Review of Tucson's Raza Studies Program by Schools Chief John Huppenthal Starts Monday; Tucson District's Funding On Line

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John Huppenthal, state schools chief, will have the final say on whether the Raza Studies program in Tucson violates a new state law.

The Arizona Department of Education is paying more than $170,000 to a Texas company that will research whether Tucson's Raza Studies program violates a new state law.


A bit of a brouhaha caused the lead researcher contracted with the company, Steve Gallon, to step aside due to revelations of a past accusation related to theft of school services. But the review by Cambium Learning Group of Dallas will go on as scheduled, says Andy LeFevre, spokesman for state schools superintendent John Huppenthal.


Former schools chief Tom Horne, a major critic of Tucson's Raza program, declared the program to be out of compliance with the law he pushed soon after taking the office of state Attorney General in January. Huppenthal also said he thinks the program isn't in compliance, but ordered the review to get an independent opinion. 

The new law prohibits classes that:

1. Promote the overthrow of the United States government. 2. Promote resentment toward a race or class of people. 3. Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group. 4. Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.

If the Tucson Unified School District is found to be violating the law, it risks losing up to 10 percent of its funding each month.

Huppenthal expects to receive results of the Cambium review, then make a final decision on whether TUSD should have its funds decimated.

For the $170,000, Cambium will collect and review course materials, conduct interviews of teachers, students and parents, and sit in on classes. The company will also examine whether the Raza Studies classes have improved the academic achievements of Latino students who took them, LeFevre says.

Horne's conclusions on classes can be read on the AG's Web site.



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Pat Kittle
Pat Kittle

You can't get any more racist than calling yourselves "The Race" ("La Raza").

Browns routinely call whites all kinds of racist slurs, and we're supposed to pretend that's OK, only whites can be racist, no matter what.

For a long time whites like me (who never use racist slurs) tolerated this absurd PC double-standard. Now we're just fed up.

There comes a point when tolerance is has to go both ways.

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Usgovfail
Usgovfail

Fk la raza, I'm not going to do it but I hope someone bombs all of their buildings killing all the racists inside. If you are a member of la raza you should kill yourself.

Car_del99
Car_del99

" #2..promote resentment to a class or race of people " I guess only Pearce, Arpaio, Brewer , Horne and the Republican legislators has the right to do that..by law.... If it was up to Pearce , Brewer , they would pass a law that says , god made only white people.and that was 6000 years ago..period.. and no, it was not in Africa.. it was in the U.S.A....Bigotry and hate destroys your mind...that what happened to Pearce , Brewer,Arpaio et al , and the rest of the idiots that follow them....

Falcon9
Falcon9

Theft of services - bllsht. He was trying to help students go to a better school. Should have received a medal of honor.

Pat Kittle
Pat Kittle

If you can't honestly quote someone, just make up stuff.

Real honest on you.

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