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TUSD Multicultural Symposium at Catalina High School

You can register online at: http://www.tusd1.org/Information/MulticulturalSymposium

6th Annual EEF Celebrity Spelling Bee

“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
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
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.

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World Refugee Day Celebration


Upcoming forums for Tucson Unified School District Governing Bd. race (updated)

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.

Hispanic forum

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Join celebrities at EEF’s Spelling Bee


“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:


The color of accountability

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