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TUSD's Jaeger hired as Amphi superintendent

Todd Jaeger, the chief lawyer for TUSD, will move across town to take the top post in the neighboring Amphitheater School District. The Amphi school board voted unanimously Thursday night to hire Jaeger, a former associate superintendent in that district in northwestern metro Tucson.... Read more»

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Another top TUSD administrator set to resign

The deputy superintendent of TUSD, Karen Kopec, has submitted her resignation, leaving another empty chair in the district's leadership. Kopec came to Tucson last year from Texas, where she had worked with H.T. Sanchez — the TUSD chief who was pushed out in February.... Read more»

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»

TUSD's Morado, Jaeger are finalists for Amphi sup't post

Two administrators for Tucson's largest school district are vying to become the chief of the neighboring Amphitheater Unified School District. Abel Morado, TUSD assistant superintendent, and Todd Jaeger, a former Amphi administrator who's now TUSD's general counsel, have been named the finalists to replace retiring Amphi Superintendent Patrick Nelson.... 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

2 TUSD staffers arrested for failing to report student sexual incident

A pair of Tucson Unified School District employees were arrested Tuesday for failing to report alleged sexual contact between two students at a middle school, authorities said. Vice Principal Bernadette Rosthenhausler and counselor Linda Archuleta didn't tell law enforcement about the incident as required by Arizona law, police said.... Read more»

Many Arizona students underprepared for college

Are Arizona students prepared for college? Recent data indicates they're not. Students here lag the national average in all categories: English, reading, math and science. Only 23 percent of Arizona students meet the benchmarks in all four subjects.... Read more»

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Arizona's low classroom spending is the price of districts being broke

Every March the Auditor General releases a report on K-12 classroom spending and every year the math-challenged press falls for the clickbait line “Arizona classroom spending near record lows.” The real story: the state doesn't provide enough money to pay teachers – the biggest driver of classroom expenses – then cuffs districts around for not spending enough in classrooms. Jerks. ... Read more»1

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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

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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»

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»

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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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A look at 2017: The year of 'Who the Hell Knows'

Together we in Southern Arizona enter 2017 looking through the lens of just one tautology: God only knows what will happen. If you liked last year's uncertainty, you'll love what comes next. Five issues locally could give Tucsonans an idea.... Read more»1

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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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