ACHIEVEMENT GAP WIDE BETWEEN WHITE AND MINORITY STUDENTS // BRECHA ANCHO ENTRE BLANCO Y ESTUDIANTES PERTENECIENTES A MINORÍAS

by Cesar Aguirre I guess it was no surprise to see this headline on the front page of Monday’s Star (7/13/2015). Read the story at: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/achievement-gap-wide-between-white-and-minority-students/article_8d13b21c-0671-56ee-a8e9-06f7cc8462f3.html I have been an outspoken advocate against standardized testing mainly for this reason, among many others, and it can get very frustrating knowing these facts and not being able toContinue reading “ACHIEVEMENT GAP WIDE BETWEEN WHITE AND MINORITY STUDENTS // BRECHA ANCHO ENTRE BLANCO Y ESTUDIANTES PERTENECIENTES A MINORÍAS”

POPE’S CHALLENGE TO THE RICH // EL PAPA NOS PIDE QUE PAREMOS LAS ACCIONES AUTODESTRUCTIVAS

by Brian Flagg An editorial from the most recent National Catholic Reporter (July 3-16, 2015) see: http://ncronline.org/blogs/eco-catholic/editorial-encyclical-pope-francis-issues-challenge-rich EL PAPA NOS PIDE QUE PAREMOS LAS ACCIONES AUTODESTRUCTIVAS por Raul Grijalva Visita: http://tucson.com/laestrella/noticias/el-papa-nos-pide-parar-las-acciones-autodestructivas/article_05001b24-e40f-522c-baaa-6b9a07005410.html

WELCOME ALICIA NUÑEZ // BIENVENIDA ALICIA NUÑEZ

We at Casa Maria are excited that a long time friend and supporter Alicia Nuñez is now working and living at Casa Maria, in the duplex on 26th street next to the Cesar Aguirre family. by Alicia Nuñez Hi my name is Alicia Nuñez. I was born in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. I’ve lived in theContinue reading “WELCOME ALICIA NUÑEZ // BIENVENIDA ALICIA NUÑEZ”

PROUD TO BE CATHOLIC ON THE 4TH OF JULY! // ¡ORGULLOSO DE SER CATÓLICO EN EL 4 DE JULIO!

by Brian Flagg I’m gonna celebrate by attending the 5:30 mass at Santa Cruz. I’m gonna give thanks and praise that I’m part of a church who’s head guy, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, actually talks and acts like Jesus or one of the prophets! See the article in today’s Star at: http://tucson.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/heeding-francis-iowa-catholic-leaders-to-pressure-field/article_3c51f00f-e786-51f0-b21b-08a98bb8adeb.html Yesterday in Iowa,Continue reading “PROUD TO BE CATHOLIC ON THE 4TH OF JULY! // ¡ORGULLOSO DE SER CATÓLICO EN EL 4 DE JULIO!”

TUCSON BUS RIDERS UNION NEWS-THE POSITIVE SPIN

by Brian Flagg, Approximately 30 of us from the Bus Riders Union, loud and proud, attended the emergency Transit Task Force meeting yesterday. Our presence there helped the Task Force vote to stop $458,000 of the proposed $1.1 million in cuts to 9 bus routes. Particularly disappointing was a 4-3 vote to reduce frequency onContinue reading “TUCSON BUS RIDERS UNION NEWS-THE POSITIVE SPIN”

MY BEEF WITH TESTING

by Cesar Aguirre Last night I was organizing things in my room when I ran across an article I was quoted in regarding standardized testing and parents’ right to opt-out http://tucson.com/news/local/education/more-parents-see-standardized-tests-as-harmful/article_489549a5-5dfa-5a7b-9324-1065d37866bc.html. The one thing I must say before I go on is that, despite what the title says, I am not against testing. I onlyContinue reading “MY BEEF WITH TESTING”

MY WEEKEND AT CASA MARIA

by Cesar (Big Cesar) Aguirre My usual weekend, going to Tucson from Ajo and helping out at Casa Maria when I can. This past weekend my son unexpectedly asked me to join him for a book study gathering at Brian’s. I was hesitant to go but I did anyway (my best move of the day).Continue reading “MY WEEKEND AT CASA MARIA”

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”

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”

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”