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5 years ago this week, on May 3rd, 2011, the events 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 within them years later.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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