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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»

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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»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: TUSD looks at more cost-cutting

An interview with TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone, plus the Reporters' Roundtable with Jimmy Boegle, editor of the Tucson Weekly, and Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial writer for the Arizona Daily Star. Plus, Matt Russell, Tucson's Culinary Cruiser, has Weekend Watch.... Read more»



Pueblo Magnet High School Principal Vivi Watt believes in "do overs" for students who fail. TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone thinks they should study.... Read more»


Pedicone: Pueblo's no-zero grading 'crossed the line'

Updated: TUSD officials are tossing out a "naive" Pueblo High plan to give students a minimum 50 points on every assignment, even in cases of cheating. Sup't Pedicone said the school's principal "ended up crossing the line."... Read more»5

TUSD school board meeting live stream

Watch a live stream of the TUSD Governing Board meeting beginning at about 7 p.m.... Read more»

TUSD school board meeting live stream

Watch a live stream of the TUSD Governing Board meeting beginning at about 7 p.m.... Read more»

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