The TUSD Governing Board should to appeal the expected finding from Arizona Schools Chief John Huppenthal on the district’s Mexican American Studies program, a community advisory group says.
The Mexican American Studies Community Advisory Board gathered outside of TUSD Headquarters Thursday morning, asking the district to “defend the students and the program” from attacks by politicians.
The advisory board has been in place for more than a decade, It is made up of community leaders, business owners, educators and students.
The call to action came as TUSD waits for a final finding from Huppenthal on whether the program is in violation of state law.
Last year, Huppenthal declared that the program courses promote racial resentment, are designed primarily for one ethnic group and advocate for ethnic solidarity instead of treating pupils as individuals.
The case was reviewed by an independent administrative law judge who recommended that Huppenthal uphold his decision.
Should Huppenthal stand by his initial declaration, TUSD is at risk of losing millions in state aid until it can come into compliance.