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'Maus' books donated to TUSD to help teach about Holocaust

Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham donated 10 copies of the graphic novel "Maus," about surviving the Holocaust, to TUSD in response to a Tennessee school banning the book. Cunningham, who knew survivors, said he hopes local students find the book inspiring. ... Read more»

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GOP pushes to have Az teachers post lessons online over 'critical race theory' fears

To allow parents to scour lessons for elements of "critical race theory," Arizona teachers would be required to upload a list of every book and worksheet they use in their classrooms online for parental review if a Republican-backed bill becomes law.... Read more»

Arizona House OKs anti-critical race theory bill banning 'racially divisive' curriculum

Arizona Republican lawmakers are seeking to ban so-called "critical race theory" education in Arizona schools after the state Supreme Court last year struck down a law barring such education because it was unconstitutionally added to the state's annual budget.... Read more»

Arizona saw a rise in antisemitic and hate incidents in 2021

Antisemitic and hate incidents in Arizona this year saw a 26% increase from 2020 and a 41% increase from 2019, according to a year-end report by the Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.... Read more»

Do fraught school board meetings offer a view of the future?

Democrats worried about their chances next fall will likely pay even closer attention to the fury playing out in school board meetings across the country as voters turned out big for Republicans in statewide races in Virginia this week.... Read more»

Hobbs: Arizona parents should be 'partners' in the education system, not adversaries

Katie Hobbs, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in next year’s gubernatorial race, avoided a mistake that contributed to her party’s upset loss in Virginia this week, saying that Arizona parents should have a great deal of input into what their children learn in school.... Read more»

More than just school masks: All the laws tossed out by Az Supreme Court in 'log-rolling' ruling

A ban on face mask mandates and critical race theory in schools were highest-profile laws that were thrown out when the Arizona Supreme Court tossed numerous provisions of the state budget, but the list of new laws that are now off the books is far more extensive than that.... Read more»

Az Supreme Court rules laws blocking school vaccine & mask mandates were unconstitutionally passed

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a series of laws barring schools from implementing COVID mask and vaccination mandates were unconstitutionally passed by the Arizona Legislature, as was a law meant to block teaching "critical race theory."... Read more»1

Attorney General Garland defends memo in school speech maelstrom

Rejecting assertions from Republican lawmakers that he is trampling conservative speech, Attorney General Merrick Garland is doubling down on his efforts to protect school board members as division over critical race theory and mask mandates usher violent threats. ... Read more»

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Why attacking educators for antiracist teaching is dangerous

Disparities exist because of racism and a litany of racist policies that exclude, exploit and suppress people of color - the place to start to enact change starts in the classroom with the development of our future leaders. ... Read more»

Az Senate candidate Blake Masters says Critical Race Theory is 'anti-white racism'

Blake Masters, Senate candidate and right-hand man of billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, recently took to the stage at a conservative rally in Arizona and complained about what the Tucson resident described as “anti-white racism” in America’s schools.... Read more»

Abortion, race, gender: Arizona Republicans and other GOP states wage culture wars

There are currently 23 statehouses where the GOP hold the governorship and both houses in the legislature, a “trifecta,” and these are where most of the conservative social issue legislation, including abortion, transgender and critical race theory laws, have been written this year. ... Read more»

Analysis

Lawsuits over bans on teaching critical race theory are coming – here’s what won’t work, and what might

Now that the furor over teaching kids about racism has reached a boiling point in communities across the country - and states and school districts are threatening teachers with disciplinary action - the question naturally arises: Does this violate the teachers’ First Amendment rights?... Read more»

Analysis

Bans on critical race theory could have chilling effect on teaching about racism

Problems emerge in education when laws seek to control what teachers can say about whether a state or a nation itself was racist from inception, or whether the U.S. or any states sought to promote white supremacy through their laws.... Read more»

GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses

Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation—places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis. ... Read more»

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