Public Presentation on the History and Current Status of Mexican American Studies in Tucson Unified School District


Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:15 to 17:30

Please join us for the last in a series of public presentations about language and education policies in the state of Arizona.

(Room 530 in the College of Education)

Dr. Nolan Cabrera, Associate Professor

Department of Educational Policy Studies & Practice

University of Arizona

Kristel Foster, Governing School Board Member

Tucson Unified School District

Dr. Auggie Romero, Principal

Pueblo High School

Tucson Unified School District

We invite you to engage in dialogue with individuals directly involved in the history, development, and resurgence of the successful Mexican American Studies (MAS) program in Tucson Unified School District. In 2010, the MAS program was shut down in by the Arizona State Legislature when legislators passed HB 2281, a bill prohibiting the following activities:

Overthrow of the United States Government

Resentment toward a race or class of people

[A program] primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group

Ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals

Since then, MAS has returned as a new program -- Culturally Relevant Curriculum (CRC). The eventual goal is to establish CRC classes in all TUSD schools.

These public presentations have been organized as part of LRC 595a (Desert Dystopia: Language and Education Policies in the State of Arizona), a graduate seminar that has considered the ideological, fiscal, social and theoretical foundations that underlie contemporary state language and education policies.


For more information, please contact Mary Carol Combs at

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