The Fall 2013 Semester begins today in TUSD, and despite misleading headlines from the media, there are NO Mexican American Studies classes being offered in the school district that banned MAS in January 2012 after they gave in to the White Supremacist attack from the same state that brought you SB1070.
What you may read is mention of a so-called Desegregation order, known formally as the Unitary Status Plan. In today’s Arizona Daily Star, the Special Master himself chimes on, joining with MALDEF in praising this new Desegregation plan.
The road to implementing a plan to bring racial balance to TUSD schools has been bumpy, with deadlines missed and contentious initiatives.
Still, a national desegregation expert, Willis Hawley, says the Tucson Unified School District is to be commended for “what is the most comprehensive desegregation plan in history.”
What the ADS fails to mention is that Willis Hawley is the author of this plan, so he basically praising himself and they are helping him do so.
While this Deseg plan may be huge, it is still perpetuates injustice. For example, consider the fact that one-fifth of all desegregation monies is what funds TUSD’s forced segregation of Latino students each and every day into “Mexican rooms,” robbing 4 hours from these students as they are taken away from regular instruction, leaving only about an hour or two to learn what all the other students get to learn all day long.
This one-fifth is hugely significant since it affects thousands of students, and praising this “comprehensive plan” that the Special Master himself wrote (yes, praising his own plan) is like praising the US Constitution while conveniently overlooking that part about Black people only being three-fifths of a person.
Now, if MALDEF or the Special Master had any courage instead of these unjust compromises with White Supremacy, they would tell the TUSD district to fund ELL themselves! The Deseg money has no place paying for forced segregation! If the state requires these ELL classes, then have them give you money!
That would also be payback for the whole MAS issue. But instead the current board and the Plaintiffs and Special Master continue to be led astray by the Guilty Party, TUSD, the one that is perpetuating racism and segregation, the one that puts forth their proposals and budget and that you sign off on without fighting back.
Seriously. One-fifth of Deseg monies being spent on segregating Latinos… WTF MALDEF?
This is now an issue that the new TUSD superintendent HT Sanchez owns. The buck stops with him.
There are other gross violations of the USP that HT Sanchez now owns, such as his refusal to appoint a Culturally Relevant Curriculum Director that the USP calls for. As in today’s Arizona Daily Star, TUSD’s Desegregation Director Sam Brown makes excuses for missing these deadlines, saying that federal court orders are not as important as what they consider quality, such as the only thing that they created, a mere 3.7% of what they were tasked with, which is the Literature classes that still do not allow for banned books in the classroom.
Once again we see those in power praising power even though it hurts the children. MALDEF praising the Special Master praising TUSD praising the Board praising Sam Brown, and in the end MAS and books remain banned.
Now, HT Sanchez has used the excuse of the rushed timeline for violating the federal court orders. He simply cannot appoint a CRC Director… he needs more time.
That didn’t stop him from bringing in his homie Adrian Vega from Texas and giving him the second-highest paid position in TUSD, which he did at his very first board meeting. How was he able to fill that position so quickly, yet continue to disobey the federal court order?
Because he figured out the power structure. The court order is from a conservative federal judge who is already retired. He could care less about this issue, and the only times he has acted on this case has been to try to help out TUSD by lifting the order. MALDEF fought back then, won at the Ninth Circuit, but then compromised with getting less than they had before!
Before they had MAS, they won the case, and now they settled for the killing of MAS? With victories like this, who needs losses?
And now HT has probably figured out that the board and the Latino Plaintiff are all friends going way back, with the Latino Plaintiff serving on the school board at the same time that the father of the TUSD board president did. It’s hard to hold your own accountable, and thus rather that demand TUSD follow the court order, they get away with what we have today.
This is how simple the Three Sonorans request has been lately; just simply FOLLOW the FEDERAL COURT ORDERS. No politics, just follow the plan!
Instead as the Fall 2013 Semester begins in TUSD we have NO MAS, but a living ELL for the segregated students in “Mexican Rooms” all perpetuating the injustice, but now with a Latino superintendent and Grijalvista board majority.
It seems we are our own worst enemy; Latinos now allowing the attack by White Supremacy on Latino students when they HAVE THE POWER to stop it.
But what do you expect from Democrats? Just as with President Obama, you are thankful to have someone from your team in charge, but have to look the other way as he deports a record number of Mexicans, including youth. The incompetence of Hicks is replaced with the competence and efficiency of white-washing as only Latino Democrats can do it and get away with it.