Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Arizona State Superintendent Wants Videos

Arizona State Superintendent Wants Videos Of Tuscan District's Ethnic Studies Classes.

Arizona's Daily Star (8/4, Huicochea) reports that Arizona Schools Chief Tom Horne is requesting that the Tuscan Unified School district "videotape courses over the fall semester to be used as evidence that would show whether they are in violation of House Bill 2281." The legislation restricts schools from offering "courses that promote the overthrow of the US government, promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group, and advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."
Mary Ann Zehr wrote in the Education Week (8/3) "Learning the Language" blog that Horne "has told the superintendent of Arizona's Tucson Unified School District that he will announce a withholding of 10 percent of the district's funds as soon as" the law "goes into effect Dec. 31." On Tuesday, Horne sent a letter to Superintendent John Carroll, in which he also made the request for a videotape of the ethnic studies classes "in their entirety." Zehr added that "Tucson Unified officials would have the opportunity to appeal [a] withholding of funds before an administrative judge."

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