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by David Safier I just put up my first introductory post on The Range, which means this is my last piece at BfA after 6 years and 3,000-some posts. You can continue to follow me over there if you wish.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier As I count down to my exit from BfA and entrance onto The Range, I'm taking a look back on my tenure here. Mike Bryan says I've written over 3,000 posts, and I believe it. Even scrolling... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier The Arizona Chamber of Commerce announced its 2014 legislative agenda. Along the way, Speaker of the House Andy Tobin, who's running for Congress in CD-1, said Washington is what's wrong with Arizona. “If the federal government took... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by David Safier In the interest of full disclosure, I need to mention that I write a monthly column for The Explorer, a weekly distributed mainly in the Marana/Oro Valley/Foothills area. But seeing as how I'm criticizing the paper, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by David Safier My new home on The Range is official. While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is clinging to his last shred of plausible deniability, Weekly editor Dan Gibson lost his when he committed to my new position in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by David Safier Somebody at the Star made a great catch. They spotted this license in Tucson sometime last week. Someone bought the new Extraordinary Educators license plate from the state that has "ARIZONA" at the top and "Support our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier This is simply chilling. A teacher who spent a year teaching in one of K12 Inc.'s online charter school tells all in an Edweek blog post, 15 Months in Virtual Charter Hell: A Teacher's Tale. Since Education... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier Republicans love widows and orphans funds. What better way to pass conservative legislation than to have it serve the least fortunate? "How dare you oppose services for those poor, neglected [fill in the blank]!" Then, once the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier I'm learning that Ed Supe John Huppenthal is either a true geek or a geek-wannabe. He loves plowing through data and studies. His pride and joy is an educational computer-based math game he created, FreeThrow, which he's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier Soon, probably next week, I'll be moving from Blog for Arizona to Tucson Weekly's blog, The Range. I love this blog, but I was given the opportunity to be part of the Weekly and I took it.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier Dick Metcalf is a gun enthusiast, writer on guns and hunting and defender of a pretty strict interpretation of the Second Amendment and gun rights. But in his regular Guns & Ammo column in October, he wrote... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier Word to the wise: Take every company's complaint about how unskilled its workforce is with a grain of salt. Every boss wants workers who are highly skilled, motivated, obedient and willing to work for peanuts. When that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier AZ Republicans are well known for balancing the budget on the backs of children. Starting with a near-bottom education funding per child in the country, they cut 21% more over the past few years -- the highest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by David Safier Now that Colorado has legalized marijuana and more people are talking about ending the incredibly destructive War on Drugs, it's a good time to take a trip down memory lane and think about my favorite soldier in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier I have to admit, I'm confused about the whole TUSD deseg thing, and Mari Herreras' cover story on the subject in the Weekly confused me still more, because it makes it clear just how complex the whole... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by David Safier Now that Cap'n Al's misquote of Lincoln has gone national at Talking Points Memo, it's time to wonder, did the gubernatorial candidate read the Republic back in June, 2011, when he first tweeted the same bogus quotes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier Raena Janes, who founded the La Paloma Academy charter schools, has a Q&A in today's business section. Naturally, she sings the praises of her schools. What's her secret? The school emphasizes character. "We demand that our students... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier The Douglas County School District near Denver broke campaign laws by paying a scholar to write a "scholarly" puff piece about the district just before the school board elections. The TUSD connection is, the Douglas district's superintendent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier Only four giving days until the end of the public school tax credits for the year. Please, if you pay state taxes, take advantage of the 100% back offer. Give $200 for an individual, $400 for a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier Welcome to Ed Supe John Huppenthal's world, which he shares with other conservative Republican candidates across the country who aren't quite wingnut enough to satisfy the truly addled wingnuts. Hupp is being attacked by Diane Douglas, a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier My Tucson Weekly column takes apart the misleading conservative slogan, "Education is the civil rights issue of our generation." The phrase sounds all progressive in a Brown v. Board of Education kind of way, but its purpose... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier Unfortunately, too many people today have returned to the late 19th/early 20th century concept of deserving and the undeserving poor. Let's help those poor people who deserve to be helped, they say, people who are poor through... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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by David Safier On this month's episode of the cable TV show, Education: The Rest of the Story, I have a segment showing how closely, almost exactly, state school grades correlate with the household incomes in areas around Tucson. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier Yeah, I know, Indiana is a long way from Tucson, but the conservative "education reform" juggernaut, like "Money" in Oliver Stone's Wall Street, "never sleeps," so any news that contradicts its constant myth making is worth reporting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
by David Safier I don't do restaurant reviews or plug businesses, but I just came home from CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen's grand opening at its new digs, 5305 E. Speedway between Rosemont and Craycroft (the website still has the old address... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Blog For Arizona