Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The Arizona Daily Star is reporting that Tucson Unified School District Superintendent John Pedicone has asked the governing board to delay a vote on Mexican-American studies classes which is expected to take place during tonight's meeting, starting at 5 p.m., at 1010 E. 10th St.
Despite his call for a delay, the agenda remains in place, and the board is expected to vote on TUSD board president Mark Stegeman's resolution to change Mexican-American studies history and government classes to electives.
Pedicone says he has received input from community groups asking for an opportunity to have dialogue about the proposed changes. He says those groups have committed to participate in a discussion that focuses on an examination of current curriculum, the manner in which the courses are taught, and the district's perspective about the importance of increased levels of multicultural awareness across grade levels.
"In the interest of all concerned, the importance of discussing this matter tonight is clear but the decision to modify the program should come outside of an increasingly politicized environment that threatens the welfare of the community and our mission as a school district," he said.