Meanwhile, a committee of the Arizona House of Representatives, prodded by anti-immigrant and nativist groups, passed an amendment to a state homeland security bill that seeks to ban "dissent" and "race-based" organizations in public schools. The bill as amended would remove state funding from public schools that promote "any political, religious ideological or cultural beliefs or values that denigrate, disparage, or overtly encourage dissent from the values of American democracy and Western civilization." The amendment would prohibit "race-based organizations," such as the Chicano student group MEChA and the Native American Journalism Association. An Arizona Daily Star op-ed commented, "The measure is the latest attempt by anti-immigrant-rights ideologues to impose their will on a majority of Arizonans who, we believe, are tolerant of and encouraging of cultural diversity."
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|Title Annotation:||EDUCATION; bill as amended would remove state funding from public schools|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2008|
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