know conditions in the schools disagree." You read my post as a diatribe against school choice. That's not what I intended, and I don't think it's what I wrote. The point is, changes like NCLB and Common Core, both directed at traditional schools, are reforms which people touted as ways to cut fight poverty by improving poor students' achievement and reducing the achievement gap. Vouchers and charters are sold using a similar pitch. I want schools to be moved out of the position of a prime mover in our fight against poverty and put them into the position of a supplementary force, where they belong.

I spent most of my teaching career before charters existed and when vouchers weren't a big part of the education discussion. But the same false arguments were used, that if we fix our schools, we'll solve our poverty problems (and our businesses' problems with lagging productivity along with other problems). The forces pushing those arguments tended to be moneyed interests which didn't want to see substantive changes, which would put more demands on them, challenging their power and wealth.

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Posted by David Safier on 03/05/2018 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Big Bucks Conservative Donors Beyond the Koch Brothers

A note to "Perhaps all policy advocates resources should be known." You have exactly the same resources that I do: the media, google searches, time spent researching. You'll find plenty of information about money on both sides, on all sides, if you look. Please, if you pull something comprehensive together, share it with the rest of us.

One problem you'll run into, by the way. In the era of dark money, people's contributions can't be traced easily, so any names and numbers you come up with are approximate.

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Posted by David Safier on 02/28/2018 at 5:37 PM

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