Amazing that in Arizona you can't take a Mexican-American studies class, but you can take a bible class. From the Huffington Post, "An Arizona bill that creates a high school course for public and charter school students that teaches the Bible and its role in Western culture is headed to the Republican Gov. Jan Brewer's desk for approval." The bill passed the Senate 21 - 9 and will likely be signed into law.
FoxNewsLatino reports that authorities have no motive or suspects in the recent ambush of approximately 20 - 30 undocumented immigrants driving in the bed of a pickup truck. The shooters, dressed in camouflage stopped the truck, opened fire, then ran.
From EdWeek: Protesters showed up to a Tuscon school board meeting to protest their non-renewal of Sean Arce, the director of the now dismantled Mexican-American Studies program. When the board voted 3-2 not to renew Arce's contract, protesters reacted with anger. Also mentioned in the article is board member Michael Hicks' interview on the Daily Show where he said he based his opinion of th
From CNN: "Less than a month after handily passing Mississippi's House of Representatives, a controversial immigration law died this week in the state's Senate. The Mississippi bill would have required police to check the immigration status of people who are arrested. It also would have prohibited any "business transactions," including renewal of drivers' licenses and obtaining business licenses, for undocumented immigrants."
I wonder if Mississippi lawmakers are watching what's going on in Alabama.
Huffington Post: "Republican House Speaker Mike Hammon filed a bill that would make changes to H.B. 56, a partially blocked law that allows police and other government officials to inquire about citizenship status in a number of situations...Among the changes: Police would be required to ask about immigration status if they became suspicious only during traffic citations or arrests, not at any stop. It would also eliminate a provision that said renting to an undocumented immigrant could be considered harboring and clarify business' obligations in dealing with people in the U.S. without papers." Here is the fact sheet releast by Hammon's offic
Consider the source (I haven't checked the statistics yet, but you can here). Russell Pearce, the architect of SB1070, which is now under consideration for its constitutionality by the Supreme Court, has an editorial in Town Hall showing that undocumented immigration is down only by .1% in the US in 2010, but down 23% in Arizona during the same time. It would not be surprising if SB1070 is working to deter LOTS of people, especially immigrants and people of color. Arizona is now a very scary place to be.
The Immigration Policy Center provides essential reading for those interested in the Supreme Court's taking on the U.S. case against SB1070 on Arizona. Notable is that Justice Kagan recused herself from deliberations, likely because "she participated in internal discussions about the lawsuit while serving in the Obama administration". The 17-page document discusses what HB 1070 is, how it got to the Supreme Court, as well as other interesting and important details.
The Huffington Post reports that the NYC public schools has wisely decided not to try to ban specific words that they felt might make students uncomfortable. The district cited outcries from parents as the driving force behind the decision.
According the CBS New York, the NYC Department of Education is considering a list of about 50 words that would be banned from city-wide educational materials used with children (assessments, curricula, etc), for fear that their use could make children feel bad or uncomfortable. "The word dinosaur made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolution which creationists might not like, WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported. Halloween is targeted because it suggests paganism; a birthday might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses."
Strong op-ed from an Associate Professor from Trinity College in the Hartford Courant today about how schools discourage and disparage the use of Spanish in schools. From the article: "But it is not only state and federal policy that is to blame. The move toward English-only in schools in Hartford and across the country has its roots in poisonous views of Spanish speakers and other racially marginalized immigrants as linguistically and culturally deficient, and in the irrational fear that the presence of linguistically diverse populations within our borders threatens the primacy of English."