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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»

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Nov 20, 2016, 7:21 pm
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This is a very well written article. Some people like Ms Sedgewick just defy being pigeonholed into one of the all too familiar labels.  As a recovering TUSD retiree I wish her the best of success in this thankless position. I supported one of the candidates for the board and was shocked to see that it was indeed a blood feud. One of the ruling triad that survived the election has blocked other board members on Facebook which is showing the kids a very childish role model.
While I am an eternal optimist I have my doubts too about her accomplishing any real change. In the fifteen years that I worked at TUSD we had five superintendents come and go and I have no idea how many acting superintendents. TUSD is a juggernaut and as such it is a Herculean task to try to change its course. It’s has an institutional memory that resists all attempts to change it and wards off Superintendents and board members like an immune system fighting a virus. The worst aspect is that it is rife with nepotism and cronyism and even the current board president pretended to not be involved when her mother in law was hired and Sanchez lied about not knowing who she was. There is a culture of corruption down at 1010 and the teachers and the kids are the one who suffer for it. When I heard that 301 money was not paid to teachers like it was supposed to be and used to balance TUSD’s budget it really made me angry. And to add insult to injury Sanchez has a higher salary than the president of the United Sates.
To Ms. Sedgewick I plead, Please hold these people accountable.

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Nov 20, 2016, 10:06 pm
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I hope your enthusiasm is warranted, but would like to correct a few of your assertions. Despite the assertions of the board majority there was no “team Stegeman” and Mark had no “slate of candidates”. Or maybe I am so politically naive about the questionnaire that we ALL (except two who chose not to) filled out for an endorsement by a third party that I didn’t notice that it was for a team Stegeman? As an independent candidate that kind of toxic spin is neither accurate nor helpful. When the Tucson Weekly endorsed Cam, Kristel and Putnam-Hidalgo, did that make a slate? When a third party chooses three individuals it only makes a slate to those who want to make it something it isn’t.

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Nov 21, 2016, 1:39 pm
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The story was an alright read. But, no matter who is elected to the board, TUSD is hopeless. It is a monster that has grown far out of control. The only hope of fixing things is to break up that district in to a few smaller, more manageable districts.

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