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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»

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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

$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»

Guest opinion

Pedicone: What's wrong with education today?

When teaching becomes devalued to the point where in many states — including Arizona — a teacher with a family qualifies for state and federal subsidies, is it surprising that there is an increase in the number of veteran educators choosing to leave the profession? ... Read more»

TUSD gives Sanchez 3-year $240k contract as new sup't

H.T. Sanchez, the new superintendent of Tucson Unified School District, will be paid $210,000 yearly as part of a three-year contract approved by the Governing Board on Friday night. He will also receive over $31,000 in benefits, and be eligible for a six-percent performance bonus and a third-year incentive of 50 percent of his pay for that year. Sanchez signed the contract Saturday.... Read more»1

No deal, yet: TUSD Board recesses, will consider new sup't contract Fri.

Citing the need to continue negotiations with possible new superintendent H.T. Sanchez, the TUSD Governing Board recessed a special meeting Thursday after about 90 minutes in executive session. Boardmembers will meet again Friday afternoon.... Read more»1

TUSD appoints Sanchez new sup't in 4-1 vote

On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the TUSD Governing Board appointed H.T. Sanchez as the district's new superintendent. Boardmember Mark Stegeman voted "no," but said after the meeting that he would support the new superintendent. Board Clerk Kristel Foster said she backed the choice of Sanchez because "his values are grounded in our community. He shares our values."... Read more»1

TUSD sup't finalist video: 'No silver bullets' to fix education

Full video: H.T. Sanchez, the sole finalist for TUSD superintendent, answered questions at length at a public forum Wednesday night, speaking for two hours before an audience of about 90 at Catalina High. Sanchez gave his take on issues facing the district, including qualified support for Mexican American studies, a rejection of guns in schools, and a willingness to grapple with charter schools.... Read more»1

TUSD announces single finalist for superintendent

After winnowing a list of applicants from 67 to 21, to 10 and then to four who were interviewed in recent days, the TUSD Governing Board has named a single candidate for the soon-to-be-vacant superintendent's chair. H.T. Sanchez, interim superintendent of a Texas school district, is the sole person under consideration to lead Tucson's largest district.... Read more»2

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: Kirkpatrick on vets, Evans on bombings

Interviews with Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans, Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone, Tucson Hispanic Chamber President Lea Marquez Peterson, and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckamster: TUSD's Pedicone talks about timetable for his successor

An interview with TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone, plus the Reporters' Roundtable with Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial writer for the Arizona Daily Star, and Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News, and Weekend Watch with Matt Russell.... Read more»

TUSD Sup't Pedicone announces resignation

John Pedicone, the superintendent of the Tucson Unified School District, announced his resignation Wednesday. Pedicone, who has led the district since 2010, has faced criticism for his handling of the state's challenge to TUSD's ethnic studies program, and opposition to school closures and other measures proposed to fill a budget hole.... Read more»6

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: TUSD faces challenges

Interviews with broadcaster Dave Sitton; Mark B. Evans Tucsoncitizen.com administrator; TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone; state House Speaker Rep. Andy Tobin and state Sen. Linda Lopez... Read more»

Tucson Unified School District

Disagreements remain as special master files TUSD deseg plan

Despite months of court-ordered negotiations led by a special master, there remains much contention over Tucson Unified School District's desegregation programs. Parties to lawsuits first filed in 1974 and the district filed their objections to a "Unitary Status Plan" also filed Friday. (complete documents)... Read more»

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