Tucson Eliminates Mexican-American Studies Program

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The Tucson school district has voted to eliminate the Mexican-American Studies program, much to the chagrin of Mexican-Americans in the city.

The move came after the state threatened to withhold $1 million per month from the district after a court ruled that the program was actually against the law.

“I couldn’t justify seeing $15 million cut from all our students just so less than 1% can take the class,” school board member Miguel Cuevas told “And there was no evidence that the classes had any curriculum.”

Indeed, it was a mystery exactly what was being taught. District spokesman Andrew Le Fevre said the classes were poorly supervised and students would get extra credit for things like attending protests.

He also said students were taught how white people oppressed them and held them back, and how America took Mexico's land away.

Fox reports that in the court ruling last summer, the judge said the program violated state law because it was designed primarily for one ethnic group, promoted racial resentment and advocated ethnic solidarity instead of treating students as individuals.

The decision to end the program was not unanimous.

"This is an issue that is not going to go away by this vote," said dissenting board member Adelita Grijalva. "When bad laws are written, they are usually picked up by other states. This is an opportunity to fight a bad law."