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.
From Investigative Findings ‒ Case No. 08-12-1080 (Access to Board Meetings) United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights:
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.
Read more on TUSD finally agrees to move board meetings to larger venue after Civil Rights investigation…
I can hardly contain my excitement this morning. What I thought was impossible has been done thanks to the leadership of the new superintendent HT Sanchez!
The Tucson Unified School District has selected new legal counsel to handle desegregation issues, parting ways with the firm — DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy — that has served TUSD for 39 years.
Read more on Goodbye DeConcini lawfirm! HT Sanchez is an ally to the people of Tucson; latest action proves it…
As a Chicano activist in what Dr. Cornel West calls ground zero in the struggle for liberty and justice, I have become used to the importance of lawyers who usually volunteer pro bono to represent those who get arrested in civil disobedience or those who are fighting against racist state laws in the state of Arizona.
For example, right after HB2281 was signed into law by Jan Brewer, the state superintendent Tom Horne decided to visit Tucson and met with a group of protesters who had a sit-in at the state building and ended up getting arrested. This included two UA Professors, Dr. Roberto Rodriguez and Dr. Lydia Otero, who certainly have a better financial situation than the youth who were also arrested, but who still received the benefits of a pro bono attorney, Richard Martinez. Martinez is the same lawyer who is representing Save Ethnic Studies and has filed in the Ninth Circuit Court on behalf of three TUSD students and their parents to challenge the constitutionality of HB2281. While there is a fund set up to pay for the costs of this case, attorney Martinez receives no income from this case; on the contrary he has spent a lot of his own resources supporting this case.
There have been arrests of activists at many places from the State Capitol to the TUSD Headquarters to the State Building in downtown Tucson and by activists who recently shutdown Operation Streamline. Part of this sacrifice usually includes a lawyer who sacrifices their own income to represent you in court, and the significance cannot be overstated.
So I was deeply troubled by something I just learned about the lawyers representing the minorities in TUSD.
Read more on Making Millions off Minorities in TUSD: MALDEF, Mendoza and Fisher plaintiffs…
You know your record as a racist is bad when you are a Jewish leader that is forced to resign from the Anti-Defamation League for something you did that was so bad they had to condemn you over it.
Read more on Doug MacEachern joins Tom Horne in challenging Anti-Defamation League…
Three Sonorans has been writing about MAS-TUSD almost daily since 2010, when HB2281 was passed which racially profiled Mexican American Studies in Tucson only, and which led to the official killing of the highly successful program for Latinos in 2012. Now it is time to admit the truth which was finally realized last week, on Columbus Day of all days; MAS-TUSD is dead and is not coming back anytime soon, by which I mean not under the current board or superintendent.
Read more on Columbus Day 2013: The Day MALDEF, HT Sanchez, and Grijalvista-majority board killed all hope of MAS-TUSD return…