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Chanting MAS supporters shut down an April 2012 TUSD Governing Board meeting as some zip-tied themselves together and a smoke bomb was set off. During the meeting, the board voted to fire Sean Arce, then the director of the program

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»

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»

Demonstrators outside President Trump's speech in Phoenix, August 22.

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»

Chanting MAS supporters shut down an April 2012 TUSD Governing Board meeting as some zip-tied themselves together and a smoke bomb was set off. During the meeting, the board voted to fire Sean Arce, then the director of the program

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»

Chanting MAS supporters shut down an April 2012 TUSD Governing Board meeting as some zip-tied themselves together and a smoke bomb was set off. During the meeting, the board voted to fire Sean Arce, then the director of the program

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 and Sanchez visiting a University High School classroom on Feb. 20.

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»

TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez talks to reporters during a press conference Wednesday afternoon after speaking with Diane Douglas, the new state head of public education, about the district's ethnic studies program, which outgoing state Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal declared to be in violation of a 2012 agreement and an Arizona law.

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»

Chanting MAS supporters shut down an April 2012 TUSD Governing Board meeting as some zip-tied themselves together and a smoke bomb was set off. During the meeting, the board voted to fire Sean Arce, then the director of the program

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

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»

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»

CD2 candidate Martha McSally talks to the crowd.

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

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne stand together during a border security town hall in Oro Valley.

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

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»

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal discuss the iCivics program developed by the O’Connor House.

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»

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»

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