Arizona GOP renews its war on public education

Last year Governor Doug Ducey was forced into increasing his offer of a one percent pay increase for public school teachers to an incremental twenty percent pay increase over two years in response to the Red For Ed teacher strike in Arizona. Governor Ducey suggested at the time that this was just a down payment on restoring massive cuts to public education since the Great Recession and subsequent years over the past decade. Governor Ducey went so far as to market himself as the “education governor” in his reelection bid.

Now that the election is past, that down payment on public education funding talk is nowhere to be found. In his State of The State address on Monday, “the governor talked mostly about programs and initiatives he’s rolled out before, such as the Arizona Teacher’s Academy and his school safety plan. He did not propose any new funding plans, sticking to his 20 by 2020 plan and doubling down on his promise for no tax hikes. What Gov. Doug Ducey said (and didn’t say) about education in State of the State address:

Ducey said he would continue to “hold the line” on raising taxes, signaling a lack of support for any education-related tax increases, possibly like the one state Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, proposed before the legislative session even started.

The governor didn’t address the possibility of finding new revenue streams for education.

He did pledge to keep his promise to raise teachers’ salaries by 20 percent by 2020.

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Tucson Japanese Festival 2019

If you don’t know what takoyaki balls (made from octopus) are, check out our 6th annual Tucson Japanese Festival, which was previously called the Tucson Mochitsuki for the mochi (rice) pounding event highlight. Our Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition (SAJCC) is still pounding & making mochi, but we feature other Japanese activities and performances as  well.  Here’s the flyer and schedule of events below.

NEW location — Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd. (between Oracle and La Canada Drive) –no longer at PCC Downtown, where it was for past 3 years).


Enjoy the ramen and my favorite, spam musubi (very popular back home in Hawaii, where it is ubiquitous). It is cooked rice, covered by a wrapping of nori (seaweed) with fried spam inside.

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TUSD Superintendent Community Forum

“Join Dr. Gabriel Trujillo at the Superintendent Community Forum to talk about what’s happening in #TucsonUnified!  January 17, 6:30 to 8 pm

Dr. Gabriel Trujillo

The forum will be held in the Little Theater at Sabino High School, 5000 N. Bowes Rd. Tucson”

Carolyn’s Note:  We are still waiting here at BFAZ for our webmaster to migrate to a better website, where I  already have 35 plus additional events posted (beyond the ones posted here at this site on our Calendar). This event was one of them, but we’ve had to bypass a few already since Jan. 12.  Sorry to those who were relying on me and our image Calendar, but too busy to re-p0st all of them (double work) here on the front page.

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LD 10 Dems: New Year, New Board, New Representatives, New Goals

Jan. 16, 6 to 8 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church, Goddard Hall
4831 E. 22nd St. Tucson (east of Swan Rd.)
“Your new LD10 Board has been hard at work designing bold and innovative strategies to best reach the goals elected us to reach. Come to the January meeting and find out where you fit in, and how we all support our new (and returning) LD10 Legislators in accomplishing some of those goals at the State level. That includes signing up for the Arizona Legislature Request to Speak system so you can comment on pending legislation!”
Carolyn’s note:  LD 10 is represented in State Senate by incumbent David Bradley, and in the State House with incumbent Kirsten Engel and newcomer Domingo DeGrazia (both attorneys).

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Tucson premiere of Arizona documentary “You Racist, Sexist Bigot” at the Loft Cinema

Tucson Premiere!

You Racist, Sexist Bigot



Loft Cinema is located at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. in Tucson

“Don’t miss the Tucson Premiere of the award-winning, made-in-Arizona documentary, You Racist, Sexist Bigot, featuring a post-film Q&A with directors Pita Juarez and Matty Steinkamp!

Do you ever question the opinions you hold about people who aren’t like you? In a country that prides itself on being a melting pot, it seems that many of us have been raised to believe that, once melted, the end result should resemble only one of the ingredients. Discrimination is rooted not just in seeing ‘the other’ but in being led to believe that ‘other’ equals ‘worse’. This film shares a rainbow of amazing humans in order to tear down the walls that prevent us from seeing that we are far more similar than we are different and that it is the differences which give us our own unique beauty. (Dir. by Pita Juarez and Matty Steinkamp, 2018, USA, 65 mins., Not Rated)”

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