TUSD dropped their National School Board Association membership over a year ago. District insiders report that they are unaware that the district has rejoined the organization. Despite this, travel records indicate that the district spent monies to send Dr Pedicone to the organization’s national conference which is known by experienced educators has an opportunity to see old friends and spend money on new fangled educational gadgets and fads. The NSBA never fails to show every attendee a good time…
National School Boards Association Annual Conference
San Francisco, California
$1,548.81 Out of State Travel
NSBA conference “included hundreds of sessions focused on federal legislation, legal implications of recent federal court decisions on school policies, strategies to maximize district budgets, ideas and advice for implementing 21st century skills, and best practices for saving money and raising achievement.”
“You won’t want to miss the 2011 NSBA Exhibit Hall, which will feature the return of popular areas such as the Health and Wellness Pavilion, Energy Smart Avenue, and Music Main Street USA. The NSBA Marketplace is now in its fifth year at the exposition, where you will be able to buy and take home products from those exhibitors located within the Marketplace. Be sure to carve out time each day to visit the hall and meet with over 300 companies offering products and services that can improve and save your school district money today! The exhibit hall is closed during General Session, so you won’t have to make any decisions about whether to listen to today’s top speakers or see the latest and greatest products and services in the K-12 education market…you’ll have plenty of time to do both! You have 12 hours to visit the exhibitors with 6 hours of exclusive exhibit time built in; be sure to bring along your Expo card to enable the companies to send you additional information.”
“Chartwells School Dining Services is the official sponsor of the 2011 Health & Wellness Pavilion and will be offering yummy cooking demonstrations. REMO, Inc., will also be featuring their popular Health Rhythms drumming circle at the Pavilion. While there, be sure to stop by the Relaxation Station and get a free massage! Tickets are available at the Chartwells booth #701.”
Governing Board member Judy Burns complains almost every meeting about the State’s meager funding. That lack of funding has not seemed to crimp the district staff travel spending. Board members did not have travel expenses listed for the months April through June.
TUSD spends more on administration than any other school district in the state of Arizona. Fewer dollars make their way into TUSD classrooms. Teachers complain of not having materials and books for their classrooms, yet from April to June staff spent over $270,000. While staff travels the globe, from Korea to Canada, and California to Florida, the kids and many TUSD teachers have fewer and fewer classroom necessities.
68 were TUSD schools, failed to make “Adequate Yearly Progress” this past school year.
Previously published in the Tucson Citizen