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?
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.
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
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
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.
students earn the IB diploma, doors open for
them; not just to prestigious universities in
this country, but from around the world!
are living in the 21st century. Teaching and
learning must therefore happen with 21st century
skills in mind. IB is that and more!
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
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
JUAN RODRIGUEZ -
THOMAS A. SAENZ
634 S. Spring
St., 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA
LOIS D. THOMPSON
Park East, 32nd
177 North Church
Avenue Suite 903
Evo A. DeConcini