Arizona schools chief Tom Horne is continuing his crusade against TUSD’s ethnic studies program
Arizona schools chief Tom Horne is continuing his crusade against TUSD’s ethnic studies program, requesting that the district videotape courses over the fall semester to be used as evidence that would show whether it is in violation of House Bill 2281.
Horne was in Tucson to make the announcement Tuesday. He was joined by Deputy Superintendent Margaret Dugan, who is running to replace Horne. Horne is running for attorney general.
The Tucson Unified School District responded by saying it would not grant Horne’s request - calling it a “political ploy.”
Horne has long claimed that the ethnic studies courses at TUSD - specifically Mexican-American studies - promote ethnic chauvinism.
“Margaret Dugan and I have worked for more than two years to get legislation passed to ensure that students are taught to be Americans and to treat each other as individuals, and not on the basis of their ethnic backgrounds,” Horne said.
HB 2281 was signed into law and will go into effect Dec. 31. It prohibits courses 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, and advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.