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Culture war brewing over ethnic studies in Tucson schools (access required)

The décor of Curtis Acosta’s classroom and some of the core principles that he is teaching in his Latino Literature class at Tucson High Magnet School represent the impact points in the upcoming clash between state education officials and the Tucson Unified School District over the curriculum used in the district’s Mexican-American Studies program.

At any point after the law takes effect Jan. 1, Arizona school officials may decide that the Tucson Unified School District is not complying with HB2281, a law passed by the Arizona Legislature this year that puts restrictions on ethnic studies courses, such as those offered as part of the Mexican-American Studies program in Tucson.

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Reza sues Arpaio, claims false arrest (access required)

The leader of a Latino advocacy group has sued the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on allegations that deputies illegally arrested him while he stood watching a protest in the days immediately following a judge's ruling on SB1070.

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GOP picks up seat long held by Brown in LD5

Republicans picked up a House seat in Legislative District 5 long held by Rep. Jack Brown, a St. Johns Democrat who is retiring. Republicans Chester Crandell and Brenda Barton easily outdistanced Democrats Prescott Winslow and Bill Shumway in the Nov. ...

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