October 19th, 2010
10:32 PM ET

Tucson teachers sue over new 'anti-Hispanic' schools law

Eleven Tucson, Arizona, educators sued the state board of education and superintendent this week for what the teachers consider an "anti-Hispanic" ban looming on Mexican-American studies.

The suit comes in a state already roiled by a controversial immigration law that is being challenged in court.

On Tuesday, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne defended the new law, which will go into effect December 31. The law authorizes the superintendent to stop any ethnic studies classes that "promote the overthrow of the United States government ... promote resentment toward a race or class of people ... (or) advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treatment of pupils as individuals."

Horne said he would seek the first-ever ban in Tucson for its "raza studies" program, now called Mexican-American studies. Raza means "the race" in Spanish.

The law allows the state to withhold 10 percent of monthly aid - which would amount to $3 million a month for Tucson Unified School District No. 1.

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  1. pancho villa

    Its sad that Americans accept RACIST GANGS LIKE KKK, then again how many of ur granparents came from country were white power startes POLOAND,GERMANY ECT,ECT, DEPORT US ALL PROBLEM SOLVE NO WASTING MONEY ON US, OR TAKING UR JOBS OR JUST PLAIN BEING BAD PEOPLE CAUSE THATS WAT WE ARE WE GO TO ELEMENTRY SCHOOLS,HIGH SCHOOL,UNIVERSITY N KILL LIKE A COWARD OH WAIT DATS U WHITE PEOPLE COWARDS....

    October 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pancho villa

    GET A BOLLOT N DEPORT US ALL U HAVE THE VOTING POWER WHITE PEOPLE,,FEMALE DOGS

    October 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Reynardine Greencastle

    Only the Gadsden Purchase was a genuine purchase. The rest of the territory acquired from Mexico was either via the annexation of the Lone Star Republic or for a nominal sum, at gunpoint, from Santa Ana after his surrender. The Mexican settlers were, under that treaty, supposed to remain, in full possession of their lands and language, but they were not. Many were expelled and most of the others dispossessed. Nonetheless, they contributed heavily to Southwestern culture, and they were the ones who just about created the American cowboy. They are part of the Southwest's history. Meanwhile, you Foxin' bigots, we Miamians have been living biculturally for half a century, have picked up enough of each other's languages in the street after it has been run over to order lunch, take a bus, or find the toilet in most of the Western hemisphere, and think you lily-white pansies should get a life.

    October 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Where is Army Nurse Deborah Christine D"angelo From New Jersey?

    October 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    ,,,

    October 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. whatever

    Hawaii same story. But that happened in this century. Imprisoned the queen and forbid the native people from speaking their own language. America has been built on lies, theivery and dishonesty. Politicians just continue to follow the playbook established from the beginning.

    October 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kriss Deras

    if you have a white, black, Indian, Hispanic, and Asian person all of them born in America "Land of lies and thievery" how can you tell which one is truly American and which one is not??
    You can't! People well so called Americans are always pushing people around and try to make themselves seem like heroes when the only thing they are doing is hurting and bulling people.
    Ex. African Americans- used themas slaves, beat the crap out of them, killed them without thought of remorse. Then tried to make everything okay by giving them freedom and putting them in debt??? <- US History!
    Or the immigrants that came over in the late 1800s to build the railroad {chinese, Italian, etc.} those people were beat and forced to work in harsh conditions. Oh.... how about the Native Americans forced to assimilate into the "American Society." Last time I checked "Americans came over here in boats and conquered the land from Indians, Spaniards, Mexicans and maybe more people. They were the first immigrants. The United States already had a trace of different cultures.

    Why not teach about all the people that at some time ruled this land???

    October 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kriss Deras

    My respects to these teachers they are brave and role models to many young people! I fully back them up people don't think twice before they do or say things.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
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