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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»

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Mar 9, 2013, 6:26 pm
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Arizona law that targeted Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program,

Really? You gotta go there with it? The Raza studies may have been the catalyst, but I’m not sure I would go so far as to call them the specific target. It is a good, common-sense law that the Raza Studies program just demonstrated was necessary.

Tashima said that the state can limit curriculum without impinging on students’ rights to free speech

This is exactly right. When I don’t understand, never did understand, and never will understand, that if this curriculum is so very important to the reconquistadors, why don’t they just do it on their own time, outside of the school? No one is saying they can’t indoctrinate the young, they’re just saying they can’t do it with taxpayer resources. If one of your churchy types wanted to preach in a school, they would be told no, and told to start private schools or do bible studies outside of school…which is what they do. Reconquistadors should be no different, and this ruling helps to ensure that.

The courts got this one right.

Mar 9, 2013, 6:50 pm
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@Bret Linden

The legislative record and Horne’s statements as he backed the bill through the Legislature show very clearly that the law was targeted at TUSD. It didn’t appear out of thin air; Horne charged at the district after the 2006 incident at Tucson High.

From the decision:

Horne sought to “eliminate” the MAS program as early as 2007, when he wrote an “Open Letter to the Citizens of Tucson” explaining his disagreement with the MAS teachings. (PSOFO, Doc. 162, Ex. E.) When Horne’s informal effort failed, he became the driving force behind the enactment of § 15-112. He spoke at the relevant Arizona legislative committee hearing and stated unequivocally that his support for the bill arose from his concerns about the MAS program.

Defendants do not dispute that § 15-112 was passed in response to complaints about the MAS program. Indeed, the testimony before the Senate Committee confirms that this was the case.

Mar 9, 2013, 6:58 pm
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It is sad. I would love to discuss this subject, but it is a topic that no matter what you say (type), someone will be offended and call you a racist.  I will say that as important as our collective history is to know where we’ve been to do better where we are heading, reading, writing, and math are the subjects our AZ students need to be the most proficient….then American civics since they will be voters when they turn 18.  Everything…and I think everything else is gravy till those skills/subjects are mastered.

Mar 13, 2013, 9:44 pm
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This is not political at all. In 2007 an investigation was done and many of their books & teaching materials were exposed such as: “Message to Aztlan” (by Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales that says “We must destroy capitalism” and has poems telling the kids to make a Revolution on the U.S.; “Occupied America” (5th Edition) with “quotes” such as “Kill the gr-ngo” and “execute all white males over age 16” and makes the U.S. out to be an evil perpetrator as so many of their books. Read “The Spiritual Plan of Aztlan” where they talk about “using schools as defense posts”. One book calls blacks by the “n” word. Children have been beaten, almost blinded and almost murdered because of these radical teachings. Tom Horne wants to take the “hate” and “revolution” out of our schools. And Krystel Foster knows what’s in the books, she has seen them. And tons of these books have filthy curse words (the “f” word, the “sh” word, etc., etc.). MEXICO HAS A PLAN TO TAKE OVER FIRST THE SW & THEN THE NATION (if they can do it) and will call the SW what they call their movement “Aztlan”. They can’t even take care of their own country which is a failure!

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