Update: Arizona Bill: Ban On Ethnic Studies Passed !!!Submitted by Thomas on Sun, 05/02/2010 - 13:39
About time they stop funding this garbage...
The measure, House Bill 2281, passed the House of Representatives in the final hours of the legislative session with one vote to spare. It's one of dozens of bills on Gov. Jan Brewer's desk that she must act on by May 11.
The bill applies to all public and charter schools
, from kindergarten through high school. It would ban classes that:
• Promote the overthrow of the U.S. government.
• Promote resentment toward a race or class of people.
• Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.
• Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treating pupils as individuals.
If the state Board of Education or the state school superintendent determines that a school district
or charter school violates the bill's provisions, the school or district would lose a share of its state education dollars.
Horne said his target is an ethnic-studies curriculum in the Tucson Unified School District.
"It would ban La Raza studies because it's a course that's aimed primarily at members of one race, and we have testimony that this has promoted resentment toward one race," Horne said Friday. "Raza" means "race."
But the bill would go beyond Tucson's Mexican-American offerings and would end other ethnic-centric courses, Horne said. Students would still be exposed to other cultures and traditions.
"You do it in the regular social-studies class," he said. "And you do it within the (state) standards."