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September 22-September 28, 2013

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500 Years Of Chicano History In Pictures

2012

Banned from the Tucson (AZ) Unified School District along with six other Chicano studies books. In a district with over sixty percent of the students coming from Mexican-American backgrounds, the school board "dismantled it Mexican-American Studies program, packed away its offending books, shuttled its students into other classes," according to an editorian in the NewYork Times, because "it was blackmailed into doing so." The Times referred to measures taken by Arizona Supertendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, who threatened to withhold millions of dollars if the school district didn't terminate the nationally acclaimed program immediately. On March 8, 2013, a federal court upheld most provisions of an Arizona state law used to prohibit the controversial Mexican-American Studies curriculum in Tucson. Activists plan to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

2012

Banned from the Tucson (AZ) Unified School District along with six other Chicano studies books. In a district with over sixty percent of the students coming from Mexican-American backgrounds, the school board "dismantled it Mexican-American Studies program, packed away its offending books, shuttled its students into other classes," according to an editorian in the NewYork Times, because "it was blackmailed into doing so." The Times referred to measures taken by Arizona Supertendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, who threatened to withhold millions of dollars if the school district didn't terminate the nationally acclaimed program immediately.





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