December 22, 2011

Ruling Expected Soon on Teachers' Mexican American Studies Motion


Ruling expected soon on teachers' Mexican American studies motion
by Alexis Huicochea
December 22, 2011

A federal judge plans to rule quickly on whether the case involving TUSD's Mexican American Studies program should be dismissed.

U.S. Circuit Judge A. Wallace Tashima also heard arguments for a motion for preliminary injunction that would prevent Arizona schools chief John Huppenthal from taking further action on the program, which he declared in violation of state law earlier this year.

The federal case was initiated by 11 TUSD Mexican American Studies educators who are acting independently from the district. They are challenging the constitutionality of the law formerly known as HB 2281.

The law prohibits courses that promote resentment toward a race or class of people; are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic race; advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals; and promote the overthrow of the U.S. government.

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