Yesterday we explored why the TUSD school board is making a really bad decision to rush their selection of a new superintendent.
In a nutshell we recalled that the last superintendent left after not even two years to a more affluent district in Colorado. Now the TUSD board wants to determine her successor will be in the next month, the same month that the general election is taking place with ever state office up for grabs, Brewer vs. Goddard, Kotterman vs. Huppenthal, Rotellini vs. Horne, and a US Senate seat, ever US Congress seat, etc.
The citizens of Tucson barely have enough time to learn about these candidates, which is why the TUSD board, or rather Adelita Grijalva and Bruce Burke, have chosen this exact time to make their last power plays since their terms are up this year.
They certainly cannot make the case the they will have maximal input from the community. Heck they won’t even get maximal input from Grijalva since she is running for re-election.
Just to be clear, I am not saying that Adelita should not be re-elected, but many in the community, HER community, think this decision by the TUSD board is a horrible decision and it is our duty to be critical of our elected officials, even if we support them overall.
Yesterday the ethnic studies team kicked off their legal defense fundraiser. Unlike the case with Jan Brewer, there are no millionaires in Wyoming giving millions to her anti-immigration fund, and thus the money to defeat HB2281 must come from the community.
Find out how to get involved and how to donate here.
Richard Martinez, the lawyer fighting HB2281 on behalf of the ethnic studies teachers, spoke yesterday about the legal case and was asked about the impact of the new TUSD superintendent on ethnic studies at the University of Arizona.
A major help for the cause would be a superintendent who sees the value of diversity in the district and in the curriculum. Unfortunately, the front-runner, John Pedicone, vice-president of the conservative Southern Arizona Leadership Council, has a “horrible record when he was at Flowing Wells and certainly represents the inverse relationship” of supporting ethnic studies, according the Martinez.
Impact of new Superintendent on Ethnic Studies