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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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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

What the Devil won't tell you

Stop the insanity: TUSD eschews the easy for the scandalous in Sanchez battle

No one worry. It's going to be fine. Rest easy. Lawyers are now in charge. That passage – never before written in the English language – describes how the TUSD Governing Board has taken a tough but legit decision to fire the superintendent and turned it into a budding political disaster. TUSD doesn't have this kind of goodwill to burn.... 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

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

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

TUSD shuttering 11 schools to trim deficit

In a move meant to trim a budget gap, TUSD will close 11 schools and may convert another to a charter school next year. The Governing Board vote Thursday will save $4.2 million in 2013-14, but Tucson's largest school district has a projected $17 million deficit.... Read more»

TUSD

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

Ethnic studies

TUSD ousts MAS director in chaotic meeting

TUSD's Governing Board fired MAS director Sean Arce in a split vote Tuesday night, after chanting protesters delayed the decision. Despite impassioned pleas and a demonstration that saw supporters zip-tie themselves together, the board voted 3-2 to not renew his contract.... Read more»1

Daily Show tackles TUSD's ethnic studies

Comic news program The Daily Show took on TUSD's ongoing controversy over ethnic studies Monday night. Here's the video.... Read more»3

New TUSD board member sworn in, Stegeman back as president

A new member of TUSD's Governing Board, Alexandre Sugiyama, was sworn in Tuesday night after his appointment to a vacant seat. The board elected Mark Stegeman as its president. Stegeman was ousted from that position in August because of the controversy over Ethnic Studies.... Read more»

54 apply to fill Burns' seat on TUSD board

The list of those who applied to fill a vacant seat on the TUSD Governing Board includes a former board member, a former congressional candidate, and two failed board candidates, among 50 other political activists.... Read more»

Pima Sup't to TUSD: Pick 5th member for committee or she'll call special election

The Pima County school superintendent told TUSD to name a fifth member to the committee charged with picking someone to fill a vacancy on the district's Governing Board, or she'll call a special election.... Read more»

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