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John Pedicone and Lee Herbst: Recruiting and retaining good math teachers is an investment in our future

John Pedicone and Lee Herbst: Recruiting and retaining good math teachers is an investment in our future

Mathematics is one of the foundational subjects for success in school and, arguably, in life. Mathematics is all around us in the things we do and the way we think.

May 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest Column: Helping TUSD rise above the status quo is in the community's best interest

Guest Column: Helping TUSD rise above the status quo is in the community's best interest

As I reflect upon my time as superintendent of Tucson Unified School District, I want to first express my appreciation for the opportunity to serve the Tucson community in a way that is only possible by meeting the significant challenges we faced over the past few years.

June 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

John Pedicone Guest Column: School closures will strengthen TUSD, allow for improved instruction

Tucson Unified School District is confronting a $17 million budget shortfall caused by declining enrollment, fewer school-age families within district boundaries, school choice, escalating maintenance costs, eliminating the current 1-cent sales tax and continued reductions in state funding. …

December 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
John Pedicone Guest Column: TUSD committed to vision of quality, not cuts for their own sake

John Pedicone Guest Column: TUSD committed to vision of quality, not cuts for their own sake

It is no secret that Tucson Unified School District has encountered significant challenges over the past several years. The year ahead will not be different. The district is facing a $17 million deficit in 2013-14, which will require that difficult decisions be made.

September 04, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
TUSD seeks public's thoughts on goals, directions for the future

TUSD seeks public's thoughts on goals, directions for the future

Over the past several months Tucson Unified School District has been featured in local and national news. Much of that focus has been on the Mexican American Studies program and the decision by the Governing Board to suspend classes in response to the court upholding the state superintendent…

April 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Blending cultures and mastering the new technologies

Arizona will be a remarkable example of the successful blending of diverse cultures - including the strength of our state's Hispanic heritage - with the innovation and insights that result from the infusion of ideas born from growth, development and education. Arizona will be characterized a…

February 14, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Adults used students as pawns in TUSD ethnic studies protest

It is fair to say the situation that occurred at last Tuesday evening's TUSD Governing Board meeting has caused this school district embarrassment.

May 01, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Action on Palo Verde, Rincon was not taken lightly

Action on Palo Verde, Rincon was not taken lightly

Recently, the Tucson Unified School District Board made the decision to implement a "turnaround" model of intervention at both Rincon and Palo Verde high schools.

February 20, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Did voters realize message they sent public schools?

When I saw the results of Tuesday's school elections, I do not think I was alone in my surprise at the outcomes in a number of districts, especially those that traditionally have been successful in passing such budget initiatives.

November 08, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Wielding raw power isn't good leadership

Wielding raw power isn't good leadership

Over the past several weeks you could not pick up a newspaper or turn on a news program without being touched by stories of individuals who are facing financial ruin or organizations that have become victims of a financial system gone mad.

February 15, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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