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2008-10-12 09:00:20

By JAMAR YOUNGER Three Tucson-area teachers have been selected as finalists for 2009 Arizona Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation. La Cima Middle School teacher Becca Hughes is one of five state finalists who is eligible for $20,000, a laptop from Intel, a full scholarship to Argosy University, and other prizes. Hughes is an English language development teacher for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Amphitheater School District school. Manuel...

2008-10-11 09:00:21

By RHONDA BODFIELD CORRECTION RAN OCTOBER 9, 2008 A2 * A list accompanying "Schools get scores - and they're not pretty" Wednesday on A1 should have included Borton Primary Magnet School and Sahuarita Primary School as "excelling" schools. 31 fail to make the grade in Pima; 3 get 'failing' label The number of Pima County schools not meeting state standards has nearly tripled in two years - and three area schools are now "failing" after repeatedly missing standards. In 2006, 12 local...

2008-10-11 09:00:21

By RHONDA BODFIELD Tucson Unified School District officials are hoping taxpayers will be willing to pony up an additional $28 million a year in tax revenues so the district can shrink class sizes, expand arts programs and entice more teachers to take hard-to-fill jobs. But Proposition 403 has a lot of problems to overcome, chief among them questions about TUSD's ability to handle more money in the wake of accounting errors, asset losses and budget woes that forced major cuts and...

2008-10-10 09:00:42

By RHONDA BODFIELD Doolen kids learn business in math project Seventh-graders at a Midtown school were in full-scale business mode this week. Working from a mock invoice submitted by the math teacher at Doolen Middle School, students in the career and technical education class were building eight Canoga boards. Nothing fancy, the wooden boards are essentially an old gambling game in which players throw dice to see how many rolls it would take to eliminate numbers one through nine....

2008-09-27 09:00:13

By RHONDA BODFIELD Marie Curie probably wouldn't be impressed with the state's first results on the new AIMS science test. Although half of the state's fourth- and eighth-grade students passed the exam, that number dropped to 37 percent for ninth- and 10th-graders, according to scores released today. The local results were mixed. Most Catalina Foothills School District students mastered the test, with 71 percent of high school students passing. At bottom was the Sunnyside Unified...

2008-09-20 12:00:45

Our view: School-closures fiasco is one reason parents have decided to send hundreds of kids to other districts The Tucson Unified School District has lost roughly 1,400 students compared with a year ago. That's approximately the entire student body of Catalina Magnet High School. The loss comes after TUSD tried to lure families to district schools with an ad campaign last spring. It seems that putting up some billboards, television and radio ads for a few months couldn't compete against...

2008-09-19 09:00:32

By RHONDA BODFIELD The numbers are in, and the Tucson Unified School District is still losing students. Now that the dust has settled on the first weeks of school, the district on Thursday had 57,485 students, down about 1,400 students from this time last year, despite early numbers that indicated a slight uptick. "I think people just got sick of TUSD and all of the negative publicity," said Kim Grimes, a parent of twin fourth-grade boys at Corbett Elementary School, suggesting the...

2008-09-13 09:00:19

By RHONDA BODFIELD Virtual classrooms have pros, cons - and the trend has some harsh critics High school math teacher Dan Tucker no longer has to worry about whether this student's midriff is showing or that one can have bathroom privileges. And now, with his only commute being the one along the Internet's information superhighway, he has been known on occasion to work in his pajamas from his rural Catalina home. Meanwhile, while other students are groggily getting ready for morning...

2008-09-05 09:00:30

Our view: Moving educators to schools with more students makes sense and is fair; parents shouldn't be so myopic Watching the Tucson Unified School District is often like tuning in to Roseanne Rosanadana from Saturday Night Live: It's always something. If it's not one thing it's another. That's what came to mind when we heard about parents at Dunham Elementary School last week protesting the transfer of two teachers to other schools. "Save our teachers," they said. The parents are upset...

2008-08-23 09:00:40

By RHONDA BODFIELD Teachers at one elementary school in Tucson are about to start making house calls. Every parent with a child enrolled in Drachman Montessori Magnet School will get a personal home visit from a teacher by the end of the first quarter. The school year starts today at Drachman, 1085 S. 10th Ave., and at other Tucson Unified School District schools. "It's going to change things in a positive way," Principal Jesus Celaya said as he explained his new home-visit initiative...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.