Nathan K 
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Re: “Will Congress Find an Agreement That Protects the DREAMers From Deportation?

Mandatory E-Verify plus RAISE Act reforms (i.e., end to visa lottery, end to chain migration, reduction in overall legal immigration) plus border security. That would be a decent deal for amnesty for Dreamers. Anything less is a snowjob, that the President should reject. In the meantime, the States should get about the business of having DACA thrown out as unconstitutional.

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Posted by Nathan K on 01/14/2018 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Danehy

Boomers consistently and annoyingly overestimate the historic importance of the times in which they grew up.

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Posted by Nathan K on 01/04/2018 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Mexican American Studies: What's Next?

Parents of white students have no business in TUSD. Move to CF16, Vail, Sonoran Science Academy, private school. There are an array of alternatives even for those of modest incomes. Get off this sinking ship. Your kids will thank you.

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Posted by Nathan K on 01/01/2018 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Give Money to a Public School, Get It All Back

Note, you also get a tax credit if you donate to a qualified private school tuition organization.

Odd that David forgot to mention that.

See https://www.azdor.gov/Portals/0/Brochure/7…; https://www.azdor.gov/TaxCredits/SchoolTax…

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Posted by Nathan K on 12/27/2017 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Open Season

Strong candidate. Business friendly, socially moderate, and not a carpetbagger like Kirkpatrick.

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Posted by Nathan K on 12/21/2017 at 3:10 PM

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

Ms. Putnam-Hidalgo writes, "tying scores to teacher and administrative pay and advancement possibilities and other toxic intrusions on a teachers' ability to actually teach have always been ineffective, and now we have a decade and a half of proof that that is the case. Teaching to the test has become the mantra, and the kids' education be damned."

Some thoughts on this, in increasing order of importance.

First, if teachers are "teaching to the test", why aren't the test scores better?

Second, whenever I see this particular complaint by teachers, my reaction is always, "gosh, wouldn't it be nice to have a job where I could claim that it was impossible to objectively measure my performance or effectiveness? That must be nice."

But third, maybe Ms. Putnam-Hidalgo has a point, although it's one she would never articulate in these terms. As Bslap above points out, we have the highest percentage of foreign born people in our country (or nearly so) in U.S. history. 10% of everyone alive today who was born in Mexico and 20% of everyone alive today who was born in El Salvador lives in the United States. But the United States is not built on magic dirt. So, why would we expect that we can educate those people better here than they can be educated at home? Maybe it's unfair to punish teachers when they cannot do that.

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Posted by Nathan K on 12/12/2017 at 10:05 AM

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

Looking at the data, American white and Asian students are doing just fine. Indeed, the white PIRLs and ePIRLs averages are higher than the averages for all the countries listed above except Singapore and Russia, blowing all their other European peers out of the water. Stagnant educational performance data is just measuring changing U.S. ethnic demographics. And that means it's just going to get worse.

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Posted by Nathan K on 12/12/2017 at 9:21 AM

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