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  • Leila Pine
    FYI, the first transcript below, read in full, will give you a good idea of what we re up against in Arizona. The teachers in Tucson are now prohibited from
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 19, 2012
      FYI, the first transcript below, read in full, will give you a good idea of what we're up against in Arizona.  The teachers in Tucson are now prohibited from using a long list of books, including seven books mentioned in a court decision, concerning Mexican-American studies, by a state politician who stated in a TV campaign ad that if elected, he would stop La Raza.    

      Studies have shown that over the 10 years that the Mexican-American Studies class was taught in the Tucson Public School District, there has been a significant improvement in closing the achievement gap for Latino students in Tucson and in the number of Latino students going on to college. The transcript of the interview below is reminiscent of the McCarthy era. 


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      Debating Tucson School District’s Book Ban After Suspension of Mexican American Studies Program

      Public school officials in Tucson, Arizona, have released a list of seven banned books that can no longer be used in classrooms following their suspension of the district’s acclaimed Mexican American Studies program. Last year, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal ruled the program violated a new state law, saying it "promote[s] resentment toward a race or class of people." We host a debate between Huppenthal and Richard Martinez, the attorney representing teachers and students trying to save the Mexican American Studies program. Watch/Listen/Read

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