Category Education

If I had my way

  If you didn’t already know Cesar Aguirre AKA Ceaze, who lives and works at Casa Maria with his two daughters, is also a rapper. But he doesn’t waste his talent rapping about nonsense, or glorifying drugs, alcohol and violence. He uses his talent to spread messages that matter, messages that impact the community. He […]

Stegeman and the Attack of MAS

By Sarah Launius I got this mailer delivered to my home recently. My first thought was: Why would anyone want to bring attention to the fact that Michael Hicks thinks you’re a great board member? And then as I actually read the excerpts from Hicks and Carolyn Cox it made much more sense. The mailer is really […]

What’s the “CHANGE” being offered?

By Cesar Aguirre There’s been so much negative talk about TUSD leading to the election that it’s been hard for our barrio to make sense of what we hear in the news and what we’ve experienced. I know Michael Hicks goes on right-wing radio and calls Superintendent Sanchez “King Sanchez” – suggesting that he rules […]

TUSD Candidate Forum – School Closures

We asked candidates: Do you believe closing and consolidating schools is a practical approach to addressing a budget shortfall and will you protect the over $1 million in Magnet funding that South and West Side schools receive? ¿Creés que la clausura y combinación de escuelas es una estrategia práctica para abordar una escasez presupuestal y […]

RAZA Beware! / Raza, ¡tengan cuidado!

By Brian Flagg Someone I know saw this at a southside yard. The point is that Mark Stegeman and Betts Putnam-Hidalgo are working hand-in-hand with Republican Margaret Burkholder and wealthy Republicans such as Jim Click. He and others have raised $35,000 to fund a so-called independent committee whose focus is to change the school board. […]


by Cesar Aguirre It seems things are getting interesting in the TUSD governing board elections. Last week I wrote a piece titled TO REALLY UNDERSTAND TUSD BOARD ELECTION READ DAVID SAFIER, NOT JUST DAILY STAR because I feel that the mainstream media does a poor job in covering this years elections. I’ve been following the KGUN 9 News […]

TUSD Board Candidate Forum, V1

On Thursday, October 13, the seven candidates running for the three TUSD seats on the November ballot attended a Casa Maria forum held at the Capilla de Guadalupe. We asked them to introduce themselves and to share what they have done for the southside. Here’s what they had to say.