Mexican-American Studies Are Illegal: Arizona Judge
State law bars studies promoting ethnic solidarity
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2011 3:00 AM CST
Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal announces that the Tucson Unified School District violates state law by teaching it's Mexican American Studies Department's ethic studies program at...   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – An Arizona judge has declared that a Tucson Mexican-American ethnic studies program in city high schools violates state law. The ruling backs a determination by controversial state Schools Superintendent John Huppenthal that the program is illegal under a new law banning educational programs that promote ethnic solidarity and provoke "racial resentment." Administrative law Judge Lewis Kowal shot down a school board challenge to Huppenthal's determination by ruling that the program teaches material in a "biased, political and emotionally charged manner," reports the Arizona Daily Star. Kowal's determination is a legal recommendation to Huppenthal, who will likely now take steps to dismantle the program. "The main game here is ensuring that students are getting a quality education, and that's not happening in Tucson Unified," Huppenthal said. "This whole issue has been a sideshow. I'm anxious to get to the main mission and put this distraction to the side."

It's uncertain what steps the Tucson school board will take if Huppenthal moves to shut down the program. Huppenthal's earlier determination that the program violates state law is already being challenged in federal court by Tucson teachers, reports the Los Angeles Times. Kowal's declaration "confirms what we already knew the state of Arizona wants to do, which is shut down Mexican American studies," said an attorney representing the teachers. "That's why we're in federal court."

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Dec 31, 2011 11:32 PM CST
Either assimilate or go back to your home country. Most of the countries the illegal immigrants are from are the poorest and most corrupt in the world. You came to America to build a life and be successful. You wanted a better life and our politicians foolishly let you slip in like thieves. Instead of becoming productive Americans you have tried to change our successful way of life to mirror the failed government from which your came. We have tolerated the democrats efforts to divide the American people and destroy American culture for decades. We are a tolerant people but the free ride is over. We will take back this nation and establish a culture based on individual freedoms, liberty and justice for all. The color of a person skin will play any role in the American way of life, you will be treated as an individual not as part of a voting block. For illegals you are treated well. You are housed, fed, giving free education. You have abused the American people. Time to go home are blend in. ¿Por qué has venido aquí? ¿Fue por una vida mejor? ¿Por qué deben ser atendidas también ¿no es capaz de hacerlo en los Estados Unidos por su cuenta. Usted tiene que los políticos que degradan y te tratan como mendigos en lugar de los hispanos orgullosos de que yo sé. No dejes que el uso que usted y su gente de esta manera. Dígales que usted no quiere un mano a mano, pero una arriba.
Dec 31, 2011 5:44 AM CST
In the early 80s I was watching a special about the 60s and during a commercial my daughter, then 11, said, "that's such bullcrap, that stuff never happened!!" I said, "what never happened?" She said, "Black people having to drink out of separate fountains, use different bathrooms,not being able to eat inside cafe's and the police getting dogs after them for marching in the streets, that's crazy, that stuff could never happen here in America." She was serious. I couldn't help but cry as I told her that yes, indeed that shit did happen and humans were that stupid, that my own parents taught me black people weren't entirely human, more like 2/3rds human. It was so strange. I was thrilled we'd come so far she couldn't even imagine we'd been that horrible. And heartbroken to have to tell her the truth. Now I look at good ol' Pete here and I wonder, will it be his grandchild or great grandchild that watching a special about the past will say, "That couldn't have happened, we couldn't have treated people so horrifically just because they were Mexican. We couldn't have tried to outlaw teaching their history, pulling them over and asking them for their papers like they were Jews in Germany so many years ago. Tell me that didn't really happen!" And either his kid, or theirs will look down at their child and with tears brimming, have to tell them the truth. Pete, I am so glad you're old. :)
Dec 29, 2011 8:59 PM CST
I have to go talk to me when you take a history class. O.K. Junkie