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Re: “How's the New 'Anyone Can Teach in Arizona' Law Working Out So Far?

I suppose they can claim that supposedly "qualified" college graduates who can't get jobs in their fields can now go to work teaching, thereby being a full-employment program for the state. Fat chance!

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/22/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Farewell, Franzi

Emil was already a political legend when I first met him in 1991 on the Pima County Merit Commission. He was loud, profane, intense, and needle-sharp in his eyeballing of management or employee misdoings. Although we came from very different political backgrounds, we became buddies on the Commission because we both cared about employee's rights and management's need to see the job was done correctly. We became allies in decisions and respected each other. My proudest moment was when Emil was shouting at someone, and I asked him not to shout because it gave me a headache and made it hard to think. He quit shouting during the hearings. I will never forget Emil reaming out a deputy county attorney for claiming that a manager should not be held accountable for a mistake in a notice of action. He told that person that if a low-level employee had made such a bonehead mistake, the co. attorney would be after their hides in an instant. He wasn't going to let them get away with it. He was removed/replaced from the Commission by Ed Moore, six months after his term ended while Emil was in the middle of a particular hearing, part of a series, dealing with major mistakes made by the new county manager after the Republicans took control of the county. Emil was not subscribing to Moore's actions and was part of a unanimous commission supporting employees. Moore didn't like that, as he was to appear as a witness in some of the hearings. It was a problem for Moore's new appointee who had to read a thousand-page transcript of the hearing which was half-over, to be able to fill out the hearing, rather than start over. I still stayed in touch with Emil over the years after that time, and occasionally told him when we needed help to keep the Commission non-political. I will miss him.

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/21/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Carpe Diem Charters Are Failing to Seize the Day, Or the Students

The shouldn't be surprising fact about TUSD schools is that despite all the problems enumerated by the above poster, that many, many children at all levels are in fact receiving a good or excellent educational experience. The recent tour on FaceBook by the newest board member shows proof of good curriculum, devoted teachers, quality educational activities in every school she visited. Why is anyone surprised? Why are 85% of AZ students in AZ public schools? Because there are many good teachers and good experiences and progressing students in them. We are not Trenton, NYC, Chicago, LA, or Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Our schools are not discipline horror stories when teachers work to make the school environment work for the students. We rush to talk badly about local schools, mostly based on bad funding situations, ignoring the hard workers within the ranks. Pay attention to the problems, contact the legislature to fund them properly, and stay in touch with your local board members. We can do this.

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/20/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “The Skinny

As I have said a thousand times, run the best candidate and your candidate can win. Anyone remember Lew Murphy?

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/19/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Hispanic Chamber applauds Ducey education, business efforts

Shame on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. None of Ducey's so-called education efforts benefit Hispanic children who are usually on the losing end of those educational cuts. He has done NOTHING to benefit children in need in gaining a good education.

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/19/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Trial Over TUSD's Mexican American Studies to Begin in Tucson June 26

Incidentally, the whole point of schooling is social engineering, plain and simple. Teach the masses the way we should think and should act, whether in homeschooling, charters, private schools, religious schools or public schools. It's how we transmit our culture.

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/19/2017 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Trial Over TUSD's Mexican American Studies to Begin in Tucson June 26

There are individual excellent high school government/history teachers who indeed teach what bslap is calling for. Speak up if you know some. I know when my son and others were in high school they were given a test which sorted them as to political party that matched their views. We talked about it afterwards. In 6th grade, I provided that kind of information as well as speakers from elected officials of both parties to make certain students were provided a balanced set of information. It is not unheard of, at all. The problem is the kids who choose not to engage when they graduate, and they are more interested in other things. Most adults remember very little from their high school civics classes unless they are political junkies, and few news reporters are useful on this topic.

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/19/2017 at 12:53 PM

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