Thursday, May 13, 2010

Arizona Gov. Signs Bill Targeting Ethnic Studies

Arizona Gov. Signs Bill Targeting Ethnic Studies: PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill targeting a school district's ethnic studies program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure.

State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the bill for years, said he believes the Tucson school district's Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by White people.

Public schools should not be encouraging students to resent a particular race, he said.

'It's just like the old South, and it's long past time that we prohibited it,' Horne said.

Brewer's signature on the bill Tuesday comes less than a month after she signed the nation's toughest crackdown on illegal immigration, a move that ignited an international backlash amid charges the measure would encourage racial profiling of Hispanics. The governor has said profiling will not be tolerated.

The measure signed Tuesday prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race, or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group.