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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

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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»

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

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

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»

Tucson school uses garden, ecology projects to cultivate math skills

Kindergartners use a long wooden stick with inch-spaced marks to make sure carrot seeds planted in Manzo Elementary School’s garden will grow without crowding each other. In the process, they’re learning units of measure. Teachers at the West Side school said that while many schools have gardens to teach sustainability lessons, theirs is different because its many components allow math lessons for all grade levels.... Read more»

TUSD chief: Can't run schools like a business

Pointing out that education isn't a product for sale but something that benefits the entire public, new TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez told a liberal political group Wednesday night that "you can't run education like a business."... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: TUSD's struggle with declining enrollment

Inteviews with with Terry Bracy, Buckmaster contributor on Washington and government affairs, and financial planner Shelly Fishman. Plus, Pam Crim of Cox Communications talked about her involvement with Make-A-Wish Arizona, and Kristel Foster, TUSD Governing Board member, discussed the district's enrollment.... 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

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

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