Bravo to TUSD Board Member Kristel Foster

By Brian Flagg, Bravo to TUSD Board Member Kristel Foster for her heartfelt, courageous and confrontational (in an extremely positive way) letter to the editor (Star, 2-15-2015). http://tucson.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-to-the-editor/article_6e9438b4-70b6-5639-be2b-25a171936fb5.html If you missed it, she calls out fellow board member Mike Hicks for his support of SB1371, which would eliminate $64 from the district. He isn’t theContinue reading “Bravo to TUSD Board Member Kristel Foster”

THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH AND WHAT THE RESEARCH SUPPORTS

Special thanks to the Tucson Children’s Project, Mimi Gray, Pauline Baker, Ben Mardel, Teresa Acevedo, and especially Lella Gandini of Reggio Emilia, Italy for making this all possible. by Cesar Aguirre As an avid supporter of public education and an extremely involved parent at Ochoa Elementary, I have done a lot of research and studiedContinue reading “THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH AND WHAT THE RESEARCH SUPPORTS”

A LETTER TO SYLVIA CAMPOY

 February 10, 2015 Dear Sylvia, Thanks for coming to Casa Maria. I think we fundamentally disagree with you on some main themes, but talking with you and Terry Higuera really helped us think about desegregation and how we as parents and the larger community can move forward to advocate and organize for a more justContinue reading “A LETTER TO SYLVIA CAMPOY”

Contrary to what you might read in the newspaper, IT’S A NEW DAY IN TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT-

By Brian Flagg, There is now a new three person board majority that replaced Superintendant John Pedicone with a new Superintendent, H.T. Sanchez. H.T. has provided a new type of leadership. He has spearheaded a pay rise for teachers, reduced class size, aggressively defended the Culturally Relevant Curriculum from new attacks from the North, andContinue reading “Contrary to what you might read in the newspaper, IT’S A NEW DAY IN TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT-“

WELCOME OCHOA ELEMENTARY’S NEW PRINCIPAL JULIO MORENO

The South Tucson and Ochoa community have organized over the years to improve the the community and keep the schools in our barrio open. We continue to organize today to improve the quality of education for our barrio youth. Due to this work the parents have been successful in working with Tucson Unified School DistrictContinue reading “WELCOME OCHOA ELEMENTARY’S NEW PRINCIPAL JULIO MORENO”

MARIAS’ MAGNIFICAT, MY FAVORITE BIBLE PASSAGE, IS TODAY’S GOSPEL READING!

by Brian Flagg, The Magnificat (Luke 1, 46-56) And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my savior; because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid. Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me.Continue reading “MARIAS’ MAGNIFICAT, MY FAVORITE BIBLE PASSAGE, IS TODAY’S GOSPEL READING!”

IN DEFENSE OF AUGIE ROMERO

by Cesar Aguirre On the second page of today’s Daily Star (12/2/14) the headline reads, “State reviewing TUSD on Mexican American Studies”. This is because Augustine Romero was baited into an argument over whether or not Mexican American Studies had returned to TUSD in the form of a federally required Culturally Relevant Curriculum (CRC) thatContinue reading “IN DEFENSE OF AUGIE ROMERO”

READ THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL WITH CASA MARIA!

Yo, fellow fans of Papa Francisco! Read and discuss and be energized by his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, with Casa Maria, on Thursdays, from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm, starting Thursday, Oct. 16. Lunch (hopefully better than a Casa Maria bag lunch!) will be provided. Here is the schedule: Thursday Oct.16 – TheContinue reading “READ THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL WITH CASA MARIA!”

END THE DESEGREGATION LAWSUIT NOW!

We at Casa Maria, along with others, are seriously contemplating undertaking a campaign to defend our schools that would look like this: To: The Plaintiffs (especially Sylvia Campoy) and the lawyers (MALDEF and Ruben Salter) END THE DESEGREGATION LAWSUIT NOW! The federal judge says that Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) needs to comply with theContinue reading “END THE DESEGREGATION LAWSUIT NOW!”