Tucson Unified board to discuss Mexican American Studies books tonight

2012-07-24T08:50:00Z 2012-07-24T09:18:04Z Tucson Unified board to discuss Mexican American Studies books tonightArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 24, 2012 8:50 am  • 

TUSD board member Mark Stegeman wants to return to district classrooms seven books removed as part of the elimination of Mexican American Studies courses.

His proposal has drawn criticism from MAS supporters, who are expected to rally outside the board meeting tonight as part of the Freedom Summer campaign.

Stegeman, who supported the elimination of the classes while serving as board president, will introduce a resolution to the board today.

The resolution, in part, reads: "The books which were used in the suspended Mexican American Studies courses shall henceforth be subject to the same rules for classroom use as are all other books."

The books, which include "Critical Race Theory" by Richard Delgado, "Message to Aztlan" by Rodolfo Corky Gonzales, "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Freire and "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos" by Rodolfo Acuña, were removed from TUSD classrooms in January.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at TUSD Headquarters, 1010 E. 10th Street.

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