Tucson Unified School District

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Updated June 15, 2015
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  1. Administrative Office Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Tucson Unified School District

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work hours: M-F; weekends off. Opportunity to learn how school administration functions.

    Cons

    No salary increases for several years; budget cuts every year; job future uncertainty due to budget cuts. No advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your support staff for their contributions and offer incentives to remain with the district, despite the fact that salary increases are non-existent.


  2. It's Education

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tucson Unified School District full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    some good teachers and students

    Cons

    low pay and horrible salary scale


  3. monitor I watch the children

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Monitor in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Monitor in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Tucson Unified School District part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I love my job I enjoy working with children they bring out the best in me. You can take care of them and give them love that they sometimes don't get at home.

    Cons

    The hours are not the best. The teachers can be hard to work with and get along with. The food is not the best

    Advice to Management

    Do not have any advice for this question.


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  5. Challenging, but serving needy youth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor
    Current Employee - Counselor

    I have been working at Tucson Unified School District

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Typically a fun environment when working with kids.

    Cons

    Pay is not wonderful and constant education budget cuts make for an unstable job forecast.

    Advice to Management

    Increasing the work-life balance and morale would be great. Sometimes administrators are only focused on work completion at high standards.


  6. Teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Tucson Unified School District full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros to working here.

    Cons

    Disrespect
    Paychecks are never correct
    Promised paid training, money never came which happens almost always.
    Students can physically assault you and no one will help you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop defending your students and stand up for you teachers.


  7. Substitute teaching is a good introduction to a career track job, but not good for permanent employment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher

    I worked at Tucson Unified School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Plenty of calls for substitute teaching, a lot of long term, full year teaching assignments, able to take time off during semester

    Cons

    no health insurance, no pay raises with seniority


  8. teacher

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tucson Unified School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    the kids and fellow teachers

    Cons

    frequent changes in administration at the top made for inconsistency and frustration among the staff and the community

    Advice to Management

    Go visit the schools - a lot. Acknowledge, encourage and work to maintain the many things are that are being done right.


  9. Working for a dysfunctional school district

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Tucson Unified School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many individual schools are good places to work. There are some small schools giving the opportunity for work colleagues to get to know one another and help each other out. Parents are supportive and appreciate teachers.

    Cons

    Teaching in this district is frustrating since so little of the budget is allocated to the classroom, about 47% Additionally, teaching is managed. Every decision about the classroom is made at the district level, with very little authority given to the principal, much less the teachers. The test scores a great priority, while at the same time given a bare bones school budget.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus in the classroom when making decisions and allocating money.


  10. Tusd

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Tucson Unified School District full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Colleagues, school spirit, grading days.

    Cons

    Classroom size, immaturity, cleanliness(?), direction.

    Advice to Management

    Remember us, please.


  11. TUSD is a top heavy district with decisions made from those far away from the classroom.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Tucson Unified School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    TUSD is a large district with most of the schools located in neighborhoods that support their local school. There are many opportunities for teachers to get varied experiences such as teaching in neighborhood schools or larger urban schools.

    Cons

    TUSD is a top heavy organization, where most of the decisions are made far from the classroom. The difference between administrative salaries and teacher salaries is wide. District level administrative salaries are given priority over teacher compensation; contributing to the high turn over of classroom teachers.

    Advice to Management

    District level leadership must invest in the classroom teachers in the form of compensation, shared decision making and should hold administrators accountable for their performance beyond the test scores of the school.



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