The Republic’s Doug MacEachern writes that AZ School Superintendent Tom Horne traveled to the Old Pueblo to shine some light on the Tucson Unified School District’s planned race-based discipline policy. MacEachern reports that he “admires Horne’s moxie for facing down the education ideologues, but it appears he set himself up for the local newspaper — a thorough-going advocate of TUSD’s most radical policies — to whack him.” In addition to the biased news report, here is the snow-job editorial — a bit hard to take when the temperature is still in the triple digits.
MacEachern verifies that Horne has interpreted the relevant section correctly. Which brings us to the defense of the policy presented in today’s Arizona Daily Star story by TUSD Superintendent Elizabeth Celania-Fagen.
Fagen said Horne’s depiction of the policy “is really not the truth.”
MacEachern writes: That simply is not a fair reading of the Governing Board’s plan. According to the language of the Plan as adopted by the district governing board, African-American and Latino students are singled out because “TUSD recognizes that there are ethnic/racial disparities in student discipline actions,” and, as the Plan repeats several times, “special attention will be dedicated to data regarding African American and Hispanic students.”
To suggest, as Superintendent Fagen does, that African-American and Latino students aren’t singled out for any special attention in the Plan is utterly disingenuous. The Plan employs variations of the phrase “especially African American and Hispanic students” no fewer than seven times in the Discipline section, including this explicit reference:
“The district will reduce the disproportionate number of suspensions of African American and Hispanic students.”
No wonder increasing numbers of parents are taking their children out of the government schools, run by leftist ideologues and NEA unionists.