As always, the annual Institute for Transformative Education summer seminar, hosted by TUSD`s amply funded Mexican/American raza-studies program, was fun. So much racial bitterness to obsess over.This is not a good sign. Here`s what it`s a sign of:
Tim Wise, the ultra-angry Tulane University poli-sci grad who has made a great living finding racism under every doormat, was the featured speaker. Everyone was wowed. [MacEachern: Tucson schools create race-based system of discipline, September 19, 2009]
In a year in which hundreds of district teachers received pink slips, meanwhile, TUSD spent thousands on recruiting teachers from out of state.Tucson has a "heavily minority student population" largely because of Mexican immigration, mostly illegal. (Tucson is only 5% black.) So they are letting white teachers go and replacing them with minorities, partly due to Your Helpful Federal Government:
And it hired a coordinator at $80,000 per annum to lead the effort.
The recruiting was prompted by what is fast becoming the consuming passion of the TUSD governing board and its allies - to establish a corps of teachers that precisely mirrors the racial make-up of its heavily minority student population.
This summer, the TUSD board adopted a "Post-Unitary Status Plan" that it expects will help the district escape a decades-old federal desegregation order."Controversial" because it`s propagandizing for reconquista, which seems to be proceeding nicely in Arizona. But there`s more.Â School discipline in Tucson has had "disparate impact," presumably because the minority students have been disparately offensive. At least, that`s my guess. School administrators seem to think that it must be because of racism:
The plan includes increasing the number of minority teachers - per the summer hiring spree, which netted 14 special-education teachers and one math-science teacher.
It also includes a vast expansion of the district`s controversial Mexican-American studies program.
But consider one significant part of the plan for "improving" the academic status of TUSD`s Black and Hispanic students:Would social justice for all students include actual justice for white kids who are victimized by minorities? No, it wouldn`t.(Congratulate MacEachern.)
The board is calling for a two-tiered form of student discipline. One for Black and Hispanic students; one for everyone else.
With the goal of creating a "restorative school culture and climate" that conveys a "sense of belonging to all students," the board is insisting that its schools reduce its suspensions and/or expulsions of minority students to the point that the data reflect "no ethnic/racial disparities."
From the section of the 52-page plan titled "Restorative School Culture and Climate," subhead, "Discipline":
"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 approved creating an "Equity Team" that will oversee the plan to ensure "a commitment to social justice for all students."