Please join the inaugural event in the 2015-2016 Agnese Nelms Haury Public Interest Speaker Series
Co-sponsored by the Latino Law Students Association and the National Lawyers Guild, University of Arizona Chapter
Defending TUSD’s Mexican American Studies Program
It was exactly one month ago on February 11th, 2014, that we wrote about the results of a Civil Rights investigation in TUSD regarding inadequate meeting space, especially when a controversial vote on MAS was about to take place.
Based on the attendance at previous Governing Board meetings concerning the future of the MAS program, it was abundantly clear that attendance would dramatically exceed the number of seats available in the meeting room… the failure to move the meeting to a larger facility unnecessarily burdened public opportunities to attend and listen.
Not even a month has passed before the board has scheduled a board meeting that will address a controversial MAS vote this month and once again we have a “failure to move the meeting to a larger facility.”
1010 is expected to be packed tonight with a whole slate of racial issues to be decided on, including the passage of a Cesar Chavez Week while paradoxically voting against the future of the Mexican American Studies program with a vote that Cesar Chavez might himself hold a fast against.
TUSD never learns from history it seems, perhaps due to it banning history from being taught, and HT Sanchez is fast becoming like John Pedicone especially with his strengthening ties to SALC and now with this public meetings that are held in a laughably small board room.
Tonight at the TUSD board meeting the findings of a Office of Civil Rights Investigation will be presented that will conclude what Latinos have been saying all along; TUSD needs to move its meetings to a larger venue especially when important votes are taking place!
That was all during the Pedicone Era, and now he is gone and he has left HT Sanchez to clean up his mess; multiple injustices against Latino students and the community in a district that is over 60% Latino.
The investigation revealed one area of concern: the lack of a protocol or process for ensuring that Governing Board meetings are held in an appropriate space when the agenda includes items of high public interest. TUSD has held public meetings in a number of large venues over the past 36 months. Some of those meetings have included emotionally-charged matters ranging from school closures to elimination of magnet designations However, notwithstanding the District’s anticipation that the January 10, 2012 meeting would draw an overflow crowd, witnesses and documents reveal that no meaningful consideration was given to moving the meeting to a venue consistent with the public’s right of attendance. Accordingly, as will be discussed more fully below, I recommend that the Governing Board develop a 1) specific alternative meeting space plan for matters of large public concern; and 2) a specific protocol describing how the decision to change a meeting location would be made.
What makes this injustice more atrocious is that it is directly related to the Mexican American Studies issue.
Legalized racism or other civil rights injustices today are sometimes (always) a complicated thing to argue with Republicans.
Sometimes people forget that it is men, usually white men and usually rich white men, like the type of people who would own slaves, that write the laws. At the same time they are writing that all men are created equal, they have their slaves preparing the dinner for the gathered guests at this celebration of liberty and freedom. Laws are written to protect power and property of those in power, plain and simple.
Tucson Unified School District signs Federal racial discrimination Resolution Agreements to try and end Racism and Discrimination vs Latinos and Limited English Proficient parents and students. Federal OCR Investigators to monitor TUSD1.
Phoenix , Arizona – After many months of having filed federal racial discriminatory allegations vs TUSD1, the Civil Rights Center, Inc., (aka the CRC) has finally received federally signed discriminatory Resolutions vs TUSD1, while it awaits the federal decision on the third filed case vs TUSD1.
Because of how the TUSD1 federally-misbehaved and mistreated the Limited English Proficient (LEP) communities and especially the Latino residents initially and during the Mexican-American Studies passionate debates and dismal TUSD1 decisions, the CRC Executive Director was forced to file multiple racial discriminatory US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) federal complaints.