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Judge blocks Arizona from enforcing 'invidious' law against TUSD MAS classes

A federal judge has permanently blocked Arizona from enforcing a controversial 2010 law that targeted TUSD's ethnic studies classes. An August ruling found the law was unconstitutional, and "enacted and enforced with a discriminatory purpose" by state politicians, "motivated by a desire to advance a political agenda by capitalizing on race-based fears."... Read more»

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Arizona wrongly distributed $62M in federal aid for poor students

The Arizona Department of Education was alerted in March 2015 that it was improperly distributing federal funds intended to help low-income students, but didn’t undertake serious efforts to identify and fix the problem until early 2017.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

How Arpaio, Ethnic Studies & Confederacy illuminate the Right's racial issue

Confederate monuments, Mexican American studies and Joe Apraio's pardon together illuminate why it's not just in our heads that the Right gets into trouble on race. The double standards are hard to miss.... Read more»

Judge: Law barring TUSD's ethnic studies unconstitutional, motivated by racism

A federal judge Tuesday found that a controversial 2010 Arizona law that targeted TUSD's ethnic studies classes is unconstitutional, and "enacted and enforced with a discriminatory purpose" by state politicians, "motivated by a desire to advance a political agenda by capitalizing on race-based fears."... Read more»

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

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»

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

Superintendent candidates present different visions for Common Core

The two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction have strikingly different visions for the future of the Common Core State Standards in Arizona.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

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»

McSally wins, Ducey takes GOP gov nod, Huppenthal & Horne ousted

CD2 candidate Martha McSally won the GOP primary Tuesday, while in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Doug Ducey was easily leading the crowded field. Incumbent schools chief John Huppenthal was losing at 42 percent, as was incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne with 46 percent.... Read more»5

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»

State looks to O’Connor House for help teaching Az kids civics

As expectations for reading, writing and math have increased, emphasis on civic awareness among Arizona students has dropped, according to the state’s top education official.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Should Az extend school year by 20 days?

The Monday Political Face-off with commentators John Munger and Vince Rabago, plus an interview with John Huppenthal, Arizona superintendent of public instruction, and Dr. Robert Hendricks, Buckmaster contributor on education.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Require CPR training for junior high, high school students

SB 1337, authored by Sen. Barbara McGuire, D-Kearny, has won endorsements from the Senate Appropriation Committee and Senate Education Committee. The measure would require public schools and charter schools to have each student receive CPR training at least once between seventh and 12th grades.... Read more»

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