Statement of Superintendent Huppenthal on TUSD Governing Board’s Decision to Immediately Suspend Their Mexican American Studies Program


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2012
CONTACT: Andrew LeFevre

Statement of Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal on the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board’s Decision to Immediately Suspend Their Mexican American Studies Program

Phoenix, AZ, January 11, 2012 – Today, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal released the following statement regarding the action by the Tucson Unified School District’s (TUSD) governing board to immediately suspend their Mexican American Studies Program:

“Last night, by a 4-1 vote, the governing board of the Tucson Unified School District resolved that ‘All Mexican-American Studies (MAS) courses and teaching activities, regardless of funding source, shall be suspended immediately.’

I am very encouraged by the swift and decisive action taken by the members of the governing board last night to address the issues that I raised in my final ruling on January 6, 2012 of the district being in violation of A.R.S. § 15-112.

I am currently reviewing the official resolution that was adopted by the governing board and, upon consultation with TUSD representatives, will make a determination on appropriate method to verify their compliance with A.R.S. § 15-112.

I look forward to working with Superintendent Pedicone and other TUSD leadership to find ways to improve their schools and to provide a quality education for all TUSD.”

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Comments

  1. Thank you Superintendant Huppenthal for your unwaivering tenacity in finally bringing this travesty to an end. The TUSD has been running amok with these indoctrination programs for well over ten years and it was way overdue for Arizona to finally put a stop to it. My only regret is that the local television broadcast media has chosen to bury the story in an attempt keep this decade-long perversive use of taxpayer dollars in the dark – it should have been the lead story on every local news program. This was something absolutely every Arizona voter should know, and perhaps convince some that the “movement” by certain sectors in Arizona is not folklore or a fairytale. Again, congratulations!

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