TEA President Jason Freed rallies TUSD teachers to fight federal court-ordered diversity plans

The email at the bottom was just sent to all TEA members from Jason Freed, President of the Tucson Education Association and deals with consistently campaigning by TEA against the District’s teacher diversity plan.

This diversity plan was designed to hire more ethnic/racial minorities and to more evenly assign minority and non-minority teachers throughout the District; this way schools are neither comprised of predominantly white teachers or minority teachers.

The National Education Association also supports teacher diversity plans.

However, teacher seniority, in the eyes of TEA, is more important than the objective of a court-ordered teacher diversity plan. As seen in the letter below from Jason Freed to his membership, the TUSD Board has been lobbied by him and many TEA members against a diversity plan required by a Federal Desegregation Order. This has resulted in a Board resolution which will be discussed at tonight’s Board Meeting.

If passed, it will result in TUSD appealing the court order of September 6, 2018, to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which will once again be very costly and drain desegregation funds to deal with adult issues. It will also take attention away from student-focused matters.

Many teachers have complained that TEA’s membership is at an all-time low and that its membership is comprised of predominantly of white teachers. TEA refuses to provide statistics on its membership and its membership’s ethnic/racial composition but if what teachers are reporting is true, the data itself would support the need for a diversity plan focused on teachers.

TEA President letter below:

I am writing you a stand-alone message about an extremely concerning piece of information of which we just became aware. This will require your immediate attention, as well as participation on the part of you and your colleagues. Please read below:

In an attempt to gain full Unitary Status, which will mean that TUSD would no longer be under court supervision, TUSD filed for and received Partial Unitary Status just last week. By and large, this is good for employees, students, and the community, as it indicates that TUSD is addressing racial disparities within our community. Buried in the 152-page document, there is one significant section in the “Partial Unitary Status Order.” The Order calls for a change in hiring practices in TUSD. Please read the direct quotes from the Order below:

“The USP, which requires that TUSD ‘increase the number of experienced teachers and reduce the number of beginning teachers hired to teach in racially concentrated schools or schools in which

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TEA to host TUSD candidate debate after endorsing two candidates

Tonight will be the first forum for the candidates running for a seat on Southern Arizona’s largest school district, TUSD. The event is hosted by the TEA, the teacher’s union and its president Jason Freed is advocating for everyone to show up and for help in “re-electing Adelita Grijalva to the Governing Board.”

So come out and learn about the candidates, but we’ve already decided who you should vote for? How’s that for a fair forum?

To canvass with Adam Ragan, send RSVP to a standwithraul.com email address.

Furthermore, “finding the best two candidates… is imperative.” Given that Adelita Grijalva has been canvassing with Adam Ragan, and since Adelita knows what is best for TUSD, is this whole façade of a fair forum just a rally for Adelita and her boy Adam? read more

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50th anniversary of East LA school walkouts: When will TUSD students resume walkouts over MAS?

Three Sonorans is out of town this weekend at UCLA celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1968 East LA Walkouts. Sadly in Tucson, we now we live in an age were white students proudly walk out over constitutionally-protected guns, but TUSD students still have not walked out to demand that their beloved Mexican American Studies Department be brought back after the Federal Court found that Arizona’s ban of it was unconstitutional.

Perhaps this is the main reason the new watered-down Culturally Relevant Classes that replaced MAS in TUSD are kept; they have tamed the young indigenous scholar to accept, to not protest and to not walkout and to not demand the return of their wrongfully taken classes? All while these writing essays on the East LA Walkouts… or how MAS students used to walkout (see video above). read more

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VIDEO: Trump’s Wall violates sovereign Tohono O’odham Nation, Arizona Republicans angrily disagree

As Donald Trump seeks congressional support for his border wall, the Guardian’s Paul Lewis meets Joe Arpaio, the controversial Arizona sheriff recently pardoned by Trump, and other local Republicans who are enraged over what they describe as an ‘invasion’ from Mexico. But he discovers a very different view among the Tohono O’odham Nation, a Native American tribe with members on both sides of the border read more

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It is time to end ICE

The most notorious government agency under the Trump presidency is surely U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The president may not be able to build his wall, but he can turn a horde of goons loose on America’s schools, churches, and homes.

In the spirit of bold policy ideas, allow me to propose a reform of ICE: Just get rid of it. There is simply no need to have an agency whose major task is rounding up and deporting otherwise law-abiding immigrants.Here is a brief and highly incomplete list of atrocities committed by ICE over the past year, compiled by Sean McElwee:staking out churchesto round up people seeking sanctuary;deporting a successful businessmanwho has lived in the U.S. for 40 years;attempting to deport a veteran who served two tours in Afghanistanover a minor drug conviction;deporting an HIV-positive man to Venezuela, where a collapsed medical system means almost certain death;arresting, jailing for two weeks, and attempting to deporta doctor and green-card holder who has lived in the U.S. for 40 years over minor expunged charges from when he was 17; deporting thesole caregiver of a 6-year-old paraplegic boy; and even secretlycompiling ways to strip citizenship from legal residents. Across the country, families are beingripped apartfor no reason by a police force that is, quite simply, an anti-immigrant militia. read more

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2nd 8-week classes in Ethnic, Gender and Transborder Studies start March 19.  ENROLL NOW!!

Dear Friends of Ethnic, Gender and Transborder Studies at Pima,

Please distribute this information widely…and ENROLL!

2nd 8-week classes in Ethnic, Gender and Transborder Studies start March 19.  ENROLL NOW!!

  • MAS 127 CRN 23733  History and Culture of Mexican Americans (MW 5:45-8:25pm), Desert Vista Campus. Starts Mon., March 19 (cross-listed with ANT127 & HIS127). Fulfills I, C & G.
  • GWS 201 CRN 23263  La Chicana (hybrid, 2nd 8 weeks, Th only, 5:40-8:20pm), Downtown Campus. Starts Thurs., March 22 (cross-listed with MAS 201).
  • GLS 110  CRN 23772  Introduction to Cities and Global Society (hybrid, 2nd 8 weeks, Tues only, 2:15-4:05pm), Downtown Campus. Starts  Tues., March 20 (cross-listed with Global Studies-GLS)
  • SOC 204  CRN 23984  Gender Identities, Interactions and Relations (2nd 8 weeks, MW 10:10-12:50pm). East Campus. Starts Mon., March 19.

See the flyer below for AGEC requirements and I, C, G designations these classes fulfill.

For more information, contact me or Chris Rodriguez (chrodriguez@pima.edu520-206-7844), Social Sciences Adviser.

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Whistleblowers: Professor Mark Stegeman’s perserverations promotes pompous elitism with UHS

We grant our permission to publish this letter and to distribute it widely.

62nd Open Letter

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

Subject: Pompous Elitism- University High School’s Part 2-

We have not written since October 2017. Then our letter was about University High and today and today we are back on the same topic. This time we focus on the lack of strong leadership being demonstrated by Dr. Trujillo and the unethical tirades of individual Board members as they push their tunnel-vision resolutions and policies without valid consideration of what is best for students. Three Board members have never had children attend TUSD (K. Foster, R. Sedgwick do not have children. Mark Stegeman had a child last year), yet these three individuals are the eye of the hurricane that constantly cause havoc on the Board. Adelita seems to go along with Foster, no matter her cause. Sedgwick is a Stegeman clone. Hicks is the most independent of all, and he often gets sucked right into the hurricane. It is Gabriel Trujillo we are most disappointed in right now. He has NOT shown the strong and independent leadership which is expected from a superintendent. read more

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