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  Need to Know: Banned in Arizona

Need to Know travels to Tucson, Arizona, where a years-long dispute over a Mexican-American studies program has tensions high.

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A history of taboo topics

To better understand the controversies of today, Need to Know looked back on a few of the taboo topics of the past to explore their trajectory into the modern public education curriculum and their current state in the battleground of Duarte’s “culture wars.”

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Read the report

Via the Tucson Sentinel: An independent audit of Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Department doesn’t support the declaration by state schools chief John Huppenthal that TUSD’s ethnic studies classes violate the law.  TUSD ethnic studies audit View Need to Know’s report “Banned in Arizona.”

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  Outlawed in Arizona

Need to Know travels to Tucson, Arizona, to report on a long-running dispute over a Mexican-American studies program. Supporters say the program has helped at-risk students improve their test scores and graduate high school, while opponents contend it encourages anti-American sentiment and subversive thinking.

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AZ House Bill 2281

The Tucson law states: THE LEGISLATURE FINDS AND DECLARES THAT PUBLIC SCHOOL PUPILS SHOULD BE TAUGHT TO TREAT AND VALUE EACH OTHER AS INDIVIDUALS AND NOT BE TAUGHT TO RESENT OR HATE OTHER RACES OR CLASSES OF PEOPLE… A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR CHARTER SCHOOL IN THIS STATE SHALL NOT INCLUDE IN ITS PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTION [...]

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Consider the turkey: Thanksgiving reads

Thanksgiving has had a central place in American life for well over a century — but perhaps not all the way back to 1620. And, at the center of Thanksgiving is, of course, the turkey.

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Pardon Me: The Turkey in American Life

Extending a loving gesture towards that larger nature – towards the living turkey and the larger ecology – is a way of reinventing our traditions in a way that remains quintessentially American.

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Internet regulation demystified

New plans for regulating broadband Internet has triggered a showdown between government policy and corporate and political interests. What does this mean for you?

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