Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a law banning the state’s schools from teaching ethnic studies classes. Brewer signed the bill Tuesday that targets Chicano studies programs currently being taught in Tucson schools.
Tucson Unified School District officials say the Chicano studies classes benefit students and promote critical thinking. "We don't teach all those ugly things they think we're teaching," said Judy Burns, the president of the district's governing board.
She has no intention of ending the program, which offers courses from elementary school through high school in topics such as literature, history and social justice, with an emphasis on Latino authors and history. About 3% of the district's 55,000 students are enrolled in such classes.
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