Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies Classes
Arizona’s governor has signed a bill that forbids elementary or secondary schools to teach classes that are “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” and advocate “the overthrow of the United States government” or “resentment toward a race or class of people.”
According to CNN, the bill was pushed by state school Superintendent Tom Horne, who has spent two years trying to get Tucson schools to drop a Mexican-American studies program he said teaches Latino students they are an oppressed minority.
Coming shortly after the new controversial immigration law, this measure is destined to draw even more criticism. Gov. Jan Brewer approved the bill without public statement Tuesday.
Recently, in response to the Arizona immigration law, several California cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, have adopted resolutions requesting city departments to not sign any new contracts with Arizona companies.