FAQs Ethnic Studies Reviews

For the Mexican American/Raza Studies Curriculum scroll down the page

For the Raza Studies Related Research click here.

For the Superintendent of Schools Findings TUSD click here.

For an historical overview click here.

TU4SD receives many inquiries about Ethnic Studies and in the past there has been little information available, as a result we have posted some of the class materials below.

The public is often confused as the issue has been framed by ideologues and an uninformed press. According to School Board member, Dr. Mark Stegeman, “Among these, only the Raza Studies program offers an extensive independent curriculum, beyond language courses. Controversy has focused mainly on that curriculum.” All of TUSD’s other minority service departments under the misnomer “Ethnic Studies” offer a holistic approach to the needs of their unique students. Mentoring, tutoring, counseling, and language assistance are offered by the three other “ethnic studies” departments.

The following are snap shots of the Raza/Mexican American curriculum handouts.  We have been told by a person who identified themselves as a member of Save Ethnic Studies (saveethnicstudies.com) on December 14, that they were 'fine with the material, but we ask that you remove one teacher's telephone number on the materials.' We immediately took corrective action that same day. Contact TU4SD for a list of reading materials, and click here to view the Superintendent's findings.


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It is only the Mexican American/Raza studies department that chooses to use its monies on an age inappropriate, ideologically based curriculum and pedagogy that do nothing to develop those basic skills identified as necessary for future success.  The most complete work we have seen on the topic is written by Doug MacEachern of the Arizona Republic.

Dr. Roberto (Dr. Cintli) Rodriguez, Ethnic Studies Professor University of Arizona who is vested professionally in the program, orchestrates many of the Ethnic Studies students' protests states, “We’ve been hearing in the news about a commission or a study to see how to improve Raza Studies. The only commission that should be coming out of here is how to expand it and how to export it. And everything else is unacceptable.” Many present at the most recent School Board meeting demonstration by Raza Studies students expressed concern about Dr. Rodriguez and the control he seemed to exert over the students, especially in light of the fact that he is not an employee of TUSD. The adults of MAS seem to be the the focus and little attention is paid to the needs of the students. They are pulled into this controversy and it is a subject of their classes daily. John Huppenthal summed up the situation at TUSD, "Schools serving these students are among the worst-performing schools in Arizona. In a world in which quality education holds the keys to opportunity and success, these minority students are being consigned to a lesser future."

TU4SD believes that HB2281 is a flawed law and does not support it, however it was passed as a result of classes geared only to Mexican American students in Tucson Unified School District. Tom Horne recognized that the students in these classes were being indoctrinated rather than educated. They separated students by ethnicity and Americans have rejected that sort of segregation since the famous Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. Tucsonans United For Sound Districts is a nonpartisan organization that was invited by two of TUSD’s School Board members to weigh in on the subject of Ethnic Studies for elementary and secondary students and HB2281.