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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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The MLK legacy in Memphis

Playwright Katori Hall grew up in Memphis, TN., a city still haunted by the untimely death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her celebrated Broadway play, “To the Mountaintop,” starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson, was a musing on King’s last night. In this web exclusive she talks about the lasting legacy of Dr. [...]

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  Interview: New York City Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs

Anchor Ray Suarez interviews Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor of New York, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg is one of the most high-profile backers of the “Family Rewards” program. Gibbs talks about how changing behavior may help to lift young people out of poverty. In March 2007, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced his intention [...]

A teen in Memphis: The Commercial Appeal reports

Memphis native Chris Dean came into the public eye when in 2011 as an 18-year-old senior at Booker T. Washington High School he charmed audiences, local and internet, with his introduction of special guest President Obama.  Memphis Commercial Appeal editor Chris Peck was interested in Dean’s life before and after Obama’s visit. Dean, whose father [...]

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The rise of the charter school

City & State recently hosted a panel, On Education, featuring a cross-section of some of New York City’s most engaged proponents, including Chancellor Merryl Tisch, New York’s Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky, advocate Micah Lasher and parent advocate Zakiyah Ansari. At the panel, it became apparent that the national conversation around public education is represented [...]

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Where’s Alexander? Part VI: Young women at helm of U.S. politics

Here twenty-something single women, an electoral bloc instrumental in President Obama’s successful re-election bid, said they could breathe a sigh of relief after the Obama-Biden ticket’s re-election this month.

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  Need to Know: November 23, 2012: Employment’s new look

Need to Know profiles two innovative jobs programs at opposite ends of the country.