Daily Archives: June 14, 2009

Phoenix-area district faces elimination of its ethnic studies curriculum

The Arizona Daily Star reports:

A Tucson lawmaker and the state’s schools chief are moving to make ethnic studies in the Tucson Unified School District illegal.
If a bill set for a hearing in the state Legislature next week is approved, the city’s largest school district would have to get rid of the ethnic-based programs in four of its high schools or risk losing 10 percent of their state funding each month.
If the classes were eliminated, the money would be returned.

“Ethnic studies programs … are designed to promote ethnic chauvinism,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne said in a news release Friday. “I have tried for two years, using publicity and persuasion, to attempt to convince the Tucson Unified School District to put a stop to this dysfunctional program. They have refuse