Ethnic Studies: A subject that fires emotions

A collection of articles and multimedia on the Ethnic Studies debate in TUSD.

Josh Brodesky: Stegeman feels heat of history

Josh Brodesky: Stegeman feels heat of history

This might be the spring of Mark Stegeman's discontent - and ours. His proposal to turn some Mexican American Studies classes into electives is dead, the latest casualty in our culture war over ethnic studies (and so much more).

7 arrested at TUSD meeting cited on trespassing charges

7 arrested at TUSD meeting cited on trespassing charges

Seven people ranging in age from 19 to 69 were arrested Tuesday night during the TUSD Governing Board meeting on proposed changes to ethnic studies.

Chief: Cops handled TUSD meeting well

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said he was satisfied with the way his officers handled Tuesday night's TUSD board meeting. "I think they performed in a very professional manner," Villaseñor said.

Both sides in ethnic-studies debate at fault

All sides have a lot to answer for after the TUSD Governing Board meeting Tuesday night. The board mishandled the meeting and the pro-ethnic-studies protesters resorted to vindictive personal attacks.

Ethnic studies is part of a long legacy of Tucson's Chicano community

In 1959, Adalberto Guerrero, a young Pueblo High School teacher, taught his first Spanish class specifically for Chicano students.

Video: Fight for Ethnic Studies - TUSD Board Meeting May 3

Video: Fight for Ethnic Studies - TUSD Board Meeting May 3

Video images from the TUSD Governing Board meeting on May 3, 2011. By Pan Left Productions

Ethnic studies vote delayed until forum

Ethnic studies vote delayed until forum

The TUSD Governing Board decided Tuesday night to delay making changes to the ethnic studies program until it holds a public forum on the controversial proposal.

Photo gallery:  TUSD board meeting on Ethnic Studies courses

Photo gallery: TUSD board meeting on Ethnic Studies courses

The Tucson Unified School District board met on Tuesday, May 3, to discuss the Ethnic Studies courses. Hundreds of parents, teachers and students attended the meeting. There were disruptions and arrests. The board delayed a vote on the issue.

Support for ethnic studies voiced

Support for ethnic studies voiced

The TUSD Governing Board should hold off on a vote that could change some Mexican American Studies classes to electives, members of the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus said in Tucson Monday.

 Proposed changes won't harm program

Proposed changes won't harm program

TUSD Governing Board members Miguel Cuevas and Judy Burns, as well as Unidos members, explain their positions in Guest Opinions before tonight's vote on the Tucson school district's ethnic studies program. 

Stegeman, Pedicone have ignored student voices

Unidos has done everything in its power to create dialogue with the TUSD Governing Board. We have spoken numerous times during the call to audience, written letters, met with individual board members and held press conferences. But the Tucson Unified School District has failed to listen to us.

Demonstration a desperate attempt by students who felt they were ignored

Everyone has an opinion about what occurred at the TUSD Governing Board meeting on April 26, 2011. Most, including board members and administration, do not know what actually led up to that moment. They could not know because they have not been involved with the school district for a long en…

A look at ethnic studies in TUSD

The TUSD Governing Board will consider this week whether to make some ethnic studies courses electives. Here is how ethnic studies courses fit into current graduation requirements:

Neto's Tucson: Aim to kill ethnic studies isn't new, hurts Latinos

In 1959, Adalberto Guerrero, a young Pueblo High School teacher, taught his first Spanish class specifically for Chicano students.

Adults used students as pawns in TUSD ethnic studies protest

It is fair to say the situation that occurred at last Tuesday evening's TUSD Governing Board meeting has caused this school district embarrassment.

Parents back youths who stormed meeting

A group of nearly a dozen parents stood up in defense of their children who stormed the TUSD Governing Board meeting, forcing its cancellation.

TUSD ethnic studies meeting changed to Tuesday

The TUSD board meeting  was resceduled to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at TUSD Headquarters, 1010 E. 10th Street.

Teen town hall focuses on TUSD protest

Teen town hall focuses on TUSD protest

In light of this week's protest at TUSD headquarters, a teen town hall about youth issues focused heavily on a discussion about ethnic-studies demonstrations and hinted that more are coming.

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