Freire Back in Tucson Classrooms? School Board Lifts Book Ban

Teachers will have the option to bring back seven books which were removed from Tucson classrooms in 2012.

By Julianne Hing Oct 24, 2013

On Tuesday evening the Tucson Unified School District’s governing board rescinded a 2012 ban of seven books taught in the district’s now-shuttered Mexican-American Studies program, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

The books were banned universally across the district, and were still available in school libraries, Tucson Weekly reported. Teachers who taught under the Mexican-American studies banner were barred from teaching from the books, which were boxed up and removed from those teachers’ classrooms.

Now they’ll have the option of bringing them back. The books are:

• "Critical Race Theory" by Richard Delgado

• "500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures" edited by Elizabeth Martinez

• "Message to Aztlan" by Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales

• "Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement" by Arturo Rosales

• "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos" by Rodolfo Acuña

• "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Freire

• "Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years" by Bill Bigelow.

The decision came after a 3-2 board vote. The two "no" votes came from Mark Stegeman and Michael Hicks, the board‘s two white men. Board members Adelita Grijalva, Cam Juarez and Kristel Ann Foster voted in favor of dropping the book ban.

This post has been updated since publication.