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ERIC Number: EJ900616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-22
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Tucson Students Aren't Deterred by Ethnic-Studies Controversy
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v30 n4 p1, 16-17 Sep 2010
In the midst of an attempt by Arizona's legislature and top education official to shut down ethnic-studies courses in the Tucson Unified School District, students at Tucson High Magnet School are flocking to the courses this school year. School district officials say enrollment in Mexican-American studies in Tucson Unified's 14 high schools has nearly doubled since last school year, from 781 to 1,400. Some students say the controversy over ethnic studies caused them to want to check out the courses for themselves. But others say they signed up to learn more about social justice generally or Mexican-American culture and history specifically. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and Deputy Superintendent Margaret Dugan contend the courses teach anti-American ideas and encourage Mexican-Americans to think of themselves as victims. Horne helped convince the Arizona legislature to approve a law, signed in April 2010 by Governor Jan Brewer, that aims to ban the kind of ethnic studies public schools are offering. Scheduled to take effect December 31, the law bars all public schools across the state from providing courses designed for a particular ethnic group, that advocate ethnic solidarity, or that promote resentment toward a race or group of people. Last month, Horne sent a letter to John Carroll, Tucson's interim school superintendent, saying that if the district continues to teach ethnic studies after the law becomes effective, the Arizona education department will withhold 10 percent of the school district's funds. A cut in funds "would sting," said Abel Morado, the principal at Tucson High. But he said he believes the Tucson Unified school board will stand up for continuing to offer ethnic studies. The courses are valuable, he said, because "a student's identification with the curriculum is nonnegotiable."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona