Last night Kimberly Craft of KUAT Channel 6 AZ Illustrated interviewed both TUSD Board President Dr. Mark Stegeman and attorney Richard Martinez, who represents the 11 Mexican American Studies teachers in a federal lawsuit (See ethnicstudies.org).
The lawsuit is challenging the constitutionality of the recent state law (originally HB 2281) which governs the ethnic studies curriculum in the State of Arizona. Martinez also says that the proposed resolution put on the TUSD Governing Board agenda for April 26 by Dr. Stegeman is premature, pending the audit/investigation currently being undertaken by the AZ Dept. of Education and the pending federal lawsuit.
View the 12 minute KUAT interview (click here), or view it below:
Read Dr. Stegeman’s open letter to the public in response to the student “takeover” (by a youth-formed coalition called Unidos) of the April 26 board meeting (click here).
Stay tuned for date/time/place of this re-scheduled board meeting. Initial reports state that the meeting has been set for May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) at 5:30 p.m. at Catalina High School, but blogger 3 Sonorans has reported that the date has been changed to Tuesday May 3. I’m awaiting confirmation from the Director of Staff Services for the TUSD Governing Board. Catalina Magnet High School is at 3645 E. Pima Street (just west of Dodge Blvd.)
UPDATE: 3 Sonorans & AZ Daily Star reporting that this re-scheduled meeting has been changed to Tuesday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. back at TUSD Admnistrative office, 1010 E. 10th St.
Star article has information on the security measures to be taken: