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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. "Mixed Bag"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Administrative in Tucson, AZ
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Consistent Hours, good people to work with

    Cons

    Lack of Communication, inconsistent training, Resource and Technology issues

    Advice to Management

    Invest in Technology and pay Technology properly to get the outcomes that are desired

  3. "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


  4. "MS Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Some very good schools here.

    Cons

    Very large district. Poor discipline and management plan.


  5. "It's a Crap Shoot"

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    Current Employee - Library Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Library Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Helping kids. Diverse population. Many nice colleagues. Benefits start at 20 hours.

    Cons

    HR regularly ignores best interests of employees. Even worse, they ignore the law. The pay. The qulaity of your direct supervisor can make a lot a worse (or better, presumably).


  6. "Excellent place to grow"

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    Current Employee - Career & Technical Education Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Career & Technical Education Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many different departments, many different environments. Something for every working need.

    Cons

    Not all departments a year round. Teachers in Tucson are still not paid as much as they should be, and definatley not as much as they deserve.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  7. "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.

  8. "management"

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    Former Contractor - Organizational Professional in Tucson, AZ
    Former Contractor - Organizational Professional in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    steady work and a lot of time off due to school calendar

    Cons

    highly political and "old-style management by intimidation" philosophy (too many ex principals and teachers in corporate management roles)

    Advice to Management

    understand that managing a company is different than running a school


  9. "An Alright Temporary Part Time Job"

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    Current Employee - Community Education Activity Helper in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Community Education Activity Helper in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you like working with kids, it's a lot of fun. The hours are very flexible and it's a comfortable work environment. It allows me to be myself around the kids and be the best influence I can for them. Working with kids has both opened my mind towards working in general, as I previously thought I wouldn't be good with kids, and given me experience in working with various age groups, from kindergarten children to adults.

    Cons

    Being that my job isn't seen as essential to the district, I haven't really received an opportunity for a raise, and I know other people have had to work a long time(1yr+) doing what I do to get a pay raise. I have had this job for about 7 months and I've had multiple issues with payroll. I do this because I like it, but at the end of the day, it is a job, and I expect to be paid for what I'm doing just as promptly as I'm expected to provide my service.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Secondary School Administrator"

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

    I worked at Tucson Unified School District full-time

    Pros

    Terrific, hard-working staff members and wonderful students.

    Cons

    A long-standing spirit and record of dysfunction at the district level, including the governing board and district level leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Honest, I'd recommend taking a position at less money at a surrounding district.


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