“One notable Tucsonan in the Educational Enrichment Foundation’s 6th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee lineup will emerge victorious, and teachers across Tucson Unified School District will win big. Emcee for the evening, John Pedicone will keep rivalries in check as proceeds from the event benefit classroom grants from EEF to teachers for classroom supplies, school projects, and desperately needed equipment.
Spellers and their affiliations include:
AMBER ADIL, Angel Charity for Children
STEPHANIE BALZER, The Drawing Studio
RANDI DORMAN, R+R Develop
STEVE FARLEY, Arizona State Senate
DAVE FITZSIMMONS, Arizona Daily Star
SUE GILES, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
MARYANN GREEN, University High School
GREG HANSEN, Arizona Daily Star
TODD HOLTHAUS, Pima Community College Woman’s Basketball
ANGIE JOHNSON-SMITH, Smith & Dale Philanthropic Counsel
CURTIS MCCRARY, The Rialto Theatre
KADE MISLINSKI, Batch and Saguaro Corners
JIM NINTZEL, Tucson Weekly
JASON OTT, Citi
ADAM REX, Children’s Book Author/Illustrator
JIM ROSBOROUGH, Pima Community College Woman’s Basektball
MARK RUBIN, Law Office of Mark Rubin/Pima Medical Institute
DAVID SLUTES, Hotel Congress
DUSTIN WILLIAMS, Pima County School Superintendent’s Office
BETTY VILLEGAS, Community Volunteer
MELISSA VITO, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Arizona
Sponsors include Tucson Electric Power, Learning A-Z, The Rialto Theatre/Tucson, Arizona, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, Smith & Dale, and Long Realty Cares.
7 candidates are running for 3 seats in this race for Governing Board at Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). 3 incumbents are running for re-election: Kirstel Foster, Cam Juarez, Dr. Mark Stegeman. Challengers are Betts Putnam-Hidalgo (ran before for a seat on this board in 2012 and 2014), Lori Riegel, Brett Rustand, Rachael Sedgwick.
List of upcoming forums in September:
September 8 — sponsored by Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 6 to 8 p.m. at CareMore, 4821 N. Stone Ave.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Education, Tucson
Tagged Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, Brett Rustand, Cam Juarez, Capilla de Guadalupe, CareMore, Dietz Neighborhood Assn., Governing Board, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kristel Foster, League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, LWVGT, Mark Stegeman, Rachael Sedgwick, Temple Emanu-El, Tucson Unified School District, TUSD, YWCA of Southern Arizona
“This evening of fun and friendly spelling competition raises funds for EEF’s 33 year old Classroom Grant Program to TUSD teachers.” Stay tuned for any additional celebrities at their FB page:
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Tucson
Tagged Angie Johnson Smith, Bart Smith, Bruce Bayly, Cathie Batbie, Cecile McKee, Celebrity Spelling Bee, Educational Enrichment Foundation, EEF, Jason Ott, Joaquin Ruiz, Kirstel Foster, Kirsten Cook, Mark Rubin, Randy Accetta, Regina Romero, Sam Ireland, Temple of Music & Art, TUSD, Xavier Walker
Cross posted from RestoreReason.com.
I wasn’t surprised by The Republic’s recent findings that during the 2015-16 school year, the vast majority of funding ($20.6 million) for vouchers was taken from public schools rated A or B, but only $6.3 million was taken from schools rated C or D. I’d previously seen a statistic that in 2012, about 92 percent of students taking advantage of the voucher (Empowerment Scholarship Account) program would have attended private schools anyway regardless of voucher availability. Let’s face it; this was never about helping the poor, disadvantaged minority child. The reality is that vouchers were never for poorer Arizonans who can’t cover the average private-school tuition costs of $10,421 when a voucher provides only $5,200.
And yet, the AZ Legislature is pushing two bills to fully open the floodgates on voucher availability, making every student in Arizona eligible for vouchers for homeschooling, tutoring, private school, or to save for college. This, despite the fact that there is little accountability in the program. Yes, recipients must provide quarterly reports of their spending, but DOE staffing for oversight is reportedly insufficient and the schooling options that vouchers pay for have no responsibility for reporting any kind of results. The taxpayer then, has no way to determine return on investment.
Here’s where I start to get confused. The GOP nay, Teapublican-led Arizona Legislature, loves to tout the need for accountability of taxpayer dollars. They are great however, at picking and choosing their targets for applying this accountability. [Please read on, this post isn’t really all about vouchers.] Continue reading
Posted in Budgets, Civil Rights, Education, Legislation, Taxes
Tagged Arizona Legislature, discrimination, empowerment scholarship accounts, ESAs, Finchem, Leach, Lesko, private school, PUHSD, TUSD, vouchers
“It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.” — Emiliano Zapata
For Arizona’s “education leaders” who signed the letters of surrender to Arizona’s lawless Tea-Publican legislature on Prop. 123, this is what you get for your cowardly surrender — they will take away everything else from you now that you have laid down your arms and promised not to fight.
The “We hate Tucson and TUSD” Tea-Publicans in the Arizona legislature are taking away money from school districts this afternoon. House to debate bill taking $200 million from K12 schools:
The House plans to debate a measure that would take more than $200 million a year from school districts that receive funding to provide an equal opportunity education to minority students.
The proposal by Rep. Vince Leach of Tucson would dismantle desegregation funding for 18 school districts over five to 10 years.
Decades ago the federal government ordered 19 school districts to end racial discrimination practices and allowed them to levy higher local property taxes to pay for the changes.
Advocates say the funding is outdated and creates an unfair system that favors some school districts over others.
Opponents say Arizona’s education system is already underfunded and a further reduction would devastate districts that receive the funds.
The House plans to debate House Bill 2401 on Tuesday afternoon.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, AZBlueMeanie, Ballot Referendas and Initiatives, Budgets, Civil Rights, Constitution, Corruption, Courts, Education, Elections, Ethics, GOP War On..., Governor, Legislation, Party Politics, Propositions, Racism, Religion, Scandals, Taxes, Tucson
Tagged Proposition 123 (2016), TUSD