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Aztlan Movement a Myth?
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|Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson -- July 25
TUSD board member now calls for an end to Mex-American Studies
TUSD Governing Board member Michael Hicks has rescinded his support for the district's Mexican American Studies appeal and called for the elimination of the program.
Hicks said last week that he regrets voting in favor of moving forward with the process and feels he was misled.
The appeal is in response to Arizona schools chief John Huppenthal's finding that the district's Mexican American Studies program is in violation of state law. TUSD now stands to lose millions in state funding if it does not come into compliance.
Hicks has said publicly that he does not believe the courses should satisfy core requirements and would rather see them as electives.
Initially, Hicks voted against filing the appeal but was swayed to change his position after being told that doing so would provide insight into what an acceptable remedy might be.
The Arizona Daily Star spoke with Hicks about his change of heart.
Q: Why have you rescinded your support for filing the appeal?
A: "In my simple mind, I was voting to find out exactly where we were in violation, and how we could fix that. But as I read through the document that explained our position, I see a statement about the law being vague on its face - at that point we were challenging the constitutionality of the law and that's a different issue.
"Questioning the law itself is what I oppose. I didn't vote for that."
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