L.A. School Board Votes to Use Arizona Law as Object Lesson
Posted on Jun 2, 2010
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted unanimously to condemn Arizona’s infamous immigration law, SB 1070, and to register that disapproval in the form of lessons on the subject to be implemented in local public classrooms. This development was not pleasing to some L.A.-area Republicans, according to Fox News. —KA
The school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to “express outrage” and “condemnation” of the law, and it called on the school superintendent to look into curtailing economic support to the Grand Canyon State. About 73 percent of the students in the school district are Latino.
But supporters of the law say the school board is way out of bounds and that the measure will just distract from the children’s education.
“This is ridiculous, it’s ridiculous for us to be involved in Arizona law,” said Jane Barnett, Chairman, Los Angeles County Republican Party. “There is a 50 percent dropout rate in some parts of the school district—is this going to keep kids in school?”
According to its press release, “The Los Angeles Board of Education also requested that Superintendent Ramon Cortines ensure that civics and history classes discuss the recent laws with students in the context of the American values of unity, diversity and equal protection for all people.”
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