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Tucson Unified School District Teacher Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  • Low pay, little respect for teachers (in 3 reviews)

  • 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 (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "TUSD review"

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    Former Employee - Music Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Music Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The teachers, administration, and staff are some of the most dedicated that I've ever seen.

    Cons

    Huge district, little budget. A lot of schools have closed and classroom sizes have grown. Transient district with students being able to move freely from one school to another at any point in time during the year; stable classrooms difficult to come by.


  2. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tucson Unified School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The kids are great and make it worth while. Hours

    Cons

    Lacking tools to do job effectively

    Advice to Management

    Budget more creatively

  3. "Loved working with the students and staff."

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    Former Contractor - Teacher, Elementary School in Tucson, AZ
    Former Contractor - Teacher, Elementary School in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tucson Unified School District as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The students and staff were great to work with. I loved working with the students and making a difference in their lives.

    Cons

    The district didn't seem to value their teachers. One example was when they asked all the teachers to remove the microwaves and mini fridges from their classrooms to save on money. It's like they didn't understand how much time the teachers actually spend in their classrooms instead of taking their full lunch in the lounge. They also always seem to want to change the curriculum which causes a lot of extra prep time and training time for the teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Have seasoned teachers be a part of an Advisory Board before making decisions that affect the teachers across the district.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tucson Unified School District full-time

    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.


  5. "Tusd"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Remember us, please.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Children"

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    Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Teachers are not valued"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "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 Management

    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.