Ethnic-Studies Classes Now Illegal in Arizona
(Christian Science Monitor) — A controversial Arizona law targeting ethnic studies in public schools will take effect come midnight. Like the state’s tough immigration law – which a federal judge put mostly on hold last summer – the new measure that Gov. Jan Brewer signed in May has sparked protests and legal action, as well as concerns about the future of education. The law bans classes that promote the overthrow of the United States government and resentment toward a race or class of people. Also outlawed are courses designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group and those that advocate ethnic solidarity rather than treat students as individuals.