TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Unified School District has insisted repeatedly that its ethnic studies program does not violate the terms of Arizona's new law placing restrictions on such courses. Are those statements true? A closer look at TUSD's teaching materials casts doubt on some of TUSD's denials. But even so, that does not answer the larger question of whether students have a right to study the material or whether Arizona has a right to stop them.
Arizona House Bill 2281 has led to student and teacher protests and threats of lawsuits, and has drawn sharp criticism from United Nations human rights experts. The backlash erupted even though the measure does not ban ethnic studies programs outright. Instead, it places restrictions on them. Specifically, schools cannot present instructional material that advocates the overthrow of the U.S. government, promotes resentment toward
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