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Tucson Ethnic Studies

Tucson's Mexican American Studies Director Sean Arce Wins National Zinn Education Award

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.03.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

While the Daily Show brilliantly reminded millions of viewers last night of the disgraceful racist elements behind the attack on Tucson's acclaimed and now outlawed Mexican American Studies program, educators across the nation recalled a teaching moment.

Banned in Tucson

Emily Lutenski | Posted 08.03.2012 | Education
Emily Lutenski

As the fate of Tucson's MAS program lies within the slowly grinding gears of the court system, the protest-performance of the librotraficantes -- their call for direct action -- deserves the support of all who believe in justice.

It Gets Better, Dear Tucson Students (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.08.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

The trauma and stress over the dismantling of the Mexican American Studies program, including the confiscation of books in front of young middle school and high school students, has never been addressed by Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) officials.

Let Us Now Praise What's Right With Arizona: Nationally Celebrated Tucson Educator Sean Arce

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.18.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

In the footsteps of legendary Tucson Mayor Estevan Ochoa, who also fought against a hairbrained legislature to bring public education into Arizona, Arce has emerged as one of the most beloved leaders in the state today.

As Arizona Moves Bills for Guns and Bibles in Classroom, Tucson Teacher Calls for Return of Banished Books: Interview With Norma Gonzalez

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.10.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

Thousands of teachers across the country are now using books and texts from Tucson's Mexican American Studies curricula in a special "No History is Illegal" campaign.

Has Tucson School District Become Little Rock, Arkansas 1954? New Court Suit on Segregation Violations Over Mexican American Studies Crackdown

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

The questions beg: How much lower and blatantly racist will Tucson school officials go? Will Tucson community leaders, like Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, stand by and watch the reckless measures of "demagogic extremists"?

Teaching Tucson: More National Groups Demand Release of Detained Books, As Teachers Adopt Banned Mexican American Studies

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

Hundreds of schools launched a historic teach-in movement today to incorporate lesson plans from the banished Mexican American Studies program in Tucson in their own classrooms.

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.

Breaking: The "Madness" of the Tucson Book Ban: Interview With Mexican American Studies Teacher Curtis Acosta on The Tempest

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.18.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

Scholars and educators from across the country have hailed Tucson's MAS program as "the nation's most innovative and successful academic and instructional program in Ethnic Studies at the secondary school level."

Educating for Democracy: Big Brother Is Watching in Arizona

Joel Shatzky | Posted 03.17.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

If The Tempest is banned from the classroom as being "too controversial," I wonder when the Bill of Rights will be banned as well.

Day After in Tucson: As School Board Padlocks Program, Mexican American Studies Will Rise Again in Courts and 2012 Election

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.12.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

While denying a motion for a preliminary injunction last night, U.S. Circuit Court Judge A. Wallace Tashima granted plaintiff and MAS student Korina Lopez standing in her claims on the constitutional violations of the state ban on the teaching of Ethnic Studies.

School District Axes Ethnic Studies Program

AP | Posted 01.11.2012 | Education

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A school district in Tucson voted to dismantle its ethnic studies program after more than $1 million of monthly state funding was to ...

American Pastorela in Arizona Premieres: Ethnic Studies Witchhunt Farce Takes the Stage

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.08.2012 | Arts
Jeff Biggers

What better form of theatrical art than the farce to capture the absurdity of the Arizona state officials' infamous witch hunt of Tucson's embattled Ethnic Studies program?

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.