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30 Minutes- HB 2281 Federal Case Filed
HB 2281 Federal Suit Filed (22:46) 2010-10-24 Amanda Shauger
30 Minutes- HB 2281 Federal Case Filed Tucson High Teacher Curtis Acosta
11 TUSD Department of Mexican American Studies filed suit in federal court for relief from HB 2281 on Monday, October 18. On Monday, October 18, 11 TUSD educators in the Department of Mexican American Studies filed suit in federal court seeking relief against HB 2281 because they say its enforcement would violate their rights under the 1st and 14th amendments to the US Constitution. They then held a press conference which featured: Save Ethnic Studies Project Director Deyanira Nevarez; Mexican American Studies Administrator Sean Arce; attorney Richard Martinez; educators Norma Gonzales, Curtis Acosta, and Alejandro Escamilla; and Tucson High Magnet School MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) organizers Ashley Bustamante and Angelica Peņaran.

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.