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Ethnic Studies debate: AZ Star takes a stand

The Arizona Daily Star was conspicuously absent last week when the TucsonCitizen.com was all afire with news and opinion and the Tucson Weekly included a background article about Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) Board President Mark Stegeman’s proposal to reorganize the district’s Ethnic Studies Program– post notably the Mexican American Studies section.

In Monday’s Star, they made up for their absence by publishing a front page story and an editorial. Here are the links.

New ethnic-studies plan causes TUSD board split

Proposal before TUSD board makes good sense

2 comments on “Ethnic Studies debate: AZ Star takes a stand

  1. Three Sonorans
    April 25, 2011

    It’s no surprise that the ADS would endorse the Vice-President of SALC’s position. What is surprising is all the Democrats not critical of the Pedicone plan to dismantle Mexican-American Studies.


    • Rebecca
      April 25, 2011

      unfortunately many of the democrats here are unwilling to take a stand for human rights. its an atrocity… i believe many good progressives will be seeking alternatives in upcoming elections…be it voting for a different party candidate or helping REAL progressives find a place on the ballot! regardless, HB2281 will be overturned in the courts, and key dems in pima county will be tallied up on the side of xenophobia and oppression in this civil rights struggle.  however, since many of these folks suffer from an acute case of white privilege, and continue to deny the existence of such, they will probably stay in a state of justification/rationalization and denial. certainly history will record it and they can reflect on their disgraceful actions with their grandchildren. what a legacy…somethin like bull connor & his supporters i suppose.


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I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

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