TSON News | Banned MAS classes in TUSD now available for college credit to high-schoolers!

Banned MAS classes in TUSD now available for college credit to high-schoolers!

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Although we have suffered through the pain and indignity of losing Mexican American Studies in Tucson, today serves as the beginning of a sea change in this struggle. In response to the Tucson Unified School District dismantling our MAS classes, I started Chican@ Literature After School Studies (CLASS), which meets at the John Valenzuela Youth Center in South Tucson and is free for all students who attend. We meet for at least two hours each Sunday, and sometimes my students and I lose complete track of time because of our intense conversations inspired by how this amazing literature relates to our world and our lives. It is the highlight of my week and has kept my spirit and love for teaching alive during these dark days.


Our dedication and love of learning has been rewarded thanks to the amazing people at Prescott College in Arizona. In an incredible show of respect for the quality and rigor of our former MAS classes in TUSD, Prescott College will be offering college credit to these students for our Sunday classes. We are humbled and excited for this partnership, but now we need your help to make this dream become a reality.

“While TUSD banned the teaching of Chican@ literature, we recognize the rigor and importance of the former MAS classes, and therefore Prescott College will offer students the option to enroll in Curtis Acosta’s Chican@ Literature class for college credit.  We hope this will not only be an incentive to attend this weekend class but will also send a strong message that this knowledge is highly valued,” said Anita Fernández, a Prescott College professor.

Outlawing Shakespeare: The Battle for the Tucson Mind

Outlawing Shakespeare: The Battle for the Tucson Mind is a documentary by The Nonprofit Network that focuses on the elimination of the Mexican American Studies program within the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) in Arizona. Under a federal
desegregation decree, Mexican American Studies was created and was successful at improving academic achievement for Latino students in Tucson until earlier in 2012 when it was shut down by the TUSD School Board.
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Investing in the future of Chican@ Studies

It is incredibly important for CLASS to remain free for this small group of young scholars. Thus, we have established the Chican@ Literature And Studies Scholarship (CLASS) Fund in order to raise money for the students to receive college credit for their participation. Will you invest in these amazing young people by donating to CLASS today?

A scholarship fund has been set up in the hopes that most students will be able to earn college credits free of charge.  To make a tax-deductible donation to the Chican@ Literature and Studies Scholarship (CLASS) fund, please send a check to:


Prescott College

220 Grove Ave.

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Prescott, AZ 86301


Please write in the memo line: CLASS fund

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Curtis Acosta

Chican@ Literature Teacher

Chican@ Literature After School Studies

To learn more about the curriculum of Tucson’s famous Mexican-American Studies program, the 93% graduation rate for their students, and the controversy surrounding the now banished classes you can online order the PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE DVD. If you have any questions about purchasing your DVD, please contact us at:dvd@preciousknowledgefilm.com

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