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Candidate commentary

Ragan: TUSD's MAS classes not a 'political football'

TUSD Governing Board candidate Adam Ragan: "On this part, there can be no alternative facts, as some might push. Banning MAS runs counter to the Constitution."... Read more»

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News analysis

TUSD continues pattern of secrecy with sup't hiring process

TUSD picked four finalists for the district's next leader Tuesday night: B, G, P and W. And as far as they're concerned, right now that's all the public needs to know about who might lead Tucson's largest school district. "Unbelievable," said an expert in public records law.... Read more»13

TUSD taps inside candidate as interim sup't

After 30 days without a superintendent, TUSD's Governing Board on Tuesday picked a current administrator to run Tucson's largest district for the time being. They unanimously voted to name Gabriel Trujillo, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, to run the district as the search for a permanent head gets under way.... Read more»

Shafer withdraws as candidate for TUSD interim sup't

The night before the TUSD Governing Board was set to approve a contract to hire former district administrator Maggie Shafer as the interim superintendent, she withdrew her name from consideration. TUSD was set to hire her, along with a deputy she hand-picked, to run the district through June after H.T. Sanchez was pushed out.... Read more»1

TUSD set to hire interim leaders after apparent open meeting law violation

The TUSD Board has scheduled a Friday-afternoon meeting to approve contracts for an interim superintendent and deputy superintendent for the school district. But, although the Board discussed superintendent candidates at a closed meeting earlier this week, the matter of the deputy appointment never appeared on an agenda.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Power down: TUSD needs help after Sanchez battle turns ugly

Politics is getting way too personal on TUSD's Governing Board, which puts schools at risk. So for the good of the students, teachers and my sanity, the board members and their accompanying factions must start to look outside themselves to the broader community to fix what's wrong.... Read more»1

$200K payout as Sanchez resigns from TUSD

With a split Governing Board looking to oust him, Tucson Unified Superintendent H.T. Sanchez resigned Tuesday, with an agreement that will pay him $200,000 to walk away from the district — and binds board members with confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses.... Read more»1

TUSD board delays vote on Sup't Sanchez's job — again

After meeting behind closed doors for about three hours, and listening to community members for nearly an hour, the TUSD Governing Board announced Tuesday they were putting off a public decision on whether to fire Superintendent H.T. Sanchez. Attorneys were told to continue discussions.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Last act for Sanchez at TUSD?

Contract or no contract, TUSD superintendent H.T. Sanchez has less than a week to improve the information flow with the school board majority or he has no business staying. Newcomer Rachael Sedgwick remains steadfast in her determination to make a change at the top of Tucson's largest district.... Read more»6

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Sedgwick's surprise win may be exactly what TUSD needs

Overnight, the stars aligned to change Rachel Sedgwick from a political asterisk into the most powerful newly elected leader between Oro Valley and Nogales. Good thing the woman may match the moment. The bickering school board couldn't ask for more than a curious, empathetic, tough new member.... Read more»3

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Dear legislators: Open letter from a pissed-off taxpayer

Yes, yes, the Tea Party Legislature has screwed their own in an effort to stick it to the spendthrift. Here's what a conservative might say, if they found out what was going on with their taxes... ... Read more»

Adelita Grijalva files TUSD campaign report — 7 months late

The president of the Governing Board of Tucson's largest school district has finally handed in her homework, turning in a campaign finance report last week that was due in early December of last year.... Read more»2

Burney Starks, educator and Juneteenth organizer, dies

Burney Starks, a longtime educator at Pueblo High School, died Sunday. Starks was known for his many community activities, especially for being the driving force behind Tucson's Juneteenth celebrations. Update: Viewing and services set for Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. ... Read more»1

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Crackin' the books: Audit fever grips, distracts TUSD

Arizona ranks 49th in per-pupil spending and no audit can solve what the Legislature won't fix. But by all means let's talk audits at Tucson Unified School District.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Grijalva & Foster: TUSD audit cmte should live in district

Individuals who volunteer to serve on committees and contribute to the decisions affecting the students and families of TUSD should live within the district boundaries. As volunteer members of the Governing Board ourselves, we are required to live in the district we represent. This gives us a direct connection to the children and families that are affected by our decisions. ... Read more»

TUSD giving raises to teachers, administrators

TUSD teachers will receive their first effective raises in years following a Governing Board meeting Tuesday, while a group of administrators outside the district office will see an even larger pay bump under a package approved in a 3-2 vote. Teachers will be moved up one step in the pay scale, a $500 increase. Other staffers will see a 2.5 percent raise, with some school administrators averaging an $1,800 pay bump.... Read more»1

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