Earlier this year, the Arizona State legislature passed HB 2281 which bans the teaching of classes which foster "ethnic solidarity" or "ethnic chauvinism." Educators at Tucson Unified School District's Department of Mexican American Studies say their courses are specifically being targeted by the new law even though students in their courses enjoy academic success.
HB 2281 is scheduled to go in effect on January 1, 2011 and will revoke 10% of state funding to any district found not in compliance. TUSD maintains that they are in compliance. More information is available at www.SaveEthnicStudies.org.