Skip to comments.Tucson's ethnic-studies program violates Arizona law, judge rules
Posted on 12/28/2011 9:43:13 AM PST by Beaten Valve
Tucson's Mexican American studies program violates state law, an Arizona administrative law judge ruled Tuesday, paving the way for the program's possible demise.
Judge Lewis D. Kowal affirmed a prior decision by the state's schools chief that the Tucson Unified School District's program violates a new law prohibiting divisive ethnic-studies classes.
John Huppenthal, the state superintendent of public instruction, had deemed the program in violation in June. Among other things, the law bans classes primarily designed for a particular ethnic group or that "promote resentment toward a race or class of people."
The school district appealed Huppenthal's ruling, and testimony before the administrative law judge concluded in October.
Kowal's decision is merely a recommendation to Huppenthal, who can take action against the program if it does not come into compliance with the law. Any such action is likely to be challenged in court.
In a statement, Huppenthal said he was pleased with the judge's decision and plans to issue his final decision soon.
"I made a decision based on the totality of the information and facts gathered during my investigation a decision that I felt was best for all students in the Tucson Unified School District," he said. "The judge's decision confirms that it was the right decision."
Program proponents say the classes push Latino students to excel and teach a long-neglected slice of America's cultural heritage: Chicano perspectives on literature, history and social justice.
The program's opponents led by Huppenthal, a veteran state senator elected superintendent of public instruction last year say that by framing historical events in racial terms, the teachers promote groupthink and victimhood.
A pending case in federal court contends the state law is unconstitutional. Eleven teachers and two students have requested an injunction to halt its implementation.
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A proud heritage of driving drunk without insurance or a drivers ID.
Viva la Mexico!
They are nothing but Mexican separatist propaganda sessions that would have been prosecutable sedition in 1965.
Violence, hate, and ultimately ethnic rebellion and Mexican takeover are the topics in the classes. They are nothing more then terrorism agitprop sessions.
That is no joke. And what those people were and are doing to an American city like Tucson is not just criminal but treasonous.
How DARE this judge go against the established groupthink? Who does he think he IS?
I predict flash mobs outside his house screaming “Racist!, calls to action from the media, and disbarrment hearings.
And the local media agrees!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is why I lean towards Newt. He will encourage Congress to Constitutionally stomp on federal judges who conduct themselves as super legislatures. There is absolutely no reason to even hear a challenge to the law.
Also a bunch of leftist Chico agitators (teachers) get put on the public payroll. It's a jobs program for commies! Same as a lot of our publicly funded universities. These commies love getting a Gov't check.....ripping off the taxpayers.
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