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Horne vows to continue 'crusade' vs. Ethnic Studies

During a border security town hall, Arizona AG Tom Horne told the crowd that he would continue to battle against TUSD’s Mexican American Studies program. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was there to support Horne’s bid for reelection and ‘answer questions about illegal immigration or President Obama.’... Read more»5

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John Huppenthal gets schooled

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal decided he was going to be a not-so smartass under the cover of Internet pseudonymity. The Arizona schools chief made some pretty deplorable comments about minorities and low income people on Arizona political blogs.... Read more»

Texas opts for compromise on Ethnic Studies classes

Activist groups rallied in support of adding Mexican American Studies as an official Texas high school elective ahead of State Board of Education meetings this week. But at least one board member suggested the likelihood is slim.... Read more»

Texas looking at Mexican-American Studies classes

Supporters of adding Mexican-American studies as an official Texas high school course say time is running out for the State Board of Education to approve the class for next school year.... Read more»

TUSD posts culturally relevant history, gov't outlines

Tucson Unified School District posted curriculum for court-mandated culturally relevant history and government courses Friday. The district is accepting public comments on the 11th and 12th-grade class outlines through Aug. 8.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: New TUSD leader faces huge challenges

The Friday Focus spotlighted Tucson Unified School District Superintendent H.T. Sanchez. Then, the Reporters’ Roundtable featured Dylan Smith of TucsonSentinel.com and Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News. Plus, Inside Tucson Business food and beverage columnist Matt Russell with the Weekend Watch.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Pima Animal Care Center needs your help

Tucson DUI attorney Jim Nesci, Democratic state Rep. Andrea Dalessandro (LD2), Tucson Weekly writer Jim Nintzel, and Barbara Brown, chairwoman of the Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare... Read more»

TUSD posts plans for 'culturally relevant' literature courses

TUSD posted Monday curriculum outlines for “culturally relevant” literature classes that are required under a court-ordered desegregation plan. The district is taking public comments on the course plans until July 8. History and government course standards will be posted next month, officials said.... Read more»1

TUSD sup't finalist video: 'No silver bullets' to fix education

Full video: H.T. Sanchez, the sole finalist for TUSD superintendent, answered questions at length at a public forum Wednesday night, speaking for two hours before an audience of about 90 at Catalina High. Sanchez gave his take on issues facing the district, including qualified support for Mexican American studies, a rejection of guns in schools, and a willingness to grapple with charter schools.... Read more»1

TUSD delays public look at multi-cultural classes, but curriculum leaked

TUSD abandoned an announced deadline to release the drafts for public comment Friday, but a source has leaked the documents to TucsonSentinel.com. The 200 pages, spread across 11 documents, outline proposals for the district’s revamp of ethnic studies courses. A court-ordered desegregation program is supposed to begin this fall, but planning is months behind schedule.... Read more»

TUSD Sup't Pedicone announces resignation

John Pedicone, the superintendent of the Tucson Unified School District, announced his resignation Wednesday. Pedicone, who has led the district since 2010, has faced criticism for his handling of the state’s challenge to TUSD’s ethnic studies program, and opposition to school closures and other measures proposed to fill a budget hole.... Read more»6

Judge: Most of anti-Ethnic Studies law stands

A federal judge has upheld most of an Arizona law that targeted Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program, saying the measure does not infringe on freedom of speech or place unconstitutional burdens on school curriculum.... Read more»4

Guest opinion

Romero: TUSD inequities should prompt public input

The quality of our education system is critical to our children’s future as well as the economic, cultural, and social success of our region. As Nelson Mandela once said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” It is with this in mind that I share with you some information regarding the Tucson Unified School District and changes pending in our local system.... Read more»1

Supporters pushing TUSD's ethnic studies revival

Supporters of the TUSD’s Mexican American Studies curriculum banned by a 2010 state law see potential for reviving the program or something similar in an update to a desegregation plan set for review by a federal court.... Read more»2

Tucson Unified School District

Disagreements remain as special master files TUSD deseg plan

Despite months of court-ordered negotiations led by a special master, there remains much contention over Tucson Unified School District’s desegregation programs. Parties to lawsuits first filed in 1974 and the district filed their objections to a “Unitary Status Plan” also filed Friday. (complete documents)... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Grijalva discusses boycott, budget & MAS

An interview with U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, plus the Reporters’ Roundtable, and Matt Russell with the Weekend Watch.... Read more»

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