As I reflect upon my time as superintendent of Tucson Unified School District, I want to first express my appreciation for the opportunity to serve the Tucson community in a way that is only possible by meeting the significant challenges we faced over the past few years.
Tucson Unified School District is confronting a $17 million budget shortfall caused by declining enrollment, fewer school-age families within district boundaries, school choice, escalating maintenance costs, eliminating the current 1-cent sales tax and continued reductions in state funding. …
It is no secret that Tucson Unified School District has encountered significant challenges over the past several years. The year ahead will not be different. The district is facing a $17 million deficit in 2013-14, which will require that difficult decisions be made.
Over the past several months Tucson Unified School District has been featured in local and national news. Much of that focus has been on the Mexican American Studies program and the decision by the Governing Board to suspend classes in response to the court upholding the state superintendent…
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It is fair to say the situation that occurred at last Tuesday
evening's TUSD Governing Board meeting has caused this school
Recently, the Tucson Unified School District Board made the
decision to implement a "turnaround" model of intervention at both
Rincon and Palo Verde high schools.
When I saw the results of Tuesday's school elections, I do not
think I was alone in my surprise at the outcomes in a number of
districts, especially those that traditionally have been successful
in passing such budget initiatives.
Over the past several weeks you could not pick up a newspaper or
turn on a news program without being touched by stories of
individuals who are facing financial ruin or organizations that
have become victims of a financial system gone mad.