Middle school is a difficult transition for many students and their teachers, but transitions create opportunities. Imagine a middle school adjacent to a nationally ranked high school, a middle school open to any student with high academic goals and eager to take advantage of the unique reso…
The recent news that the Tucson Unified School District put six employees on administrative leave after years of alleged property theft reinforces the longstanding argument for establishing an internal auditor in TUSD.
A May 16 Star editorial ("TUSD board right to add another call to audience") criticized my vote on the Tucson Unified School District's policy concerning audience calls, but the editorial presented only one side of the issue.
When the governing board of the Tucson Unified School District
recently voted to suspend its Mexican American Studies (MAS)
classes, the resolution also said:
Recently I proposed a reform of the Tucson Unified School
District's ethnic studies curriculum.
Arizona's ethnic studies law sets vague limits on curriculum
content and gives arbitrary enforcement power to one official, the
state schools superintendent. I support the effort to repeal this
law, and TUSD has appealed the previous state superintendent's
interpretation of its provisions.
Arizona's Ethnic Studies law (HB 2281) is a heavy-handed and
vaguely worded strike at a single curriculum program, the Tucson
Unified School District's Raza (Mexican-American) Studies. The law
takes effect on Dec. 31, and Tom Horne, the incoming attorney
general who has been the state's scho…
After 16 months on the Tucson Unified School District Governing
Board, I recommend the job to anyone who feels that life is getting
stale. Here is one viewpoint, from the firing range.
Arizona slashed education spending this year, falling to 50th
among all 50 states in spending per pupil. The future looks even
worse: federal stimulus funds will decline rapidly and funding from
the Legislature will probably fall further before it comes back —
if it ever comes back.
A recent Arizona Daily Star editorial ("TUSD board shows
pettiness, no leadership," Feb. 15) painted an incomplete picture
of the policy change affecting the Tucson Unified School District
Governing Board's agenda committee.
Proposition 403 gives voters in the Tucson Unified School
District the opportunity to reduce class sizes, expand a successful
arts program, and increase pay for teachers in hard-to-fill
specialties. I strongly support Proposition 403.