Education Reform in Arizona: Just Another Year of Our Children’s Lives

ARIZONA COMMUNITY PRESS Most of us are now aware that certain forces within the government and private sectors are expending tremendous amounts of money and energy to change how our public education system works and what parents and teachers can expect from it. The changes are being pitched by the government as being necessary to …

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Students, indentured servitude and America’s trillion dollar student loan debt (and, by the way, welcome back, UofA and PCC students!)

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN All across the United States the after-effects of the housing crash are still being felt, from vacant houses to a stagnant economy. However, when it was announced last year that student loan debt in the USA had exceeded one trillion dollars, and Standard & Poors warned that student debt now exceeded credit …

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Police as Drug Recognition Experts. What could go wrong?

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Some serious errors can be fatal while others just result in life-changing havoc. For Gavin Douglas, AKA Gadget to five grandkids, life as a master metal worker, sculptor, and driver is over. These days he can’t be counted on to even recall his grandchildren’s names. “I think they just stereotyped him,” Mary …

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Indigenous and Teacher Protest from Oaxaca, Part One

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Oaxaca — In the tourist city of Oaxaca in this poor Southern Mexican state, teachers and a group of indigenous Triqui people are occupying the Zocalo.  The teachers are fighting education reforms that will privatize public schools, standardize curricula, and require all Mexican teachers to pass a standardized test or else lose …

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Does John Pedicone want to close your neighborhood school?

Empty school in background, fence with large "CLOSED" sign in foreground

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Parents and teachers worried about possible TUSD school closures would be wise to keep a close eye on what Superintendent John Pedicone‘s staff is calling the School Facilities Master Plan. At their July 10 regular meeting, TUSD board members approved what their agenda described as “guidelines and criteria for school consolidation process for the purpose of …

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