Eskildson: how Scottsdale Schools can and should move forward

The Scottsdale Unified School District has been in turmoil ever since hiring Denise Birdwell in January 2016. Fortunately, her CFO Laura Smith [...] Continue Reading →

Shortcomings of the SUSD ‘independent’ investigation

Scottsdale Unified School District recently retained Susan Segal of Gust & Rosenfeld to investigate allegations of impropriety involving [...] Continue Reading →

Eskildson: Birdwell tenure at Scottsdale Schools raises more questions than answers

Editor’s note: According to a letter received by the Independent Monday, Nov. 13 Mr. Robichaux is no longer employed at Hunt & Caraway [...] Continue Reading →

Eskildson: SUSD turnaround needs more than lip-service

Last week your Scottsdale Independent column belittled those “who do not have faith in what is being built, who cannot or who refuse to see what [...] Continue Reading →

Eskildson: the worst day I ever had

The worst day I every had was Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 because that was the day my youngest son, Lance, died due to an overdose. Lance was 36, had [...] Continue Reading →

Eskildson: Scottsdale Schools needs better focus on public achievement

The Scottsdale Unified School District is a mess. Pupil achievement scores have declined districtwide over the last decade — especially in [...] Continue Reading →

Eskildson: Scottsdale Schools score ‘below average’

Last Tuesday U.S. News and World Report released its 2017 rankings of America’s high schools. BASIS Scottsdale was No. 1 in the nation. [...] Continue Reading →

Eskildson: Scottsdale Schools finally addresses need for change

Last month the Scottsdale Unified School District finally addressed the need for change. Hopefully that will lead to a timely end to nearly a [...] Continue Reading →

Eskildson: every Scottsdale child should have access to a world-class education

Every American child should have access to a world-class education that allows him/her to successfully compete against those in all other [...] Continue Reading →

Eskildson: SUSD ‘leaders’ put incompetent teachers over pupils

Scottsdale Unified School District’s leaders worry that a teacher might erroneously be misclassified as ‘ineffective.’ So do I. I also worry [...] Continue Reading →