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Back to the McCarthy Era for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas

If teachers walk off the job on Thursday, April 26, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas warned that “there may be investigations” if complaints come into the Department of Education. Furthermore, if the courts deem the walkout a “strike,” Douglas cautioned that teacher certifications may be revoked and censure notices placed on an instructor’s permanent record.

In an interview with Channel Three Arizona Family News (link below), Superintendent Douglas relayed that she is in favor of more money for education and increased salaries for instructors and support staff. She appeared receptive to ideas ranging from local governing boards setting local district salaries to education budget increases being placed as ballot initiatives.http://www.azfamily.com/clip/14295201/raw-video-diane-douglas-discusses-planned-teacher-walkout

However, Douglas urged teachers not to walk out on Thursday and suggested that they continue negotiations with the Governor and legislature, especially because there are proposals to bargain over. Furthermore, she pointed out that students with free and reduced lunch and special needs may suffer if a walkout occurs. Finally, Douglas intimated that instructors may themselves be blacklisted, have their certificates revoked, or be ostracized from future employment if complaints from the community to the department were processed.

That portion of the interview with Superintendent Douglas threatening potential reprisals against instructors shows an attitude that this country has not seen publicly since the McCarthy Era when many were blacklisted for their real or imagined beliefs. That attitude should not be ingrained in the public servants of our state or country in the year 2018. Fortunately, there are two Progressive Democrats (Kathy Hoffman and David Schapira)  just waiting for a chance, after one of them earns their party’s nomination, to replace her after the November elections.

Teachers do not want to walk out. Teachers want to educate and shape children’s hearts and minds. However, they cannot do it effectively when their salaries rank near the bottom of the country. They cannot do it passionately when they sometimes have to work a second job to put food on their table. They cannot do it competently when they are not provided the modern resources to do the job well.

This is about what is right for the children. It is a step in the right direction to make sure that the people who are responsible for them eight hours a day or longer are properly provided for. Making sure our schools are safe and provide all the features of Twenty-First Century culture and technology is another. The Superintendent and Governor are not going to get there by making idle threats or catering to the conservative whims of their alt right-reactionary sponsors who feel the McCarthy Era was “The Good Ole Days.” It is time to properly fund our schools, compensate our instructors and support staff, and prepare our children for tomorrow.

Political Calendar: Week of April 22, 2018

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Political Calendar for the Week of April 22, 2018:

Continuing to Sunday, April 29: Pima County Fair, 11300 S. Houghton Road.

Sunday, April 22: Earth Day.

 

Sunday, April 22, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.

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Political Calendar: Week of April 15, 2018

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Political Calendar for the Week of April 15, 2018:

Rally For Science – Tucson

Sunday, April 15, 9:00 a.m.: Rally For Science 2018, at the Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, Reid Park, 920 S. Concert Place, Tucson. March for Science Southern Arizona is having its 2nd annual Rally for Science. Interactive science booths, spectacular speakers, exciting demos, food trucks, more room, better space, and…BETTER PARKING!! Keynote Speaker is Brian Greene. We want your interactive booth exhibits, speakers, and stage-worhty demos! If you’d like to participate in this way, please email Monica Kothe at monicakothe@gmail.com. We also need volunteers! If you’d like to help out, email us at: helpmarchforsciencesaz@gmail.com. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/1970385869946364/.

Monday, April 16, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. Featured speaker is Jake Bell, Candidate for AZ Corp Commission, on rural broadband & working class issues. Next Week: AnaKarina Rodriguez of Mi Familia Vota.

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Political Calendar: Week of April 8, 2018

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Political Calendar for the Week of April 8, 2018:

Sunday, April 8, 10:00 a.m.: Phoenix Pride Parade, start at 3rd Street and Thomas Road, Phoenix. Join the Arizona Democratic Party LGBT Caucus in this year’s Pride Parade. The LGBT caucus has already secured virtually every statewide candidate to walk or ride with them in the parade. Last year, over 150 people were in the LGBT Caucus contingency and they hope it will be even bigger this year. Please go to the event page on Facebook for details and to RSVP.

Sunday, April 8, 10:00 a.m.: Cyclovia Tucson. Tucsonans can celebrate a five-mile bike ride on carless streets from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Monday, April 9, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. Featured speaker is Rep. Kyrsten Sinema – US. Senate Candidate. Next Week: Jake Bell, Candidate for AZ Corp Commission, on rural broadband & working class issues.

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April 14 Meet & Greet with January Contreras for Arizona Attorney General

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Saturday, April 14, 10:00 a.m.:   Precinct 167 Meet & Greet with Special Guest January Contreras, candidate for Arizona Attorney General.”

All are invited to join us at the home of Rebecca Cramer at 2016 E. Water Street, Tucson, AZ  85719, to hear from  January.  Precinct 167 is located in central Tucson between Campbell Ave. and Tucson Blvd. near Grant Rd.  Contact Lori Tochihara at (520) 360-0357 to RSVP.

For more, read January Contreras Campaigns for Consumer Protection in Attorney General Race.

Fundraiser for Steve Farley for Governor

LD 9 State Senator Steve Farley

Come to the fundraiser for Arizona state Senator Steven Farley, Democratic candidate for Governor.

Sunday, April 15th from 4-6pm at the home of Emily and Ted Morrison.

Their address is 3150 E Linden St Tucson, AZ 85716.

For more info see https://farleyforarizona.com