Monday, March 5, 2012

Special Master, Judge Reject Petition to Reinstate MAS Classes

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM

U.S. District Court Judge David C. Bury issued an order on Wednesday, Feb. 29 that Mexican-American studies classes do not have to be reinstated immediately based on a letter he received Feb. 23 from the court-appointed special master Willis D. Hawley.

Bury's order was in response to a petition filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund based on the TUSD Jan. 10 decision to suspend the classes claiming the move was "out of compliance with the Post Unitary Status Plan."

Hawley, the court-appointed special master charged with developing and putting into place a unitary status plan for Tucson Unified School District,wrote in his letter that he acknowledge that the TUSD governing board decision represents "a violation of the Orders of the Court," and offered recommendations on what action the judge may way to pursue. However, Hawley wrote he does not recommend that Brury reinstate the MAS classes at this time.

"Such reinstatement would further disrupt the education of of the students involved and would impede the development of the Unitary Status Plan," Hawley wrote.

He continued that in his UPS will include "effective strategies for moving forward to ensure a quality education for all of the district's students, the majority of whom are Mexican American. "To place the focus on the USP process, you may want to direct all parties, once again, to participate fully in developing the USP as described in your September 14 and January 6 Orders."

Bury wrote in his order that "some provision in the PUSP were not implemented or only partially implemented by the District, and that on January 10, 2012, the District Governing Board adopted a Resolution to discontinue classes offered by (MASD). This Resolution discontinued courses that had been approved as part of the PUSP."

Then he notes the resolution was in response to State Superintendent John Huppenthal's order prohibiting the classes and threat to take away $4.9 million in state funding.

You can read Brury's order here MALDEF_filing.pdf and Hawley's letter here special_master.pdf.

Tags: , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Mari Herreras

Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
PiYo Strength Class

PiYo Strength Class @ Floor Polish

Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La!

This top-rated illusion show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending an international travel theme with all the charms… More

@ Scottish Rite Grand Parlour Saturdays. Continues through April 14 160 South Scott Ave

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Laughing Stock: The People's Pervert Does Christmas (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. UPDATE: Please stop sending your sweet, sweet turkeys! (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Steve Bannon Beats the Drum Against Undocumented Immigrants in Tucson Appearance (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation