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Federal judge says Arizona’s ban on Mexican American studies is racially discriminatory

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Hispanic advocates leave the courthouse in Tucson after federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a trial to assess whether an Arizona law that was passed to ban a Mexican-American studies curriculum in Tucson’s public schools intentionally discriminates against Hispanics./ ROQUE PLANAS/HUFFPOST

By Jaweed Kaleem | Los Angeles Times

A federal judge in Arizona ruled Tuesday that the state’s controversial ban on ethnic studies was motivated by racial discrimination.

The decision from Judge A. Wallace Tashima, a federal appeals court judge sitting in the district court in Arizona, came in a lawsuit brought by students against the state’s top education official. It is a major blow to a state law that resulted in the closure of a Mexican American studies program in Tucson.

Proponents of the program have argued that the 2010 law, which in part banned courses designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group, was effectively racist and targeted Mexican Americans and other minority groups.

Tucson dropped its Mexican American studies program in 2012 under threat of losing state funding.

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