According to the Arizona Republic today who interviewed TUSD’s Stefanie Boe, Mexican American Studies will not be coming back to TUSD even if they win this case. It seems Dr. Trujillo may sadly continue in Dr. Pedicone’s footsteps when it comes to the transformative program that saved lives.
If Arce [Court case plaintiff] prevails, Huppenthal’s decision that the Mexican American Studies program violated HB 2281 would be voided.
Stefanie Boe, Tucson Unified School District spokeswoman, said regardless of the outcome, nothing will change at the district.
The district has a culturally relevant curriculum that has been approved by state Superintendent Diane Douglas and her team, Boe said.
“We are in compliance with state law while still bringing a multicultural approach to learning,” Boe said. “We don’t need to change. We found a way to work with the state and meet the obligations of our court order at the same time.”
Prediction: MAS will prevail in federal court and this will be the pivotal issue in next year’s TUSD school board elections when Grijalva and HIcks’ seats become open.
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