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What the Devil won't tell you

Ad debunker: Tucson taxes nowhere near the country's highest

Spreading the falsehood that Tucson's taxes lead the country is proselytizing a faith in local incompetence that is beyond biblical and dangerous for our economy. As a matter of fact, we don't come close to stacking up against truly tax-stricken cities.... Read more»

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Jones: Community crisis of access & affordability

"We are at a pivotal moment right now in the fight for equity for our youngest learners -- a real opportunity to invest in our most crucial resource, our children." — Strong Start Tucson campaign supporter Amber Jones.... Read more»5

Arizona wrongly distributed $62M in federal aid for poor students

The Arizona Department of Education was alerted in March 2015 that it was improperly distributing federal funds intended to help low-income students, but didn’t undertake serious efforts to identify and fix the problem until early 2017.... Read more»

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Stauffer: Support for Prop. 204 in Tucson

Providing scholarships for 8,000 three- and four-year-olds who are not currently in quality preschool will, in time, improve high school graduation rates and college enrollment rates.... Read more»

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Fimbres: Education key to success but Prop. 204 not the right answer

Councilman Richard Fimbres on the Strong Start Tucson initiative: "The efforts this year on the ballot measure known as Prop. 204 are admirable, but the language in this proposition raised concerns for me, for future mayors and Councils and for the good citizens of Tucson."... Read more»1

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TUSD's decision to bond is not sub-prime

About Prop. 458, TUSD's bond question on the ballot: I've been hearing that bond debt "compares" to all the morally nebulous debt that is drowning Washington and destroying the economy. The word folks are looking for is "contrasts." Some borrowing is smart debt; it's not all evil.... Read more»2

Strong Start, zoo campaigns failed to disclose 100s of thousands in donations, expenses

The backers of the Strong Start Tucson education tax for months failed to file prompt disclosures of high-dollar donations and expenses, a TucsonSentinel.com investigation shows. The No on Prop. 204 campaign had a filing error, and backers of the zoo sales tax also failed to properly file.... Read more»2

Az schools cite incorrect data, repairs, threats in letter-grade appeals

Seventy-three schools are appealing the letter grades they’ve been given by Arizona school officials, citing a variety of reasons why their ratings should be improved. Amphi's CDO and Helen Keeling appealed, as did Sonoran Science Academy.... Read more»

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Prop. 204: A voucher by any other name

Guest opinion: We in Tucson owe it to our children to implement a program that will benefit all of our community. We must build a program that will help low income children close the learning gap, not a program that allows upper middle-class families a rebate on their tuition while working families are asked to pay "put some skin in the game."... Read more»4

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Prop. 204 is about kids and about the town where they live

Guest opinion: It’s “poorly written,” “vague” and “lacking in oversight,” they say. Opponents of Prop. 204 are arguing that the measure is an incompetent attempt by amateurs because, well, it is impossible to win with “preschool is bad.” ... Read more»

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Strong Start Tucson's flawed conception undermines noble effort

Strong Start Tucson authors seem to be offering a tone-deaf promise they'll answer questions after voters hand them $50 million per year. That's not a winning strategy or a good idea. Too many of initiative's details are left to be decided later — cue a Rio Nuevo flashback.... Read more»1

Biz groups come out against Strong Start Tucson education initiative

A coalition of business groups has launched an effort to derail Prop. 204, a sales-tax initiative that would direct $50 million yearly to early childhood education in Tucson. Proponents say it's a necessary investment, but opponents say the measure lacks oversight, with some calling it a "voucher" system.... Read more»4

As time for DACA renewals runs out, those affected in Az look to future

Jazmin Nuñez was born in the United States, and therefore is a citizen-but her sister is not. That’s why for the past month, Nuñez has worked hard to help people do what her own sister can’t — renew their DACA status.... Read more»

Az Dep't of Education releases school grades after pushing reporter from office

After refusing to release school letter grade records distributed to Arizona public schools and claiming that no list of all scores existed, the Department of Education has reversed course and released the records to media outlets who sought them.... Read more»3

Az Dep't of Education forcibly removes reporter asking to inspect records

The Arizona Department of Education physically pushed an AZCIR reporter out of its Capitol Mall offices Thursday in response to a request to inspect the latest school letter grade records. The agency’s security guard told AZCIR’s reporter he was trespassing and pushed him out of the public building.... Read more»

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