Tom Horne and John Huppenthal's Ethnic Studies War: Fate of MAS in Federal Judge's Hands, Yet Again

Meaning that a brand spanking new ethnic studies program would require another adverse finding by Huppenthal. The Arizona Department of Education would have to investigate the program anew to see if it complies with the law, before Hupp could withhold state money to the district.

Indeed, in July, Bury blocked Horne from intervening in the desegregation case on behalf of the State of Arizona.

Which surely frustrates General Horne-dog no end. Heck, in the case Martinez is involved in, Horne defended the law in oral arguments before federal Judge A. Wallace Tashima in April, rather than allowing one of his better-qualified underlings to do so.

Eight months later, we're still waiting for Tashima's decision.

Now, what about that Tuesday vote by the TUSD's governing board, and the Byzantine, back-stabbing world of Tucson politics that surrounds it?

As you can see from the video above, pro-MAS activists such as David Abie Morales of the renowned Three Sonorans blog were initially jubilant over what they perceived as a victory.

TUSD, which is represented by former U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini's law firm DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, initially had objected to the language opening the door to a new MAS program.

But a majority of the board supports the program, as evidenced by its 3-2 vote negating the objection. At least that's what most board members and some local reporters and observers believed had happened.

Now TUSD's administration and some of the board members are saying that's not what happened at all, that the 3-2 vote merely canned additional objections by board member and MAS-enemy Mark Stegeman.

But Morales, Martinez and others argue that was not the clear intent of the board, nor is it what occurred in reality.

Board member and MAS-supporter Adelita Grijalva told the Arizona Daily Star that the board will vote on the matter again when it sits in January, and that since the newly-elected board members are solidly pro-MAS, the outcome will be emphatic and clear up any confusion.

(You may recall that the very same board killed MAS in January, bowing to an edict from Huppenthal that they end the program or face a debilitating 10 percent cut to its funding.)

What will all this mean to Judge Bury? That's the big question, as many MAS supporters fear the DeConcini law firm will maintain that the objection to creating a new MAS program stands, and argue that the Tuesday vote indicates this.

Hopefully, Bury will be wise enough to see beyond all the posturing and spin, and do what's best for the kids and the community, which just happens to be what the special master and the plaintiffs suggest: the return of Mexican American Studies.

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bigmama
bigmama

It did not get in because of all the objections.  Mexican-American Studies is a Communist, anti-white, anti-American Program which teaches hate and to wage a war against the U.S.  It is treasonous and really ugly!  Mexico owned the SW of the U.S. the least of everyone - from 1824 - 1848 and they stole it from Spain who owned it for 300 years before them.  There is not even any proof they were ever up here - just legends!  Their books have horrible stuff in them teaching "hate" in our public schools against white people.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

@cugagcmu80 Thank you for an excellent post. I come from a diametrically different angle, but I share your point of view 100% !  It's as simple as this:  The more you know each other, the more you understand each other  --  the more comfortable you feel around each other, and, most importantly, the less you will be likely to fall for the haters among us, who preach their hate in ever so subtle ways!

cugagcmu80
cugagcmu80

I'm a retired GA high school social studies teacher who taught ethnic studies for 10 years during the 33 years I spent in the classroom, and my students enjoyed learning about different races, religions, governments, etc.  My classes were multicultural, composed of students of different races, religions, ethnicities, etc.  In the 10 years during which I taught the course, not one student, parent, or administrator ever complained that the class encouraged students to "hate" the state/federal government, none said the class caused them to develop racist attitudes toward any group in the country, or that the course curriculum was "oppressive."  In fact, most of my students enjoyed the class immensely and thanked me for exposing them to the cultures of groups with which they weren't familiar.  Of course, I'm one who thinks that the  more a person knows about the world and the people who live in it, the better because it allows a person to realize that although people differ in some ways, the majority of them have a lot in common.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Mr Lemons, I have come to the conclusion that you're wasting your time writing articles such as this. The re-election of Arpaio and the election of throwbacks like Horne, Huppenthal, Brewer and Montgomery has proven to me that Arizona is populated by a bunch of ignorant sick fucks who will never be able to see past their tiny racist mindset. Arizona is truly a place that the United States of America could easily do without. If ever a state, and it's people deserved to be kicked out of the union, it is the future RepubliKKK of Dumbfuckistan.

leonardclark
leonardclark

Thanks Mr. Lemons for another very informative article keeping us up to date on the racist shenanigans of Horne and Huppenthal ! And, I second what Dennis20 says about the human rights activist DA Morales.Leonard Clark

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

DA Morales has been a thorn on the side of racism and injustice in Tucson. He's stayed on one important issue thats been difficult to follow unless you are active in TUSD, He's paid the price personally and yet never gives up.  I like the guy. 

teknik
teknik

These racist revisionist pricks make me want to puke.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

MAS isn't discredited. The Horne Dogg is discredited. He went after a successful TUSD program because the children who took MAS classes didn't buy into his bullshit. What empirical evidence is there to demonstrate that the MAS program promoted race hatred or advocated violence or disloyalty? What empirical evidence is there to show that Horne is a sleazy political hack who thinks with his dick? As for Huppenthal, that Goober never spent a day in public school. He's a good catholic boy.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

lol and the judicial branch saves the day again! Id just like to take a moment and thank the Founding Fathers for their brilliant decision to separate the 3 branches...and thank the judges for bringing a little sanity back to our state. Wed be screwed without them!

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