FROM THE SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION PROJECT
DIRECT LINK: http://socialjusticeproject.org/SJEP/SOCIAL_JUSTICE_EDUCATION_PROJECT.html
STOP DEHUMANIZING LEGISLATION IN ARIZONA
Call to Action,
There have been two legislative bills introduced with intentions of not only
eliminating ethnic/raza studies but also eliminating non-citizen children from
our public schools. Both of the legislative bills are supported by Arizona
senate and house representatives who have never placed themselves in
ethnic/raza studies classrooms. They are straightforward blatantly hateful and
intentionally discriminatory to all Latinos/Chican@s regardless of citizenship
HB 2281 (bill attacking ethnic/raza studies) states that any course, class,
instruction, or material may not be primarily designed for pupils of a
particular ethnic group as determined by the State Superintendent of
Instruction. State aid will be withheld from any school district or charter
school that does not comply.
SB 1097 (bill attacking non-citizen students) states that the Department of
Education will collect data on school districts’ populations of non-citizen
students and their identities. Data will include research on impact of
non-citizen students’ enrollment, and cost to taxpayers per non-citizen
student. Based on these data reports the State Superintendent of Instruction
can withhold state aid for those non-citizen students.
As several of us may already know, Arizona’s State Superintendent of
Instruction, Tom Horne, has come out publicly in support of
to this and may very well be behind these two bills. The legislative bills can
be found online here:
For those of you sincerely concerned about the right to a quality and
significant education for all students please take a moment of your time to
contact members of the senate and house in protest of these bills and share
Steve B. Montenegro
Phone Number: (602) 926-5955
David W. Stevens
Judy M. Burges
"First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I
was not a communist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I
did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist; Then they
came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out."
A NOTE FROM
Dr. Angela Valenzuela, Director
National Latino/a Education Research Agenda Project"
If the state of Arizona is serious about improving student achievement, banning ethnic studies is the wrong path.
Rather than limiting students knowledge of, and access to, intellectual content, that connects to students’ lives
Keeps them engaged in school. Research, experience, and common sense show that building, rather than, tearing
down bridges to the regular (state) curriculum promises to expand children’s competencies.
They become better writers and readers. They expand their vocabularies, grammars and become conversant in many areas as
their brains make important connections to concepts, facts, ideas, and opinions across the entire curriculum.
A common problem in our schools is that they dispirit youth with a drill-and-kill test-focused, reductive approach.
This is wasteful when we consider that many of these youth are bilingual learners who are poised to capitalize
on the kinds of skills and competencies that our global economic, social, and political realities demand.
To counter this, we [the undersigned?] need the kind of knowledge and engagement that Raza Studies provides.
Rather than cutting children off from valuable, life-enriching opportunities to learn about who and where they are in time and place, we should be democratizing students’ access to the knowledge they need to have to find their place in this world as contributing, productive members.
Dr. Angela Valenzuela, Director
National Latino/a Education Research Agenda Project