Although the liberal frothing and foaming educrats in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) have been hand-wringing over the elimination of the biased ethnic studies program via actions taken by outgoing AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne, he has an unlikely advocate for the law which went into effect yesterday. Today’s newspaper editorial, District must stop citing bogus data, is a must read.
Superintendent Horne has long protested the program and was instrumental in passage of HB 2281 which “prohibits a school district or charter school from including courses or classes that either promote the overthrow of the United States government or promote resentment toward a race or class of people.” (Complete bill information here)
Today’s editorial rightfully calls the data used to buttress the claims “repeated constantly by [the program’s] defenders that students perform better academically as a result of taking ethnic studies classes and that they go on to college more often” — “academically unsupportable.” Further the newspaper states that officials who make such claims “are acting irresponsibly in doing so.” The editorial goes so far as to say the results “appear rigged.”
Yesterday the newspaper ran this report titled, Tom Horne: Tucson Unified School District runs afoul of ethnic studies law — which included Horne’s finding regarding the controversial program pursuant to the applicable statute A.R.S. § 15-112(A), the first draft of which he authored.
The people of the state of Arizona can rest easy knowing that that our new Attorney General Tom Horne now has the responsibility to ensure the effective enforcement of this law.