Tom Horne to Federal Judge: TUSD Ethnic Studies Promoted ‘Racist Values’
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A federal judge has taken under consideration an argument to strike down a law targeting TUSD’s Mexican American Studies program.
The plaintiffs in the case, which challenges the constitutionality of the state law formerly known as HB 2281, are two TUSD students.
Former Arizona schools chief Tom Horne made an appearance in federal court Monday, speaking on behalf of the state as attorney general and arguing that the plaintiffs’ motion to have the law thrown out be denied.
U.S. Circuit Judge A. Wallace Tashima did not rule on the matter, and no timeline was given. However, Richard Martinez, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said it could be within the next 30 days.
The law prohibits courses that promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic race, advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals and [should be ‘or’] promote the overthrow of the U.S. government.
Martinez denied that the courses promote racist values, saying the Mexican American Studies program was singled out and that it’s OK to teach the concept of oppression from various perspectives unless it’s the Mexican American perspective.