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9th Circuit upholds parts of TUSD ethnic studies ban

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld much of the controversial Arizona law that targeted TUSD's Mexican American Studies program. The three-judge panel ordered the case back to district court for a hearing on whether the law is discriminatory.... Read more»9

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Douglas: No cuts - yet - over TUSD Ethnic Studies

State schools chief Diane Douglas will not cut the budget of TUSD over allegations that its Ethnic Studies program violates Arizona law, she said Tuesday. The state will continue to monitor the district's culturally relevant courses, she said. TUSD faced a possible 10 percent cut to its state funding —about $14 million.... Read more»

Douglas: Arizona's 'state of education is poor'

Diane Douglas delivered her State of Education speech Wednesday in Phoenix. The state schools chief didn't directly address Arizona's crisis in education funding, but declared that the "current state of education in Arizona is poor." ... Read more»1

Sanchez 'confident' TUSD and state can reach agreement on ethnic studies

TUSD superintendent H.T. Sanchez said he is confident that the district and the Arizona Department of Education can find a fix for ethnic studies programs after a meeting Wednesday with newly installed state head of public education Diane Douglas. ... Read more»

Outgoing Az schools chief: TUSD ethnic studies classes violate law

In his final business day in office, the lame-duck head of public education in Arizona fired one last shot at Tucson Unified School District's ethnic studies program. John Huppenthal declared Friday that the district could lose 10 percent of its funding if it does not comply with state law.... Read more»3

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No Mas Huppenthal/Horne burritos to swallow

The Republican primary election is over. The good news is that the Arizona Republican Party said "no mas" to Attorney General Tom Horne and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, the main opponents of Tucson's Mexican American Studies program.... Read more»

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

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

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»

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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»

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