Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Arizona Students Adjusting To Loss Of Hispanic Studies Class

The Los Angeles Times (1/13, Ceasar) reports that students in Tucson, Arizona can no longer "discuss Chicano perspectives on history. And no longer can [teachers] teach Mexican American studies. After the Tucson Unified School District board voted late Tuesday to suspend the controversial classes to avoid losing more than $14 million in state aid, the students' world shifted." The piece notes that Arizona law "bans classes that are primarily designed for a particular ethnic group or that 'promote resentment toward a race or class of people.' Last week, state Supt. of Public Instruction John Huppenthal ruled the Tucson program in violation."

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