Once HT Sanchez starts saying one thing to one group and another thing to another group, it becomes apparent that one cannot trust what he says, which is unfortunate for the students of TUSD that are simply pawns along the way to the superintendent advancing his personal career by using Tucson’s largest school district only as a launching pad to jobs that pay over a quarter-million a year.
Dr. Nolan Cabrera is a professor at the University of Arizona who studies “whiteness and white racism” in education. He is also the author of the famous “Cabrera Report” which applied advanced statistical methods to analyze the success of students who took Mexican American Studies in TUSD to see if there was any significant increase in standardized test scores compared to the other students.
Finally the culturally relevant courses in TUSD are officially getting back many of books that were banned in the Mexican American Studies classes three years ago.
Yes, books by Chicano and Native American authors were banned in post-SB1070 Arizona… all by the freedom- and liberty-loving patriots that run the state of Arizona.
Today is the MLK holiday in Arizona, and rather than reflecting upon what the state is doing to minorities, which includes a ban on African American studies just enacted in this same month of January 2015, people are recovering from their drinking yesterday as we now know who will play in the Super Bowl that will bring billions of dollars to Arizona in just a few weeks.
Finally, after about three years of MAS destruction by the local TUSD school board in response to the racist state law that gives one person the power to ban Ethnic Studies, the largest school district in Southern Arizona finally did something right that may be the first step in bringing back the banned Mexican American Studies program.