Why a Functional, Efficient and Growing TUSD is good for our Kids and for the City of Tucson

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TUSD Kids First, a non‐partisan and Independent Expenditure Committee, has a specific goal to make the Tucson Unified School District a functional, efficient and growing school district. This simple and much desired positive change would greatly impact the Kids within TUSD and the City of Tucson. For the Kids of TUSD… A functional Governing Board would provide a focus on the children attending TUSD schools and the teachers that are doing miracles in the classroom. Simply by moving the $11M in excess administrative costs into the classroom would provide a great start. To empower the principals and those closest to our children would bring TUSD to […]

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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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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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TUSD continues to remain silent on violent student behavior this semester

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I work for the Tucson Unified School District and I have been heavy hearted about what I see everyday. I read your article on the media having a conflict of interest in reporting the truth and it made me upset because I don’t know how to bring these issues to light. There are many unsafe situations in the elementary school I work at – which happens to be right around the corner from Palo Verde HS. Common occurrences include students throwing chairs, and other objects that hit students and teachers in the face, kids fighting each other in the classroom, putting other students at risk […]

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TUSD Kids First announces endorsements to help #ChangeTheBoard!

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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 the TUSD board because of their commitment to improving the district for all …for the TUSD board because of their commitment to improving the district for all kids and their belief that TUSD can become an exemplary school district by providing […]

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