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Tucson Schools Unveil Race-Based Discipline

By TheWatchman on September 22, 2009

During a summer seminar, The Tucson Unified School District unveiled a race-based disciplinary system in an effort to balance out the discrepancies between minority students and their fellow classmates.  The plan, titled the "Post-Unitary Status Plan", would specifically focus on "improving" the academic status of TUSD's Black and Hispanic students, with the goal of creating a "restorative school culture and climate" that conveys a "sense of belonging to all students."  To accomplish this, the board is insisting that its schools reduce the number of suspensions and/or expulsions of minority students so that the data reflects "no ethnic/racial disparities."

In Doug MacEachern's column for the Arizona Republic, he exposed an excerpt from page 52 of the board's plan, from a section titled "Restorative School Culture and Climate," subhead, "Discipline", which states, "School data that show disparities in suspension/expulsion rates will be examined in detail for root causes.  Special attention will be dedicated to data regarding African-American and Hispanic students."

The board also gave the go ahead for the creation of an "Equity Team" to watch over the plan to ensure "a commitment to social justice for all students."  In addition to the "Equity Team", the Tucson Unified School District spent thousands on recruiting teachers from out of state in an effort to establish a staff of teachers that reflects the racial make-up of its large minority student population.

It should be noted that the seminar that introduced the notion of instilling race-based discipline in Tucson schools was hosted by the Tucson Unified School District's Mexican-American/Raza Studies program. The program has faced a great deal of scrutiny in recent years for dividing students according to their racial group and teaching them separately.  The program is part of the district's Ethnic Studies Department, which also includes African-American Studies, Pan-Asian Studies and Native American Studies, altogether budgeted at roughly $2.2 million.  Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne has called for an end to the Mexican-American/Raza Studies program, citing his reasons in an open letter to the citizens of Tucson, which can be read here in PDF format .

Covering up racial discrepancies in student behavior by giving preferential disciplinary treatment based on race will only further damage the character of these students.  Perhaps the Tucson Unified School District needs to be reminded of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Children should not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

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  1. I now see why the United States of America is now at its death kneel. THey know minorities are dumb, cannot keep up with asians or caucasions so their solution is to continue to dumb down the education system further. That’s ok, that makes our job easier. We do not have to attack, we just watch it dumb down to a point of disbelief and then just march in and take over. Oh,we will not give preferential treatment to you. As far as we are concerned you are all infidels anyway

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