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VICTORY: Judge Stops Arizona’s Ban of Mexican-American Studies

December 29, 2017
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VICTORY: Judge Stops Arizona’s Ban of Mexican-American Studies

Judge A. Wallace Tashima has ruled that the Arizona law targeting Tucson’s lauded Mexican American Studies program is unconstitutional and that the state cannot ban ethnic studies programs. Tashima, who had upheld the law in previous decisions, ruled in Acosta et al v. Huppenthal that the law was “not for a legitimate educational purpose, but for an invidious discriminatory racial…

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Hearings Begin for Tucson’s Embattled Mexican American Studies Program

June 30, 2017
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Hearings Begin for Tucson’s Embattled Mexican American Studies Program

This week, the U.S. District Court for Arizona began hearing arguments in Acosta et al v. Huppenthal, a case that might determine the fate of Tucson’s embattled Mexican American Studies program. The Mexican American Studies program fell victim to House Bill 2281, an Arizona state law written specifically to target the program. The law makes it…

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Is AZ Anti-Social Justice Bill A Troubling Sign of the Times?

January 24, 2017
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Is AZ Anti-Social Justice Bill A Troubling Sign of the Times?

A recently defeated bill in the Arizona state legislature proposed to ban social justice coursework in higher education. The bill follows a state law passed in 2010 and challenged by CBLDF specifically targeting Tucson’s acclaimed Mexican American Studies program. Although defeated, the new bill reveals troubling and persistent divisions between lawmakers and educators on how…

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Because of Arizona Ban, Ethnic Studies Programs Expand Around Country

July 23, 2015
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500 Years of Chicano History in pictures, one of the books removed from Tucson classrooms

Arizona legislators have long waged a battle against ethnic studies, culminating in a ban of Tucson’s acclaimed Mexican American Studies program. But in spite of — and really, because of — the ban, ethnic studies programs have expanded across the nation. Arizona Revised Statute § 15-112 is a law passed in 2010 by the Arizona…

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Ninth Circuit Court Finds Constitutional Problems with AZ Law that Censored Mexican American Studies Program

July 17, 2015
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Ninth Circuit Court Finds Constitutional Problems with AZ Law that Censored Mexican American Studies Program

The students and teachers of Tucson’s now defunct Mexican American Studies program have been fighting against the Arizona state law that led to the dissolution of the program. Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that hopefully puts them one step closer to striking it down. Arce v. Douglas (formerly Arce v.…

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