Pam Mason

Pam Mason 3 months ago on Charter schools effectively segregate

The State does not consider ALA to be a "private" school. I would be researching the heck out of this idea. Check if teachers hired are credentialed, charter school teachers don't have to be. Look at Arizona State Board of Charter Schools website and review ALA Academic Performance Dashboards. Not all ALA schools report academic standards. Are standards compared to non charter schools? Ascertain if they allow Parent Teachers Associations. Find out teacher turnover over a period of two years. Take into account that new schools can take approximately three years to settle down. Glad my children are grown.


Pam Mason 3 months ago on 666 It's Your Call. Murderer with "unescorted visits?"

My opinion. The UK reeks of Political Correctness! They can’t be too tough on the prisoners, just allow them outside visits or place them into open prisons. The powers to be have gone soft in the head. EU is clearly dictating what they can and can’t do under cover of Human Rights. Churchill must be turning in his grave! Don’t even think about having a weapon to defend yourself. I am so very grateful to be here in the US as a naturalized citizen, pray we don't follow in their footsteps.


Pam Mason 3 months ago on 668 It's Your Call. Should cities, towns, and counties be able to count illegals?

Pat, this is a quote from ACC website. Questions frequently asked. Do I have to give my social security number? You do not have to give your social security number to establish service. However, if the company is not able to retrieve sufficient credit information without your social security number, a deposit may be required.

You can ask APS your question online, form does not ask for SSN.


Pam Mason 3 months, 1 week ago on 699 It's Your Call. ALA: the real question parents need to ask.

Back when I was ten years old I experienced a teacher that was not even remotely qualified to teach. Somehow or other paperwork citing his false credentials got through. End result not one of us in his class passed a critical nationwide test and he ended up working as a railway porter. Nothing against railway porters you understand, but it was a setback and of course no explanations were offered. Back in those days no one questioned the school or believed complaints from the kids :-(


Pam Mason 3 months, 1 week ago on 699 It's Your Call. ALA: the real question parents need to ask.

"Does ALA teach the same subjects, at the same level, as PUSD?" Part of this should include "are all teachers qualified to teach the same subjects, at the same level, as PUSD"

Quote: "Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016 10:22 am

Florence teacher fined for leaving mid-year By MARK COWLING, Staff Writer Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc. FLORENCE — A local high school teacher who resigned mid-year is being charged damages for a contract violation. The Florence Unified School District Governing Board last week approved a recommendation to report the teacher to the state Board of Education for unprofessional conduct

Joseph Reed, an algebra teacher at Florence High School, resigned effective Dec. 14. He was informed that failure to fulfill his contract would be unprofessional conduct and the district’s Human Resources Department would ask the board’s permission to file a report with the state board’s Investigative Unit and sanction his teaching certificate. He was also informed that $1,500 in liquidated damages would apply.

Reed said he understood the district’s position but said American Leadership Academy, where he has taken a job, did not require a teaching certificate and had offered to pay the liquidated damages, according to a staff report to the school board"


Pam Mason 3 months, 2 weeks ago on 660 It's Your Call. Will illegals affect German thinking?

As is widely reported in the Washington Post and elsewhere, many of the migrants are neither Syrian nor refugees, but hope to blend in with mass migration and get a back door into the West.

"It should come as no surprise that many migrants seem to be pretending they are someone else. The prize, after all, is the possibility of benefits, residency and work in Europe.

It is common knowledge on the migratory route that some who are not from Syria shred their real passports in Turkey and simply fake it"


Pam Mason 3 months, 2 weeks ago on 660 It's Your Call. Will illegals affect German thinking?

German people are beginning to speak out and some regional elections will be held in six weeks. Angela Merkel is beginning to lose support.

Reuters 2/1/16

Chancellor Angela Merkel is under increasing pressure to reduce the numbers of migrants reaching Germany and voters are increasingly doubtful that the state can tackle the refugee crisis, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Monday.

The comments by Schaeuble, a senior member in Merkel's cabinet and respected veteran in her center-right bloc, show growing concern among ruling politicians only six weeks before regional elections in three federal states.

More than one million migrants streamed into Germany last year, and some regions have complained that they are being overwhelmed. Concerns about crime have also mounted after men of north African and Arab appearance assaulted women in Cologne.

Speaking at a panel in the western city of Duesseldorf, Schaeuble said it was "evident" that the pressure on Merkel in the refugee crisis was bigger now than it was eight months ago.

"There are growing doubts in parts of the population that state institutions are able to master this," he warned, adding this scepticism was likely to shake up the political landscape and new parties were set to enter more regional parliaments.

Support for the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has jumped amid the deepening public unease over Merkel's open-door policy for refugees from Syria and elsewhere.

"I expect a stronger diversification (of the party spectrum)," Schaeuble said regarding the elections in the western states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate as well as in Saxony-Anhalt in the east on March 13.

Merkel has promised to "measurably reduce" arrivals this year, but has refused to introduce a cap, saying it would be impossible to enforce without closing German borders.

Instead, she has tried to convince European partners to take on quotas of refugees, pushed for reception centers to be built on Europe's external borders, and led an EU campaign to convince Turkey to keep refugees from entering the bloc.

But progress has been slow and EU officials have warned time is running out to agree on and also implement a joint approach before Europe's Schengen system of borderless travel - and with it a corner piece of European integration - collapses.

(Reporting by Matthias Inverardi; Writing by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Mark Heinrich)


Pam Mason 3 months, 2 weeks ago on SCAM

Unwanted phone calls. It is often a dead give away when noise can be heard in the background indicating that it is a boiler room operation, with employees making numerous calls in order to scam people. If I don't recognize the number I don't answer and let it go to the answering machine. If it is someone I know then they will start to leave a message. I have been blocking quite a few calls lately and it is early in the election cycle. Oh joy!


Pam Mason 3 months, 2 weeks ago on SCAM

AG Brnovich Issues IRS Phone Scam Alert (10/15/2015)

Phoenix, AZ – Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a scam alert today warning of an ongoing and very aggressive telephone scam that appears to be intensifying in Arizona. Approximately 70 IRS telephone scam complaints were filed with the Attorney General’s Office last month. The IRS phone scam mainly targets seniors. Scammers pose as agents with the Internal Revenue Service or the US Treasury Department. Victims are threatened with arrest if they don’t make an immediate payment for taxes or fines owed.

“These con-artists are using scare tactics to rip off some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Arizonans need to remember the IRS will never call you and demand immediate payment."

(I already blocked two such calls in the last week.)