TUSD teachers get first paychecks today without contracts

This is a message sent to TUSD board members today about the latest debacle in Tucson’s largest school district.

Teachers got their 1st paychecks today, but they still haven’t gotten their contracts. They have no word from TUSD on when they’ll see their contracts. No word on what they will be paid this year!

This isn’t right!

Both Rachel Sedgwick and Michael Hicks have objected strenuously.

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David Garcia’s strange and embarrassing letter of defeat

While Three Sonorans has endorsed David Garcia for Arizona Governor, his latest email asking for money was shocking and has a scolding tone to it.

What do you think?

Subject: EMBARRASSING defeat – from David Garcia

We’re at a loss for words…

  • WE TOLD YOU that David Garcia’s campaign is being attacked by the GOP.
  • WE TOLD YOU that David Garcia is the KEY to flipping a battleground state BLUE.
  • AND WE TOLD YOU that if 3OO donations don’t pour in by TONIGHT, our campaign could be finished for good.
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    In defense of Sally Ann Gonzales for LD3, an experienced Yaqui female legislator being silenced for speaking Truth to Power


    Its election time again. I am sick and tired of irresponsible, corrupt politicians and I am doing something about it! The following message took a lot of thinking and soul searching for me, but there comes a time when we need to stand up and tell it like it is no matter who it is! If you agree, vote for my choice if you don’t, we all have choices. If you like, please share.

    State Representative Sally Ann Gonzales is running for the vacant State Senate seat in Legislative District 3. Sally Ann has a proud history of standing up for women’s rights and the disadvantaged. An independent thinker, Sally Ann has stood up to the establishment. read more

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    Complaints against harassment by the TUSD Desegregation Fisher “Plaintiff” continue

    The following open letter to TUSD was posted on this recently posted article’s comment section.

    TS and Readers: The following was sent to Board and Supt. today.

    August 6, 2018

    Dear TUSD Governing Board and Dr. Gabriel Trujillo:

    I was very glad to see what the Whistleblowers reported about Gloria Copeland in Three Sonorans. Good and brave of the Whistleblowers! In reaction to the Whistleblowers’ 72nd letter, Dr. Gabriel Trujillo is saying that Gloria Copeland, Fisher plaintiffs’ representative (or whatever her role is) has the same rights to visit schools as any other “citizen.” This immediately shows how oblivious he is about Gloria Copeland’s behavior throughout the District and his lack of power or willingness to protect TUSD employees from Gloria’s out-of-bounds behavior at the schools. Maybe he believes Gloria’s bluff that she has two or three Board members “in-pocket.” (She throws Michael Hick’s name around all of the time and suggests that she speaks to Mark Stegeman regularly and she throws in that when she spoke with Rachael Sedgewick she said this and she said that so that people will know that she is also in contact with her.) It is one of her intimidation tricks. Basically, she is constantly dropping their names. I refuse to believe that any of these three Board members condone what Gloria is doing in the schools or other TUSD offices and I challenge each board member and Dr. Trujillo to condone her conduct or to denounce it. Remaining silent actually condones Gloria’s behavior and it allows her to continue with her awful disrespectful and disruptive behavior. read more

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    Whistleblowers demand Fisher Plaintiffs follow TUSD policies including state and federal law

    We grant our permission to publish this letter and to distribute it widely. The Whistleblowers are the sole authors of all of our letters. Those who publish or reference our letters are not involved in writing or influencing our letters.

    72nd Open Letter to TUSD Governing Board and Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo- Request to Stop Intimidation, Harassment, Insults, Bullying, Threats, and Coercion by Gloria Copeland- STOP HER Meeting at Sahuaro HS on Friday, August 3, 2018

    From: TUSD Whistleblowers– Comprised of a Large Group of Extremely Concerned TUSD Administrators, Teachers, Retired Administrators, Parents, & Grandparents read more

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    Whistleblowers address horrible tenure on TUSD school board and recent hypocrisy

    The fact remains that Adelita Grijalva is a lousy Board member. She was first elected in 2003 and took office in 2004. During her time on the Board, she has never been well prepared for Board meetings (NEVER). Almost 20 schools closed down under Adelita’s non-leadership and six schools are no longer magnet schools because of her lack of leadership in holding HT Sanchez accountable for his neglect of our magnet schools. She and her quorum were responsible for paying the HIGHEST salary to HT in the state than any other public school superintendent. For the majority of her tenure, NO curriculum existed within TUSD. Only two weeks ago she voted in favor of a budget which is destined to explode.

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    Republican running for state house in Tucson admits he killed his mother

    [Bobby] Wilson told the crowd he was “living proof” that the only one who can stop someone trying to harm somebody is a “good guy with a gun.”

    He didn’t say at that event that the person he shot was his mother.

    Rep. Daniel Hernandez, a Democrat who represents the same district Wilson is running in, was at the forum. He said Gabby Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot in Tucson in 2011, and other gun violence survivors were in the audience. Many were shocked, he said. read more

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    Trump-supporting conservative radio station in Tucson sold to Spanish-format “La MAS Mexicana”

    For many years in Tucson, you could tune in to hear your daily hate on “Good News Communication,” 1030AM-KVOI. If you wanted to hear multiple shows in the morning or afternoon that supported this last decade of hate in Arizona, from SB1070 to HB2281, which banned Mexican American Studies (MAS) in TUSD, to Trump’s support of America’s most hateful Sheriff Arpaio, you knew where to turn on the radio dial.

    Now the morning show named WakeUp Tucson! may become ¡Despierta Tucson! as Bustos “La MAS Mexicana” Media buys out the Trump-supporting Christian Conservative radio station that was part of the racist and unconstitutional assault on MAS and Latino students in Tucson Unified. read more

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    Whistleblowers: Mean girl Kristel takes over June 27th meeting, Deseg concerns in TUSD

    June 27th Board Meeting: Is this a Joke?

    The June 27th Board meeting was filled with dysfunction. It was almost like a slap-stick comedy routine. What type of leadership loads a Board agenda up with 56 items? It shows unadulterated stupidity.

    Mark Stegeman sort-of attended the meeting- on and off -as he connected and then disconnected on the telephone. He was at a hospital in Denver probably having to do with a family member’s medical needs but no explanation was ever provided. He had no agenda or any notes and had to keep asking questions over issues which had already been covered. It took a few tries to even get him on the phone. It was disruptive. At one point his child grabbed the phone out of his hand and decided to talk. It just added chaos. Because Mark was not physically present, Kristel-salivating-at-the-mouth-to-be-Board-President took over the President’s role. It was outrageous. read more

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