The State Senate is scheduled to vote today on a bill that would prohibit Arizona schools from offering classes that encourage "ethnic solidarity."
The bill also bans classes "designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group." Pushed by state schools chief Tom Horne, its main target is a $2-million "Raza Studies" program in the Tuscon Unified High School District.
On the other hand, the program has reportedly boosted AIMS scores of its participants.
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Unlike many proposed laws, this one has teeth. If the government receives a notice that a school is in violation, the bill gives the school district 60 days to shape up or face a 10-percent budget cut.
The bill makes exceptions for Native Americans and classes of non-English speakers who are grouped together to improve grades.
However this goes down, hopefully it'll go quick. A long debate on this one could prove ugly.