When I first started working at Pima Community College I was supposedly entering into an era of fear. The former chancellor was still in charge and as a blogger everyone warned me to be careful.I actually never had any negative experiences with administration, and perhaps it was because I was … Continue reading →
Anyone still think the City and County can't get along?Not only has the Chuckster hired former COT and COST executive Benny Young without due process, he has now hired the new City Manager's daughter for a top position in the Pima County Development Services Department.Will anyone look at … Continue reading →
By most accounts, the riots were motivated by prisoner frustration with MTC’s management and the actions of its guards. There were no altercations among prisoners.PHOENIX—The American Friends Service Committee of Arizona, a non-profit criminal justice reform organization, has released an … Continue reading →
There was a successful strike in Southern Arizona a fortnight ago that very few, in any, people know about.The strike was at a dirty, despicable and major undocumented migrant-exploiting dairy farm in Marana, on the northwest side of Tucson, known as Taylor's Holsteins. The owners make the … Continue reading →
Below there is a link to the article in which HT Sanchez, TUSD Superintendent provided quotes which were saturated with misinformation. I recently wrote a response to the article in the form of a guest opinion [below] which I submitted to the Arizona Daily Star. It was rejected because, as I … Continue reading →
After taking a brief vacation from blogging and trying to give TUSD a fresh new start, the hope diminished quickly as several teachers contacted me about not being paid this past payday.We begin with a story about the payroll glitch from back on February 25th, 2015.
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - About … Continue reading →
As the rest of the nation, including South Carolina, takes down the Confederate Flag from government buildings, the City of Tucson will be honoring the "Stars and Bars" at its 240th birthday celebration. Information on the event is given in the official City of Tucson press release … Continue reading →
To: 11th Open Letter to the Community
From: Whistleblowers- Comprised of Extremely Concerned TUSD Administrators, Teachers, and Parents
Subject: HT Sanchez’ Anonymous Whistleblowers in Texas
H.T. Sanchez and his continued leadership lessons of Attila the Hun
We just discovered that an … Continue reading →
In case you missed the Barrio Hollywood event (I did not notice anyone from the Arizona Daily Star there in person, however the Tucson Weekly and AZPM were there to witness the event first-hand), our write-up of last week's historic vote is here and video highlights are … Continue reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx46IibbxvAIt is time for the masses to not only get angry at what those in power are doing to them, but to act on that anger to make a positive change.Media loves to portray activists and protesters as obnoxious thugs that should be put back into place by … Continue reading →
It is clear that race is becoming more and more of an issue that is being covered by mainstream media today, from the epidemic of cops killing unarmed black youth to whether the Confederate Flag should fly outside government buildings, to the issue of immigration which will dominate the … Continue reading →
The new darling of the Republican Party, a "self-made" man who was born rich and bankrupted his inheritance, showed up in Arizona Saturday alongside Sheriff Arpaio to rally his base.
The showy business mogul turned self-promoting presidential candidate wooed Arizona's white, Tea Party-leaning GOP … Continue reading →
KGUN9 had an investigative report on the obscene amount of money that the TUSD board is giving to its superintendent, making him the highest paid superintendent in Arizona and now a member of the elite 1%. Sadly that money comes from dwindling education dollars that deduct from schools and … Continue reading →
Would Tucson Mayor Rothschild allow a Nazi flag to be flown at a taxpayer-sanctioned Oktoberfest celebration of German history in Tucson? Apparently so since neither he nor any of the 100% Democratic city council will follow South Carolina's lead to bring down the Confederate Flag (Stars and … Continue reading →
7/7 was supposed to be our lucky day.Tuesday morning, July 7th, news broke that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals finally issued their ruling on the HB2281: "Ethnic Studies Ban" case in Arizona. The reaction was mixed and confusing. We hope to clear up some of that confusion today.We begin by … Continue reading →
On June 19th, 2015, TUSD board president Adelita Grijalva was interviewed on the Bill Buckmaster Show. She was asked multiple times about her campaign finance report from last year's election which she failed to file and that was now over 6 months due.Grijalva began by blaming it on her … Continue reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJI7NHZhQD4To: Mayor and Council
Re: Political InterferenceI write to you with great concern about the unwanted and inappropriate political interference exhibited by the City of Tucson in the internal affairs of the Barrio Hollywood Neighborhood … Continue reading →
"So let me summarize all this for you, a brown city councilor is using white gentrifiers to suppress a brown neighborhood because it believes in self-determination. Sin verguenza!" - Former aide to the aforementioned brown city councilor.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJI7NHZhQD4Above is an … Continue reading →
I sat down to eat lunch and was watching CNN on the TV in the school cafeteria. According to them, everyone should be afraid this weekend, and Americans should give up just a bit of their independence to allow for the growing police state to intrude on their privacy and freedom and liberty … Continue reading →
Dreamers are disappointed on Brnovich’s decision to appeal instate tuition for DACA recipients.
PHOENIX AZ - July 2, 2015 Attorney General Brnovich’s decision to appeal in-state tuition for dreamers was expected but comes with extreme disappointment. In May, Maricopa County Superior Court … Continue reading →
The City of Tucson is set to ignore the People of the Barrio Hollywood. Westside citizens wonder if their Congressman Raul Grijalva will step in to speak "Truth to Power" or whether he will let those in power destroy the people and the westside barrio he once stood up for... before becoming part … Continue reading →
The University of Arizona and UNAM
Rodolfo F. Acuña
Carlos Slim is not the richest man in the world because of his good looks. He got there the old fashioned way, he used government resources. Slim derived his fortune from his extensive holdings through his conglomerate, Grupo … Continue reading →
What is going on in the Barrio Hollywood Neighborhood Association, and why residents attend the next meeting at 6pm on Thursday July 2nd at El Rio Neighborhood Center?The Barrio Hollywood Neighborhood Association (BHNA) has been in existence since 1989, and in those 25 years the residents of … Continue reading →
Attached below is a constituent letter from Mark Stegeman. The significance of what is taking place requires self-reflection: If the Democrats were in the minority and these type of transparency and money issues were taking place in Tucson's largest school district that is over 60% Latino, the … Continue reading →
Last night the TUSD school board approved a pay raise for its teachers of $500 a year, and a pay raise of 24% to its Supreme Leader HT Sanchez. Suppose there are 21 pay periods for this school year, not including the summers for the teachers. Then this amounts to about a $24 increase per … Continue reading →
To: 10th Open Letter to the CommunityDate: June 22, 2015From: Whistleblowers- Comprised of Extremely Concerned TUSD Administrators, Teachers and ParentsSubject: TUSD; Got Ethics?
The … Continue reading →
Right after the infamous SB1070 was passed in Arizona back in 2010, a month later HB2281 - The Ethnic Studies Ban bill - was passed. In order to rile up the right-wing irrational fear, the first provision of the bill says that no class can be taught in Arizona that "promotes the overthrow of the US … Continue reading →
Consistency is a virtue that is missing from our current TUSD school board majority. You will not hear much from Cam Juarez who is like the Clarence Thomas of the board, just going along with the others and obeying orders. However Adelita Grijalva and Kristel Foster have been on social media this … Continue reading →
At a time when Tucson's largest school district has lost over 20% of its student population in the past dozen years, leading to less money from the state due to lowered enrollment, and at a time when Arizona is cutting funds to education leading to a double-whammy of assaults on schools, and after … Continue reading →
We have been critical of TUSD's spending lately on exorbitant salaries on top personnel. That is solely the fault of the Tucson Democrats that are in majority control of Tucson's largest school district.We have also been critical of Arizona's spending on education, where universities saw over … Continue reading →
Last week the TUSD board president was posting articles on social media from a previous year about a raise that would be given to all teachers in the district. Many did not check the date of the article and it gave the illusion that with all the fuss about the massive raise given to the … Continue reading →
To: Ninth Open Letter to the Community
From: Whistleblowers- Comprised of Extremely Concerned TUSD Administrators, Teachers, and Parents
Subject: The TUSD Tunnel Gets Darker and BleakerThought we had gone away? Wrong. We just took a short hiatus to allow for some reflection and … Continue reading →
The Tucson Weekly has a commentary today on the raise that the TUSD school board continues to give the Superintendent and his Cabinet while the district continues to bleed money; some of it the fault of the state and some of it the fault of the local leadership.The raise will bring … Continue reading →
I have to admit that I read this original story about the circus show that went on at the TUSD board meeting last night on the Arizona Daily Independent, which is notorious for photoshopping images for their stories, but I am still in shock that these pictures come from the official TUSD … Continue reading →
Yesterday was the 6th month since TUSD board president Adelita Grijalva failed to turn in the required campaign finance reports for her re-election last year. After a large infusion of money from out-of-state PACs and dark money, it is probably better for her to keep this money secret (while the … Continue reading →
Today at TUSD the governing board will be discussing a plan to privatize their substitute teachers, and the blame goes to Obamacare.For those who have been following TUSD's situation, substitute teachers many times act as the long-term teacher in the classroom due to the many vacancies in … Continue reading →
State Superintendent public forum at PCC - West Campus tonight!
Who knows what will happen tonight as our Minister of Education, the same one making censorship monitors enter TUSD classrooms to make sure no banned Ethnic Studies teachings are being taught, comes to the Old Pueblo tonight.
Douglas … Continue reading →
Grijalva doesn't want you to know where she gets money for elections?
It has now been over 170 days since the TUSD school board president Adelita Grijalva missed her deadline to submit campaign finance reports to the county.This lack of transparency by the board's most powerful person … Continue reading →
The Good News
The good news is that Maricopa Community College will now offer DREAMers a chance to go to college at the same cost that others living in Arizona get to pay.
Young immigrants granted deferred deportation status by the Obama administration are eligible for in-state college tuition, a … Continue reading →
Earlier this week we wrote about the new developments in the TUSD "internal auditor" saga. For more background on that issue click here to read our article from a few days ago to get caught up. Briefly:Board member Cam Juarez was about to support an internal auditor position until he got … Continue reading →
Three Sonorans Note: We stress the significance in the information below regarding the Fisher Plaintiffs on the Desegregation Case. This is important because the person who claims to be representing the Fishers has been working so hard to dismantle the good that the Deseg Order has brought around, … Continue reading →
Three Sonorans Note: We planned on writing about the strange contradiction in the internal auditor hiring process... about how TUSD simply COULD NOT hire one because it cost too much money, and now how HT Sanchez basically proved Cam Juarez is a weak coward by superseding the board and beginning … Continue reading →
Yesterday we went on the Buckmaster Show to debate the TEA Party on the latest killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. Their claim is that race is a non-issue, but we claim that this is part of a bigger national problem and a pattern is clear if you choose not to ignore the facts … Continue reading →
Dr. Nolan Cabrera is a professor at the University of Arizona who studies "whiteness and white racism" in education. He is also the author of the famous "Cabrera Report" which applied advanced statistical methods to analyze the success of students who took Mexican American Studies in TUSD to see if … Continue reading →
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdgT7pyj-F8Finally, after about three years of MAS destruction by the local TUSD school board in response to the racist state law that gives one person the power to ban Ethnic Studies, the largest school district in Southern Arizona finally did something right … Continue reading →
Last Friday, January 9th, 2015, just one week after Arizona's state superintendent John Huppenthal issued yet another ban on Ethnic Studies classes in TUSD, an Ethnic Studies Now summit was held at Mission High School in San Francisco as hundreds of scholars gathered before the Ninth Circuit … Continue reading →
White Privilege was on full display this week at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco this past Monday, January 12th, 2015 as the State of Arizona defended its Ethnic Studies Ban law that was being challenged by two Chicanas, Maya Arce and Korina Lopez, from TUSD.White Privilege … Continue reading →
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOImb_PXl1oThis past weekend was an historic one for the civil rights movement in this great country which still has a major problem with racism.Over the weekend, scholars gathered from around the nation -- from Seattle and New York to Texas and throughout … Continue reading →
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuGFWyXnsnsAccording to the code of conduct that the TUSD board has established, its principals must:Maintain courteous and professional relationships with pupils, parents/guardians, other employees of the district and all patrons of the District.
Refrain … Continue reading →
There he goes again, that darn Three Sonorans playing the race card again...I made a comment on Facebook yesterday:
Trying to shoot down MAS classes and not looking in the mirror to see what in American culture causes mass shootings...
and immediately was met with complaints that the Colorado … Continue reading →