(VIDEO) TUSD Tragedy: 5 years later, where are they now?

Five years after the TUSD Tragedy...

The TUSD Tragedy – Save Ethnic Studies from Three Sonorans on Vimeo. 5 years ago this week, on May 3rd, 2011, the event now known as the TUSD Tragedy took place which you can see in the video above. Superintendent John Pedicone somehow how gained the power to give orders to police, 7 women were arrested, and outside police were throwing students and their parents on the street, bloodying them and leaving gravel still embedded under their skin years later. TUSD was changed forever… innocence was lost as the board room became a militarized zone. In less than a year […]

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Banned in Arizona, Ethnic Studies now going viral throughout California


An expansion of ethnic studies courses in some of California’s largest school districts is changing the way thousands of students are learning about the historical contributions of a wide range of racial and ethnic groups. Over the past few years, Los Angeles Unified, the state’s largest school district, and San Francisco Unified, the sixth biggest, have added courses in their high schools designed to broaden understanding of the roles played by African-Americans, Latinos and other racial and ethnic groups. Last October, the Oakland Unified school board approved an ethnic studies course for all Oakland high schools within three years, and last […]

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Kansas House Ed. Committee passes Ethnic Studies bill

TOPEKA – The House Education Committee passed a bill Monday that would require the Kansas Board of Education to develop state standards for ethnic studies in grades seven through 12. HB 2207 calls for the state board to establish criteria, materials, and guidelines that local school boards may use within existing history, social studies or civics programs, but it would not mandate that teachers begin including ethnic studies in their curricula, said Rep. John Alcala, D -Topeka, who introduced the bill. The bill defines ethnic studies as “an interdisciplinary enterprise which acknowledges that race and ethnicity are social and cultural […]

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Deadline for latest Ethnic Studies ban in TUSD is this Wednesday, March 4th

On his last day in office as the state superintendent, John Huppenthal ended his tenure just as it began, with the issue of banning Ethnic Studies in Tucson. Huppenthal, the outgoing state superintendent of public instruction, on Friday sent a “notice of non-compliance” to the district, accusing it of violating a 2012 agreement over classes that cover Mexican-American heritage. The order threatens to withhold 10 percent of Tucson’s state funding if administrators don’t comply with orders to provide more information on the history classes and to remove parts of the curriculum that Huppenthal says violate state law by March 4. […]

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VIDEO: UA Professor of “whiteness” explains research that proves the success of Ethnic Studies in TUSD

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. We begin today’s introduction with what it means to study “whiteness” as a professor. In a nutshell, according to Cabrera, he studies “the nature of white privilege, how it is maintained (especially within institutions of higher […]

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VIDEO: Chicana plaintiffs for Ethnic Studies explain why they fight for MAS at Ninth Circuit

Maya Arce and Korina Lopez are the plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's Ethnic Studies ban.

Last Friday, January 9th, 2015, just one week after Arizona’s state superintendent John Huppenthal issued yet another ban on Ethnic Studies classes in TUSD, an Ethnic Studies Now summit was held at Mission High School in San Francisco as hundreds of scholars gathered before the Ninth Circuit hearing on January 12th to determine whether Arizona has the constitutional right to ban Mexican American Studies in Tucson. Today we hear from the plaintiffs, two courageous Chicanas who were denied access to Mexican American Studies classes in TUSD. Korina Lopez is now at the University of Arizona, but when it was time […]

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VIDEO: MAS goes to Ninth Circuit, Arizona looks ignorant defending Ethnic Studies ban

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This past weekend was an historic one for the civil rights movement in this great country which still has a major problem with racism. Over the weekend, scholars gathered from around the nation — from Seattle and New York to Texas and throughout California — joining with a delegation from Tucson that was challenging the constitutionality of a state law, passed a few weeks after the infamous SB1070, that banned Ethnic Studies in TUSD known as HB2281 at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The state superintendent at the time (2010), Tom Horne, said that while three of the four […]

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New GOP leader in Arizona will not continue ban on Ethnic Studies, but will infuse it into Common Core?

The diagram above comes from our analysis of the situation (Arizona banning Ethnic Studies in TUSD in 2015) that we wrote about on Tuesday, and we promised to update it as paths get chosen over time. That time has already come… perhaps. TUSD Superintendent HT Sanchez just met with the new State Superintendent Diane Douglas on Wednesday and it appears that Douglas is herself taking a 180 degree route that her two predecessors (Tom Horne and John Huppenthal) have taken. “I feel very good about the opportunities moving forward,” Dr. Sanchez said at a press conference Wednesday evening. “That doesn’t […]

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What happens next for Ethnic Studies in Arizona? Jan 2015 is action-packed!

It is great to see Tucson, Arizona in the national news once again. Yes, the focus is on TUSD and once again the topic is racism, but now it has extended even more overtly from Latinos to African Americans with the state’s recent banning of culturally relevant courses for both of these communities, the latter being charged because of the use of Hip Hop in the classes. One month ago we made some predictions and the very first one came true. The next ones are up next this month, but now we re-analyze the situation given the new information we have; […]

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State of Arizona bans new Ethnic Studies classes in Tucson!

Three Sonorans note: John Huppenthal ran for office on a promise to “stop la raza.” His tenure is now framed from beginning to end with his desire to stop the learning of Latino Literature and History by Latino children in Tucson. SUPERINTENDENT HUPPENTHAL FINDS TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NONCOMPLIANT PHOENIX, Ariz., Jan. 2, 2015 – The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) today sent a notice of noncompliance to the Tucson Unified School District stating that one or more of its classes are in violation of A.R.S. §15-112. If the District is not in compliance with A.R.S. § 15-112 by March […]

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