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Including bibliography, plus seven photographs and/or images. Currently, Latin@s – specifically Mexican Americans – are the fastest growing student demographic in United States public schools. On January 10, 2012, the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) school board voted to dismantle its Mexican American Studies (MAS) program that served ten schools and over 1,500 K-12 students. The program was implemented in 1997 to improve the academic achievement, sense of belonging and graduation rate of Mexican American students. A study conducted by the University of Arizona showed that it was successful in doing so. However, through the subtle inner-workings of conservatives in positions of state-power, the MAS program was found guilty of: 1) Promoting resentment toward a race or class of people, 2) Being designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group, 3) Advocating ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals. The banning of the Mexican American Studies program in Tucson, Arizona marks the increasing attack and control of public education by “colorblind” politicians under an era of neoliberal education reform and the targeting of People of Color, specifically Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans in this case. I believe that the banning of Tucson's Mexican American Studies program is a nativist response to the social and academic gains made by Mexican American students, which is seen as a threat to White political power. Furthermore, this is not an isolated incident, but part of a historical trend of marginalizing People of Color to maintain a system of White supremacy. As the student population of Chican@s and Latin@s increases nationally, the banning of the Tucson's MAS program is equally as concerning for the nation as it is for Tucson.
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