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.
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.
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.
This past weekend was an historic one for the civil rights movement in this great country which still has a major problem with racism.
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.