What to expect at today’s TUSD board meeting: 9-27-16

To be presented at the September 27th, 2016 board meeting.

Executive session: Discussions or consultations with designated representatives of the public body in order to consider its position and instruct its representatives regarding negotiations for the purchase, sale or lease of real property pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.03 (A)(7) Former Keen Elementary School I assume this is in reference to the Flowers and Bullets desire to lease Julia Keen, a school that was closed down in the heart of Barrio Centro, to set up their community gardens outside the school. This is something I strongly support, and full disclosure, I am a donor to Flowers and Bullets. (See David Safier, it’s […]

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TUSD Kids First: Meet their co-chairs and how they decided their endorsements to #ChangeTheBoard

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Three Sonorans Note: TUSD Kids First chose a Republican (R), a recently registered Independent (I) and Democrat (D) to endorse in the non-partisan TUSD board race. These are the three candidates they chose the get RID of the dysfunctional board majority. TUSD Kids First announces Endorsements for the 2016 Tucson Unified School District Governing Board Election September 15, 2016, Tucson, AZ – TUSD Kids First, a non‐partisan and Independent Expenditure Committee, announces its endorsements for the 2016 governing board election for the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). TUSD Kids First is proud to endorse… Brett Rustand, Mark Stegeman and Betts Putman‐Hidalgo…for […]

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Deported from Facebook: How governments are censoring peace activists on social media

Three Sonorans note: The story below is not unique. Over the weekend, Facebook scrambled to make things right after mistakenly locking out administrators from two of the most widely read Palestinian news outlets. The company has recently struggled with censorship on its platform. It frequently removes posts that have news value and then blames the deletions on moderation errors, saying that its team processes million of reports of abuse a week. Facebook has a point insofar as the company has to deal with billions of posts, but this latest censorship dust up is particularly weird because it’s just not clear […]

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Mark Stegeman calls out Kristel Foster’s “innuendo” and “gross carelessness with facts”

Dear supporters and correspondents, This year’s TUSD board election is critical, because it is critical (in my view) to dislodge the 3-person bloc that now rules TUSD. Priorities are misplaced, and governance has been poisoned by personal issues and relationships. Some things in TUSD are going well, but there are also big problems, which the majority bloc shows few signs of addressing. The board needs an injection of independent thought. This letter discusses the election and corrects one member’s misleading statements about my record. It also covers the recent discussion of a board retreat and two recent policy changes that […]

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UPDATED with pics – Pima Sheriffs: FBI investigation, suicide, ecstasy-import and mansion parties – are these all related?

Previous coverage of this developing story: June 28th, 2016 – Under FBI investigation, why did Pima Sheriff’s second-in-command commit suicide? Is there a cover up? [Shaun McClusky and Chris DeSimone] discussed the quandary that arises when a powerful person, the second most powerful person in the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, then takes his own life while being under an FBI investigation. One would think there would be a deeper investigation by the local media into this, at least something on the order of their interest into the Ally Miller story, which is also a county-related story. McClusky mentions that there is no […]

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Infographic: Easy as 123, Comparing Arizona’s two largest school districts – Mesa vs TUSD

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Not only does Mesa present their information based on Prop 123 in a much nicer format (below) than TUSD CFO Karla Soto does (a huge lack of transparency along with obfuscation of the data she does provide), but Mesa also: Spends more on teachers and in the classroom Gave bigger raises using Prop 123 funds Spends less on their Superintendent and Administration Buy Three Sonorans a coffee! Become a sustaining member for just $5/month! (Google ad below)

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TUSD vs Mesa: Comparing the bloated cabinet of HT Sanchez to the largest school district in Arizona

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Today we let the mathematics speak for itself. We compare the Cabinet costs of Arizona two largest school districts; Mesa and Tucson Unified School District. Comparing Cabinet Salaries The salaries for the Mesa Cabinet includes Base Pay + Performance Bonus + Cell Phone Stipend + Vacation Payout. The salaries for the TUSD Cabinet includes Base Pay + Performance Bonus + Stipend + Free Short Term Disability + Vacation Payout. It turns out this Vacation Payout turns out to be a huge sum of money for the TUSD Cabinet If you do not use your vacation time, the cabinet is automatically […]

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Maine Youth File Climate Rulemaking Petition

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Today, a group of Mainers submitted a climate change petition for rulemaking to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Board of Environmental Protection. The petitioners – 216 registered voters, 164 young people, and the groups 350 Maine and Earth Guardians – are requesting that the state carry out its constitutional and public trust obligations and implement an effective CO2 and GHG reduction strategy based on the best climate science.

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Climate Commitments Be Damned, Trudeau OKs ‘Carbon Bomb’ LNG Project

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Andrea Germanos, staff writer
The Canadian government on Tuesday greenlighted a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in British Columbia which climate experts and advocacy organizations say tramples Indigenous rights, threatens ecological damage, and essentially throws the country’s climate commitments out the window.
 

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282,000 Petitions to Obama Administration: Clean Up Our Cars!

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Environment America and a dozen other environmental, conservation and consumer  groups delivered more than 280,000 thousand petitions to Administrator McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today.  The petitions urged strengthening of vehicle efficiency and the corporate average fuel economy standards to cut carbon emissions and protect health.

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Indigenous Women Leaders of Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance to Speak Out For Protection of Earth and Water

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Women of the Standing Rock Sioux people and Indigenous women allies from across North America (Turtle Island) stand on the front-line of ongoing  actions to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and protect land, water, community, sacred sites and lifeways.

The women protectors stand for their homelands, for their children, and for the health and lives of generations to come.

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“I Called You to Help Me, But You Killed My Brother”: Police Shoot Dead Unarmed African-American Man

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Democracy Now!

Police in the San Diego, California, suburb of El Cajon shot and killed an unarmed African-American man Tuesday, after his sister called 911 to report her brother was having a mental health emergency. Eyewitnesses said 30-year-old Alfred Olango was holding his hands up when he was tased by one police officer and then fired upon five times by another officer.

In video posted online, Alfred Olango’s grieving sister is seen tearfully confronting police. She tells them, “I called you to help me, but you killed my brother.”

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