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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The SUSD board should have done this months ago

February 22, 2018

“This is so stupid,” said Scottsdale resident Dan Drake Thursday. “The Attorney General has had to do what the district should have done. The district’s governing board should have done this months ago.”  www.azfamily.com/story/37568967/attorney-general-files-lawsuit-against-scottsdale-unified-and-unlicensed-architect

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The Bird is not Well

February 22, 2018

Because it’s been widely broadcast by the mainstream media, you may have already heard that Scottsdale Unified School District superintendent Denise Birdwell was placed on administrative leave last night by the SUSD governing board. This action comes after a tumultuous two-year tenure, which has seen almost complete turnover in senior-level district staff, wholesale replacement of […]

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The most important government

February 21, 2018

SRP’s Trish Moeck posted a well-written article (which I’ve copied below) yesterday on the Scottsdale Leadership website, and I’d like to use as a jumping-off point for an expanded look at some of the topics Trish discussed. As you may know, Scottsdale Leadership is at its core a training program run by the Scottsdale Area […]

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Conflict of Interest: What’s the Big Deal?

February 12, 2018

A number of folks who I know to be educated (and presumably intelligent) have been astonishingly dismissive of recent findings that Laura Smith, the chief financial officer of our Scottsdale Unified School District lied about the degree of a conflict of interest between her role as steward of taxpayer money budgeted for schools, and her […]

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