The LA Times reports the good news:
The Tucson school district’s Mexican American studies program violates state law, an Arizona administrative law judge ruled Tuesday, paving the way for the possible demise of the program.
The judge affirmed a prior decision by the state’s schools chief that the Tucson Unified School District’s program violates a law that aims to outlaw divisive ethnic studies classes.
In June, John Huppenthal, the state superintendent of public instruction, had deemed the program to be in violation of the law. That law, among other things, bans classes primarily designed for a particular ethnic group or that “promote resentment toward a race or class of people.”
The school district appealed the ruling, and testimony before the administrative law judge concluded in October.
The decision by the judge, Lewis D. Kowal, is merely a recommendation to Huppenthal, who can now take action against the program if it does not come into compliance with the law.
Should the program not come into compliance — as Huppenthal sees it – the district could lose about $15 million in state aid.
According to “Save ethnic Studies”, the program started as a grass roots effort in the late 1990s “to reverse some disturbing educational trends among minority students in TUSD” and “blossomed into a highly successful national model documented over and over in educational peer review literature.”
Other “educational peers” who reviewed the the program came to a very different conclusion:
In October of this year,the “Freedom Socialist Party” huffed:
Over the summer, the ongoing battle over ethnic studies in Arizona royally exposed the grimy politics and tactics of the right wing.
Arizona HB 2281 became effective Jan. 1, aimed at the popular and successful Mexican American studies program (also known as MAS or La Raza studies) of the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). The bill outlaws courses that “promote the overthrow” of the government, “promote resentment toward a race or class of people,” are “designed primarily for people of a particular ethnic group, or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treatment of pupils as individuals.”
The bill’s author was Tom Horne, who is famously opposed to La Raza education because it is critical of the U.S. government’s relationship with Latin America and treatment of Latinos. As the state superintendent of schools, Horne conveniently was able to find the Tucson ethnic studies program in violation of the new law immediately before leaving that position to become the state’s attorney general.
Last May, a woman had engaged in “grimy politics” by reading excerpts from a book in the Tucson Ethnic Studies program at a school board meeting. These outrageous and toxic books were teaching kids that the United States is an institutionally racist system filled with “bloodsucking capitalists” and Anglos who “rape Hispanic culture”.
“Hard drugs and drug culture is an invention of the gringo because he has no culture.”
“We have to destroy capitalism and we have to help 5/6 of the world to destroy capitalism in order to equal all peoples’ lives.
“The Declaration of Independence states that we the people have the right to revolution…the right to overrule the government…”
“Any country based on capitalism is based on greed…”
The woman had to be warned to watch her language as she read from the text (written for kids as young as 10 years old) because they were in a public forum where children were present.
One shudders to think how many Hispanic kids’ minds were polluted with this toxic swill, knowing that the program started in the ’90′s.
Hat tip: Brian B.
Cross-posted at Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse