Arizona Ethnic Studies Ban Appealed

Parents and students appealing the ban argue it violates the First and 14th amendments and goes against teachers and education expert recommendations.

By Von Diaz Nov 22, 2013

The Arizona ethnic studies saga may have a new chapter. A group of students and parents have appealed the March decision to uphold the ban with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing the ban violates First and 14th amendments and goes against recommendations from educators and experts.

The ban has been the source of fierce debate, with many arguing it discriminates against the dominant ethnic group in the region, and hinders academic growth. About 60 percent of students in Tuscon, Ariz. are Latino, and like Latino students in other states have some of the largest high school dropout rates in the country. An independent study in 2011 actually recommended Mexican-American studies courses at the center of this debate be expanded in the region, but instead the school district removed the curriculum altogether, and even attempted to ban certain books.

(h/t HuffPo Latino Voices