John Huppenthal released the findings of the audit yesterday and ruled that Ethnic Studies is not in compliance with the law.
There was one small problem. After reading the audit (after his press conference was over) everyone is finding out that it is Huppenthal himself that is in violation by contradicting what the audit finds.
The audit’s summary on page 53: “During the curriculum audit period, no observable evidence was present to suggest that any classroom within Tucson Unified School District is in direct violation of the law A.R.S. 15-112.”
It finds that the MAS teachers are excellent, the books they read are advanced level, and that NO EVIDENCE of being in violation of HB2281 (as a law it is now ARS 15-112) was found!
Arizona could have a new Ethnic Studies scandal on its hands, though not with the students or teachers.
Nearly one year ago, extremist Tea Party state senator John Huppenthal ran for Arizona’s superintendent of education post with an inflammatory campaign to “stop la raza” and terminate Tucson’s acclaimed Ethnic Studies/Mexican American Studies (MAS) Program.
At one of the most Orwellian press conferences in recent memory, Huppenthal kept his political campaign promise on Wednesday, June 15, at the Arizona Department of Education in Phoenix, declaring the Ethnic Studies/MAS Program to be out of compliance with the state’s controversial ban. Huppenthal introduced a long-awaited and costly audit as proof that the MAS Program promoted resentment towards a race, was designed primarily for a particular ethnic race, and advocated ethnic solidarity. Within a few minutes, Huppenthal and his associate superintendent hastily exited the press conference for other engagements.
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Just one glitch: On closer review, the audit — which admittedly visited only 37% of the classes in the affected Tucson schools for a single 30-minute inspection — contradicts most of Huppenthal’s illusive claims and ultimately finds the MAS Program to be in compliance.
The audit also suggests that MAS classes should be left as they are, and argues against the Stegeman Resolution by saying the MAS classes are in full compliance with state standards and should remain part of the core classes, not be made into electives!
Maintain Mexican American Studies courses as part of core curriculum for high school course: US History, American Government and Literature. (pg. 66)
The question now is: Should Huppenthal be required to publicly explain his distortions of the audit and be held accountable for any false representations?
Will John Pedicone fall for John Huppenthal’s bluff and fight this racist attack on his district, or finally stand up for what is right?