Dismantling Mexican American Studies in Tucson
In 2010, the Arizona state legislature passed HB 2281, a law targeting the Mexican American Studies curriculum at some schools in Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), which teaches critical thinking skills to young Chicano students. Last year, the state's school superintendent found that Tucson's program violated the law, and ordered the school district to bring the program in compliance or shut it down. The school district challenged the ruling, and last month a judge upheld the superintendent's decision. At its meeting earlier this month, the TUSD school board decided not to challenge the ruling, and closed down the Mexican American Studies program.
Dr. Anita Fernández is in the Education Faculty at Prescott College. Her areas of teaching and research include social justice education, critical race theory, critical multicultural education and teacher education. She is locally and nationally involved in community and professional organizations that focus on Latina/o rights, social justice activism, critical pedagogy and transformative teacher education. Her publications include works in Multicultural Education, Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education and Rethinking Schools.
Richard Martinez is an attorney in Tucson, Arizona. He is currently challenging Arizona's recent ethnic studies law in federal court on behalf of teachers and students in Tucson Unified School District.
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