Public Education: Don’t forget the taxpayers

May 16, 2018

The scandal-plagued Scottsdale Unified School District just hired an interim superintendent, Dr. John Kriekard. Dr. Kriekard was a longtime educator, principal, and assistant superintendent within our district, and served as superintendent of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Kriekard sent out an encouraging communication today: May 16, 2018 Good Afternoon, SUSD Family, Today marks my […]

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Accounting is Complicated, Accountability is Not

May 15, 2018

Former SUSD CFO Laura Smith The latest shoe to drop in the ongoing Scottsdale Unified School District fraud carnival is the criminal indictment of former CFO Laura Smith. As the person most directly responsible for the financial health of the 23,000-student district and its $170+ million budget, Smith was simultaneously on the payroll of a […]

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Developer Dishonesty? Say it isn’t so!

May 14, 2018

Vicki Falen and her husband Dana live in the Montana Ranch community south of Shea Boulevard at roughly 117th Street. Late last year an adjoining parcel which was similarly-designated as rural residential, was rezoned via “major general plan amendment,” by mayor Jim Lane and the Scottsdale city council to commercial use, for a developer who […]

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Quote of the Day: Confident Ignorance

April 16, 2018

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. Charles Darwin (1809–1882), English naturalist who authored the unifying theory of the life sciences.

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What the public isn’t told about high-performing charter schools in Arizona – The Washington Post

April 2, 2018

“In 2015-16, only 1.23 percent of the students at BASIS charter schools had a learning disability, as compared to 11.3 percent of students in the state. BASIS schools had no English Language Learners. And in a state in which over 47 percent of all students received free or reduced- priced lunch, BASIS had none. Although […]

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Quote of the Day: Action

March 30, 2018

Action is the only Truth. Marcus Aurelius, 121 AD to 180 AD, the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors of Rome. His death marked the end of the Pax Romana and the beginning of the eventual fall of the Western Roman Empire. (via John Groseclose)

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Charter school real estate

March 27, 2018

McCarty said she is in the process of selling the school buildings to another charter school operator.

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Scottsdale proposes 35 year/$35 mil lease of Papago complex from Phoenix, to keep Giants in the Valley (no cost to Phoenix) – Story | KSAZ

March 26, 2018

One of the most ridiculous proposals I’ve heard from a city full of ridiculousness. The proposed plan involves the City of Scottsdale leasing the complex for 35 years and spending $35 million along with the Giants to upgrade the facility, adding a parking lot and also improving hiking trails in the area.”The Giants will have […]

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Scottsdale schools chief Denise Birdwell hired friend’s family in Higley

February 26, 2018

Among criticisms of Scottsdale schools chief Denise Birdwell is that she hired the brother of a close friend. In Higley, she hired the friend’s son. — Read on www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale-education/2018/02/26/scottsdale-schools-chief-denise-birdwell-hired-family-close-friend-higley-school-district/365651002/

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Satanists Sue Scottsdale Officials Who Rejected Their Invocation Request

February 24, 2018

This was a crisis of Jim Lane’s own making. The mayor controls the agenda for the city council meetings, and Lane approved the Satanists and put them on the agenda BEFORE his scripted outrage. You think invocations don’t matter? The Scottsdale City Council members changed the rules to prevent Satanists from speaking. — Read on […]

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