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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»

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Tom Horne running for GOP nomination for state schools chief on an anti-bilingual education platform

Tom Horne, who held the position of superintendent of public instruction for eight years, announced Thursday he's running for the office again, on a platform against bilingual education and critical race theory.... Read more»1

Az schools chief rejects GOP request to defund school district for '1619 Project' lessons

The Arizona Department of Education won’t act on a request from a Republican state lawmaker to take funding away from a Phoenix school district that serves low-income students because it adopted curriculum from “The 1619 Project,” which examines the legacy of slavery in the U.S. ... Read more»

Stegeman resigns from TUSD Board after 11 years

Mark Stegeman, in his third term on the board of Tucson's largest school district, resigned effective immediately on Thursday, in an unexpected announcement.... Read more»4

Candidate commentary

Ragan: TUSD's MAS classes not a 'political football'

TUSD Governing Board candidate Adam Ragan: "On this part, there can be no alternative facts, as some might push. Banning MAS runs counter to the Constitution."... Read more»

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»

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»

Texas teachers denounce MAS textbook as 'racist'

Saying that a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook is "dripping with racism and intolerance," several Texas educators and students are calling for the State Board of Education to reject the controversial book. One passage reads, "Stereotypically, Mexicans were viewed as lazy ... It was also traditional to skip work on Mondays, and drinking on the job could be a problem."... Read more»1

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»

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

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»

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

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