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Arizona Gone Wild

Tucson School Walk Outs Grow: Protest School District's Folly and Mexican American Studies Banishment

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.24.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

As the nation watches the Tucson Unified School District's spiral into disarray, hundreds of students have walked out of their Tucson schools today in a coordinated protest against the banishment of the district's acclaimed Mexican American Studies program.

Tea Party Love Boat Going Down: Bachmann and Pearce Have Last Dance on Sinking Ship in Arizona

Jeff Biggers | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

Presidential contender Michelle Bachmann brought her floundering campaign into Arizona today, giving a special shout-out to embattled State Senate President Russell Pearce for his role as the architect of the state's controversial SB 1070 "papers please" law.

AZ School Chief Compares Mexican-American Studies to Hitler Jugend (As He Endorses White Supremacist-Backed Candidate)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.28.2011 | Education
Jeff Biggers

Have the extremist Arizona politicians and their Tea Party supporters gone too far in their witch hunt of the Ethnic Studies Program?

On Eve Of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Arizona Sues To Overturn Voting Rights Act

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

Claiming that sections of the Voting Rights Act are "either archaic" or "not based in fact," Tom Horne has indeed stumbled against his own future and Arizona's unfinished history of voting rights violations.

Arizona's Next Scandal? Tea Party State Official Says Ethnic Studies Violates Ban

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

At a press conference Wednesday, John Huppenthal declared the Ethnic Studies/MAS Program to be out of compliance with the state's controversial ban. Just one glitch: On closer review, the audit ultimately finds the program to be in compliance.

Arizona's Precious Knowledge: Blockbuster New Film Chronicles Ethnic Studies Battle

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

Precious Knowledge is the type of unique and powerful film that could ultimately shift public perception and policy on one of the most misunderstood education programs in the country.

AZ Ethnic Studies Showdown: As Teachers Heal Tucson, Will Extremist Officials Escalate Crisis This Week?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

Soundly debunking the state's charges that the program teaches children to "overthrow the government" and promote ethnic chauvinism, university scholars and administrators explained the widely accepted approach of culturally relevant curriculum.

Arizona Unleashes Air Posse and Tank, As Nation Celebrates AZ Native Son Cesar Chavez Today

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

On the eve of Arizona's most famous native son's celebrated birthday, Joe Arpaio unveiled his latest media stunt, the war-time invoking Operation Desert Sky -- a 30-plane air posse of armed volunteers to track Mexican smugglers.