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Friday December 31, 2010

Effective Jan 1st–Ban on Mexican-American Studies or any Ethnic Studies Takes Place in Arizona

The teaching of ethnic studies in all of Arizona’s public schools will be banned effective January 1st and when children return from their holiday break.  The ban applies to grades kindergarten through 12th grade. 

Arizona HB 2281 bans any classes that “promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”  The bill specifically targets Mexican-American studies taught in Tucson public schools and where 60 percent of the student population is Hispanic. 

Therefore any classes that teach the history, struggles or accomplishments of Native Americans, African-Americans or Mexican Americans will not be allowed.  If any public school system challenges the bill it can be heavily fined. 

There are several organizations challenging the constitutionality of this initiative, however, until those law suits find success in the court room the ban will be in effect starting tomorrow. 

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