Tucson Unified School District

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Tucson Unified School District Reviews in Tucson, AZ

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    TUSD

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    The majority of teachers are dedicated and enjoy their work. They will spend out of pocket and are committed to the education of their students. I don't think TUSD is any better or worse than the majority of schools in similar situations.

    Cons

    TUSD has a large minority population and a poor economic background. 80% of success is usually predetermined by geographic region. The influx of charter schools has severely crippled the educational institution. There is less money to share and more choice for the students. This means students have the power and go to schools that will give out diplomas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be a third party organization that conducts audits for all public schools and online providers. Limitations on the number of schools would drastically reduce redundancy and increase standards. Unfortunately, the system is at fault for the vast majority of problems in the public school system. It is unlikely to be solved without outside intervention.

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    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
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    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
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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    When a site is good it is very very good but when it is bad....

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    Former Employee - V Yrs As Sub Teacher, V As Custodian in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - V Yrs As Sub Teacher, V As Custodian in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Have worked at schools throughout the district it is only fair to say that the quality of a site is completely dependent on administration. Sadly, the tired indifferent paper shufflers seem to far out number the leaders and motivators. There are some amazing principals but often their hands are tired by district politics. The majority of the teachers I have met are dedicated and care deeply for their students.

    Cons

    My overall experience is that in most TUSD sites, all you have to do is the bare minimum. mediocre employees rarely lose their jobs but simply get moved to a new site. There is often very little accountability on the day to day. As a substitute teacher it was not uncommon for me to go through an entire day with no interaction or checks from any of the staff, outside of getting let into my classroom at the start of the day. As a custodian, it is only the pride in one's own work that determines any real quality. It is very easy to put about three hours of effort into an 8 hour shift and have no to little repercussion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A stagnate site is as much as a warning sign as one full of complaints. Create a check system that allows employees to evaluate and provide feedback that does not have to move through their peers and immediate administration

    Doesn't Recommend
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    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 10 years)

    Pros

    My current site has a wonderful administrator who really follows through and is a strong leader. We use data to drive instruction and are given plenty of excellent professional development to support this. We are also given time to meet in teams to plan together, review student data and plan interventions.

    Cons

    Many people who have difficulty with doing their job properly are just moved to a new site. Nothing is done about poor administrators in my experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a mentorship program for administrators who are not doing their jobs adequately.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A large school district that is trying its best....

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    Former Employee - AVID Tutor in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - AVID Tutor in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Tucson Unified School District part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as an AVID tutor at a low income school. The amount of money I earned hourly was great. It was rewarding working with the kids and being able to help them reach their goals

    Cons

    It was a bit disorganized. At times, I wasn't even sure who my superior was.... I simply reported to the teachers instead... I really wish that the AVID program was a bit more structured within the district.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more organized!

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unstable work environment, large teacher turnover

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated teachers and classified staff.

    Cons

    Ongoing school closures make for an unstable work environment, low pay for teachers and classified staff, no raises for the last 5 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be loyal to your long time employees, take periodic climate surveys that do not go through site or central administration, implement employee suggestions that save money and stay focused on school site successes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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