Tucson Unified School District Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Challenging, but serving needy youth

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    Current Employee - Counselor
    Current Employee - Counselor

    I have been working at Tucson Unified School District

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Substitute teaching is a good introduction to a career track job, but not good for permanent employment

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher

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

    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

    Recommends
  3. 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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  5. Working for a dysfunctional school district

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Tusd

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    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)

    Pros

    Colleagues, school spirit, grading days.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember us, please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. TUSD is a top heavy district with decisions made from those far away from the classroom.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Children

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    Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great staff members and really nice people

    Cons

    In the city, some of the meanest children. One threatened to throw a chair at me because I asked him to clean up!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expulsion needs to be brought back in those classrooms, or at least some way to make the children behave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Total CHAOS! Rules are not worth the paper they are written in.

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO

    I worked at Tucson Unified School District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many nice, well-meaning people work there who have the best interests of students at heart.

    Cons

    If you don't work 10 hours a day, you're an "ineffective" teacher; yet, students come in late every single day with no consequences!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to be more visible and set up structure, rules, and policies that will behoove everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Teachers are not valued

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    If you like being underpaid and overworked this is the place for you.

    Cons

    No respect for personal time, no supplies, crowded classrooms, sped students not properly placed, no support, everything put on teachers` shoulders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Students and families enroll their children in classes not because of the principal/ administration but because of the teacher`s legacy. Stop abusing teachers. How come teachers who were "underperforming" in your district are highly performing in well reputable schools and high ranking U.S. schools? Check statistics on your former employees and you will be surprised. Advice to management assess your competency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Going to miss the kids

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tucson Unified School District

    Pros

    Loved working with the children

    Cons

    Not too flexible. Was told something that was not correct.

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