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State: TUSD to lose 10% of funding over ethnic studies

Schools chief orders retroactive withholding

TUSD will lose 10 percent of its state funding until it complies with a law that essentially bans its ethnic studies program, state schools chief John Huppenthal announced Friday. He ordered the district's funding withheld retroactively to Aug. 15.
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Jan 6, 2012, 1:18 pm
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Good story. Well-written. But, the content isn’t surprising. We all saw this coming.

What I would like the next step to be is to correct the terrible wrong that MAS, or any class even, can be taken in place of American History. The very notion that kids are receiving High School diplomas without having to complete American History is nothing short of lunacy.

Jan 6, 2012, 6:55 pm
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Great idea!  Take away a school system’s funding over an exemplary program designed for minority students that teaches students to respect cultural diversity.  This decision fits the same pattern of discriminatory behavior fostered by other state politicians such as Governor Brewer, Tom Horne, Joe Arpaio and Russell Pearce.  The ethnic studies program was recently audited by a company out of Texas (hired by the AZ State Board of Education), which found the program to be in compliance with state law. Obviously, that made no difference to the political players in Arizona who continue their harassment of the Hispanic Community.  A very sad day for those who believe we all need to learn to get along!

Jan 6, 2012, 7:07 pm
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I believe we all saw the quality of students MAS churns out at the April TUSD board meeting. I dunno about you, but that’s not the quality of people I want my generation leaving behind this world to.

Jan 7, 2012, 12:10 pm
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This debacle is now making national news. It was reported that one teacher announced to his students that Ben Franklin was a racist. Oh heavens is it at all possible that MAS is itself racist in nature? Nah, it cant be because it teaches about a minority. Well, one judge said it is in violation of the law and teaches (hatred?) toward another race. This would be racism and if true can not be tolerated in the schools.  Either clean up the program or off it.  Hupp said it would be impossible to clean it up.  So drop it. So if this is upheld it is a good example and should be a shining example that racism cant be taught in schools and all students will suffer with 15 mil $ withheld from the district. It seems to me that there is a trend now in U.S. from Holder and his boss on down, if you are a minority, just bring out the race card anytime you are in the least bit criticized, play that race card hard and often.  Got news for ya, its already getting old. By the way, who knows for sure whats in the heart of a man,  but ol Mr.Franklin was a staunch abolishinist (sp).

Jan 8, 2012, 7:06 am
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There was a significant difference between the two leadership votes.  The vote last week was the routine leadership vote which occurs every January with the expiration of the previous president’s term.  It is standard though not required to make a leadership change in January.  The vote last August was a very unusual vote taken in the middle of my term.

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