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 […]
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 […]
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. Charles Darwin (1809–1882), English naturalist who authored the unifying theory of the life sciences.
“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 […]
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)
McCarty said she is in the process of selling the school buildings to another charter school operator.
Scottsdale proposes 35 year/$35 mil lease of Papago complex from Phoenix, to keep Giants in the Valley (no cost to Phoenix) – Story | KSAZ
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 […]
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/
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 […]
“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