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Attention Safford Community, we NEED your help!

Dr. Willis Hawley is the court-appointed special master of the TUSD Desegregation Lawsuit and is recommending that Safford K-8 Magnet School be demagnetized and stripped of its funding. This would cut over $878,000 to our school’s funding (65% of our students are magnet students and 25% of our teachers are funded through magnet funds)These funds are generated from Pima County tax dollars, our own property taxes. How do you want your money used? 

Why is International Baccalaureate so important to Safford K-8 Magnet School?

IBThe IB program has attracted 65% of our students to attend our school.  In other words, 519 students our of 791 are from the magnet program.

IBIB offers students a relevant and rigorous education.  It prepares them for what lies ahead; high school, college, and the world of work.  Every family wants that for their children!

IBIB is holistic.  It gives children the opportunity to learn art, physical education and health, a foreign language, and technology through design.  IB students receive a well-rounded education and not just in the four core areas of math, science, social studies and language arts.

IBBecause of IB, Safford teachers use a variety of student-centered instructional models to teach and focus upon the needs of students.  They offer students a culturally relevant curriculum.  Safford families want this for their children.

IBWhen students earn the IB diploma, doors open for them; not just to prestigious universities in this country, but from around the world!

IBWe are living in the 21st century. Teaching and learning must therefore happen with 21st century skills in mind.  IB is that and more!

IB“Our IB program is the strongest card in our hand.  It has become, more than anything else, what makes our school unique, attractive to families, academically rigorous, and relevant in our globally interdependent world. Why would someone want to take that away from us?  This effort can only backfire.  It is obvious that we face tremendous challenges but taking IB away would only serve to weaken our academics, make it even harder for us to raise measures of effectiveness and attract diverse populations.” --Mr. Erik Yoder, Safford K-8 teacher of 22 years

IBPlease read "Ok, Special Master, YOU Name the Latino Students My School Shouldn't Welcome" blog post by Mr. Sandy Merz, Safford teacher of 29 years.

Please help us maintain our magnet status and keep the funding that belongs to our students. We all believe in the Safford K-8 Magnet School International Baccalaureate Program.  Please call, write, and email the plaintiffs and court below expressing your support for Safford K-8 Magnet School to remain a Magnet Community School and maintain its funding.  Your voice makes a difference!  Thank you!

Counsel for the Mendoza Plaintiffs are:




634 S. Spring St., 11th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Telephone: (213) 629-2512 ext.121




2049 Century Park East, 32nd Floor

Los Angeles, California 90067-3206

Telephone: (310) 557-2900, Facsimile: (310) 557-2193

Counsel for the Fisher (African American class) Plaintiffs:

The Court:

Rubin Salter, Jr. -

177 North Church Avenue Suite 903

Tucson, Arizona 85701-1119

(520) 623-5706 (phone)



United States District Court

Evo A. DeConcini U.S. Courthouse

405 West Congress Street, Suite 6170

Tucson, AZ 85701-5065

Phone (520) 205-4530 

At Safford K-8 we are developing active, inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring lifelong learners who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

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Our Mission Here at Safford:

We learn and appreciate cultural perspectives by examining science, technology, history, language, music, and literature. We are active international citizens of this world. We make positive human connections through collaborative interactions. We show our care of each other, our environment and our future through engaging activities and critical thinking. We collaborate to solve problems while fostering a sense of community that extends out into Tucson and beyond.

200 East 13th St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 225-3000
Fax: (520) 225-3001