“Save Ethnic Studies” CSU Tour
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
San Diego State University
The California Faculty Association, San Diego Chapter will host a delegation from the Arizona’s “Save Ethnic Studies” organization on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., as part of the “Save Ethnic Studies” California State University tour. The “Save Ethnic Studies” presentations will include an overview of the work that Critical Raza Educators in Tucson public schools are doing and describe the struggle these educators are waging against Arizona’s legislative attacks on academic freedom and cultural competence in Arizona’s education system. It will also provide a context for related issues that are currently occurring in California. Continue reading
Dear Colleagues and Supporters:
On January 1, 2011, HB 2281 became effective in Arizona, a law passed in April 2010 that attacks La Raza Studies. The law’s supporters claim that we are unpatriotic and unAmerican, a statement that we take great exception to. Books such as Occupied America and Pedagogy of the Oppressed are cited as proof of their opinions. At present the future looks grim. The Board of Education that was supposed to defend the program has bailed out. The teachers of Raza Studies have filed a suit defending the right of the program to teach the history of our people.
We feel that if the xenophobes are successful, the entire area of Ethnic Studies is threatened. It enables similar attacks on programs outside of Arizona and sanctions censorship. We feel that we must stand together and are appealing to you for support. It takes money to mount a legal challenge. The pool of available money is small in the Tucson area. It is a poor community and the hundreds of thousands of dollars that this suit will take is beyond our means.
The discovery process alone will run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is the political core of the case that will show the motivation of the framers of this legislation and point to who is financing this libelous campaign. Continue reading
Here is some information that comes from Arizona. Once again, it appears that Ethnic Studies and Indigenous Studies programs are facing termination. Please review, discuss and comment.
State gives TUSD 60 days to heed law
Ethnic-studies course is illegal, Huppenthal says
by Pat Kossan
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 5, 2011 – Arizona’s new superintendent of public schools is giving Tucson Unified School District 60 days to comply with a new state law that prohibits teaching courses aimed at certain ethnic groups.
In a written statement released Tuesday, John Huppenthal said he agreed with former state schools superintendent Tom Horne’s decision that the Mexican-American studies courses offered by the state’s second-largest district violate the law. Continue reading
Tucson Continues Ethnic Studies Classes Despite New State Ban
by Julianne Hing
January 3 2011 – In his final act as Arizona state school superintendent, Tom Horne called a news conference Monday morning to announce that the Tucson Unified School District is operating in violation of HB 2291, the bill he helped pass that banned ethnic studies programs across the state.
“They teach kids that they are oppressed, that the United States is dominated by a white, racist, imperialist power structure that wants to oppress them,” Horne said, Arizona’s KTAR reported. He found Tucson’s ethnic studies program in violation of all four provisions of HB 2281 which forbid classes that are “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group”; teach political views that encourage “overthrow of the U.S. government” or “promote resentment toward a race or class of people” and advocate “ethnic solidarity.” Continue reading
Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies and, Along With it, Reason and Justice
by Randall Amster, Huffington Post
Dec 29, 2010 – While much condemnation has rightly been expressed toward Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, a less-reported and potentially more insidious measure is set to take effect on January 1, 2011. This new law, which was passed by the conservative state legislature at the behest of then-school superintendent (and now attorney general-elect) Tom Horne, is designated as HB 2281 and is colloquially referred to as a measure to ban ethnic studies programs in the state. As with SB 1070, the implications of this law are problematic, wide-ranging, and decidedly hate-filled. Continue reading
OPEN LETTER TO THE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY
The recent passage of House Bill (HB) 2281 in Arizona, a law that essentially bans Ethnic Studies in K-12 public schools, has generated deep concern among educators, students and staff in our county. This bill caricatures the more than 700 such programs in the nation; along with SB 1070, it sends the message that people of color, indigenous people and immigrants are not welcome in this country and that their histories and cultures should be excluded from public education. While this bill was expressly written to target the Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District (and the 3% of the 55,000 students in the district who take such courses), its language implicates programs like American Indian Studies and African American Studies as well. Continue reading