Jen Troy-Owens 
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Re: “CD2 Update: McSally Now Leads Barber by 363 Votes

Go Martha!

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Posted by Jen Troy-Owens on 11/06/2014 at 6:16 PM

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Investigation Justification

Why can't people be considered for jobs based on their qualifications and not by the color of their skin? Are we really choosing (or wanting to choose) people to be in such important roles with our children because they are black or Latino and not because they are best suited for the job? This just doesn't make sense to me.

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Posted by Jen Troy-Owens on 08/04/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “More Than 17,000 Tucsonans Ride Streetcar on Opening Day

Someguy, if the makers of this project had put any thought into how a trolley could REALLY help Tucson (not just be a novelty) by making it a cross-town route, then I would be "on board" with it. But, they way it is now is just a waste.

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Posted by Jen Troy-Owens on 07/26/2014 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Migrant Children Shelter Supporters Clash with Protesters in Oracle, AZ

How about we pick up all the homeless AMERICAN children and feed them, give them shelter, medicine, clothing etc. Send those "kids" back to their countries and let them get in line like everyone else. America needs to put America first!

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Posted by Jen Troy-Owens on 07/15/2014 at 3:30 PM

Re: “A Very Frightening Story From BASIS San Antonio

Thank you for the link. I do read her words differently. I too take from it that anyone can succeed at BASIS who is willing to put in the work. BUT, please note the last part...who is willing to put in the work. I will write about my experience with my daughter and step-daughter and it hopefully can give you a more clear understanding of what willing to put in the work means.

My daughter did the entrance placement testing and it was shown that she was going to have difficulty in math without some extra help. She was immediately placed on an academic support program from the first day of school which included meeting with her coordinator, attending "Math Lab" every morning 30 minutes before school and attending math "Student Hours" twice a week after school. This was ongoing through the first two grading periods and then she had kept her grades up enough that she didn't have to see the coordinator anymore. Being the kid she is, she continued to attend Math Lab every morning and Student Hours twice a week because she WANTED to. It was helpful to her and she used that tool to enhance her class instruction. She passed math (barely) and is already talking about how she is going to do better next year. Not only did she attend her math Student Hours, but she attended Student Hours for her other classes as well and stayed after school an hour every day to do her homework at school where she could get help if she needed it.

My step-daughter was enrolled in BASIS and was immediately falling behind. She did NOT go to school early for extra help. She did NOT go to Student Hours for extra help. Her mother did NOT step in and have her get extra help, but instead claimed the role of facilitator (whatever that means). We had known from the beginning that she was not a self guided learner outside of school, was very unorganized and needed to be supervised to assure that her work was completed. Her mother would not do this and therefore she did not qualify as a child who was "willing to do the work" needed to succeed at BASIS. She now attends a TUSD school and is an average student.

My son went to a TUSD middle school last year and I WISH he was given the tools that BASIS does. He needed daily math tutoring. He needed after school subject tutoring. But, that wasn't offered or available. Oh sure, he could go to the library 30 minutes after school once a week, but his teacher wasn't there. He could ask the librarian for help. That was more frustrating to him than helpful. Am I going to put him in BASIS so he can get that help? HECK NO! He is not a student willing to do the work and I as his parent know this! He is leaving TUSD for a charter school that has already given him testing to find his learning strengths and weaknesses. He has met the teachers and sat down with the principal on several occasions already. He is excited to start this new school because he feels like he won't fall in the cracks.

My oldest daughter is very smart, but was failing at a TUSD high school. She wouldn't do the homework and she is not an organized thinker so 6 classes were overwhelming. I took her out of her TUSD high school and put her in a charter high school that did classes in blocks and because she was in each class for 1:45 a day, there was no homework. Just this change gave her what she needed to get back on track and graduate with honors.

My other daughter excels at a TUSD high school, is ahead in credits and does the JTED program for aviation as well.

The reason I wrote all that is to say that all kids are different and need different things!

So, Ms. Toews' explanation of BASIS is very truthful. Any child CAN succeed at BASIS if they are willing to do the work. But, not every child is willing!! Just like any child can succeed at a TUSD school if they are willing to do the work. But, some kids aren't. Some kids can't. This is not a school's fault, per se. I actually put the onus on the parents to observe their children's learning style and personality and find a school that is the right fit. I am thrilled there are options for everyone. But, it does concern me that I am finding so much animosity towards BASIS for being a challenging school with high standards. How is that a bad thing?? Do we really want all schools to be mediocre so nobody fails and nobody excels. That is a pretty scary thought.

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Posted by Jen Troy-Owens on 06/08/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “A Very Frightening Story From BASIS San Antonio

David,
I have never heard that BASIS touts itself as a school able to turn any student into "world beaters". As a matter of fact, if you sit through an orientation, it is made abundantly clear numerous times throughout the presentation that BASIS is not for everyone and that the expectations are high. I have attended an orientation/informational session for both BASIS Tucson and BASIS Tucson North and found this to be true both times. The parents are given ample opportunity to ask questions and find out if BASIS would be a good fit for their child. Have you even sat through one of these?

Sadly, there are many parents that want their child to go to BASIS even though it is not a good fit, so they still enroll them. Then they turn around and blame BASIS when their child is unsuccessful. My step-daughter's mother is one of those people. We absolutely knew that her academic profile was not a fit for BASIS, but her mother enrolled her anyway. She was failing by the first grading period and failed out completely. Did we blame BASIS? Absolutely not. Did she blame BASIS? Probably.

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Posted by Jen Troy-Owens on 06/08/2014 at 9:49 AM

Re: “A Very Frightening Story From BASIS San Antonio

Thomas, My daughter goes to BASIS and I would qualify for food stamps, if I chose to pursue them. But, I don't.

It doesn't cost money to go to BASIS. All it costs is a child's and a parent's desire for a better education and the focus and drive to go get it.

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Posted by Jen Troy-Owens on 06/07/2014 at 9:50 AM

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