Federal Court Finds Arizona School Officials Acted With Racial Animus

United States District Judge A. Wallace Tashima finds that the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Arizona and members of the Arizona State Board of Education with discriminatory intent. In a 42 page ruling, Judge Tashima outlines the extent to which state educational leaders went to discredit the Mexican American Studies Program. The ruling finds that the state violated the First and Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Vince Rabago Law Office filed an Amicus “Friend of the Court” Brief in this case, during an earlier summary judgment phase of the case in 2012, on behalf of the National Association of Chicana/o Scholars (NACCS), and 26 other national civil and human rights groups and scholarly associations, such as the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), a national 501(c)(3) organization, the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU); the National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project; the Mexican American Studies Department of San Jose State University; Chicano Studies Department of California State University-Northridge; American Studies Association (ASA); the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), and many others.

Here is the link to the Court’s Memorandum Decision finding against the State of Arizona. MAS-case-Memoradum-Decision-finding-against-State-of-AZ-FILED-8-22-2017

Here is a link to the Judgment entered by the Court: Judgment-as-to-liability-FILED-8-22-2017

Fall 2017, Volume 42 No. 1

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