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Re: “The Skinny

I was struck by the comment that she performed better than expected during her first term. Were their expectations low because she was a woman? But better than whomever? Not currently impressed by her general performance over all in the interests of the non-military middle class community in her district. What exactly has she done to make our lives better?

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Posted by gcb1 on 10/05/2017 at 5:03 PM

Re: “It's 'Tucson Unified' Now

This is fluff.

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Posted by gcb1 on 09/19/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “TUSD Enrollment, 2000 to 2017

I find Huppenthal's comments and statistics suspicious at best, and often knowingly either hyper overstated or hyper-understated to suit his purposes. Having listened to him at length in sworn testimony, I know he cannot be relied upon to tell the truth or to answer questions directly. He always has an axe to grind. During his lamentable term in office, he deliberately ignored specific evidence concerning statists on test scores, etc. presented to his office. Therefore, I await with interest responses from a competent observer on the interesting data Safier presents.

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/19/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

Where are there schools with uncertified teachers that are comparable to schools with certified teachers in sufficient quantities and of significant length to provide long-term results? And what does "long-term" imply? How many years, judged by what? As usual with Huppenthal, his statements are questionable at best, and probably false at worst.

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/02/2017 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

David, you have hit the nail on the head!

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/01/2017 at 5:14 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

I can't help wondering if Huppenthal put a poster of Albert Einstein on the wall! Since posters have such power.

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Posted by gcb1 on 07/26/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

As a longtime successful educator, I remain highly skeptical of Huppenthal's self-aggrandized statement of his superior teaching capability and knowledge of effective pedagogy. I thought in court he testified that 5 African-American students in unnamed grade levels in an unidentified setting under his tutelage each solved 50,000 math problems. Now it is four in his statement. Whoop-de-do. Without much more serious description of location, grade level, materials used, hours devoted to practice, types of problems encountered and solved, and "fun doing it," we have no proof at all that he is doing anything remarkable. Was this done in a regular classroom setting with other students involved as well? Were the boys sitting at computers playing "Number Munchers" or "Fraction Munchers?" Does he use a variety of teaching materials? Are the students working and developing word problems or just doing worksheets or pressing arrows on a computer? How is he measuring grade level progression? And where is his control group that proves his method is superior? Most of Huppenthal's testimony was just as specious as that little diversion he tried to make.

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Posted by gcb1 on 07/26/2017 at 9:16 PM

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