Beyond what people outside of Tucson have heard about the MAS situation, there is also another story brewing related to TUSD Superintendent Pedicone and TUSD school board member, Michale Hicks. Both have begun to broaden their "concerns" to include UA Faculty. More on this in future, but at the moment read this opinion piece by long-time Tucson activist, Salomon Baldenegro. And read the comments to get an idea of the environment we are living here in Tucson/Arizona.
Salomón Baldenegro Special To The Arizona Daily Star
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012
For comments, go to: http://dynamic.azstarnet.com/comments/viewcomments.php?id=/news/opinion/tusd-board-member-hicks-now-stoops-to-slander/article_2adaf014-3943-5f4d-9c23-6b204305121e.html&h=TUSD%20board%20member%20Hicks%20now%20stoops%20to%20slander
Mexican American Studies opponents traffic in lies and, now, even slander. On Feb. 2, Tucson Unified School District board member Michael Hicks - in his capacity as a member of the board - was on the Garrett Lewis A.M. show (KNST 97.1).
On that program, Hicks compared the University of Arizona MAS faculty who participated in a recent "teach in" involving TUSD students at the UA to the notorious alleged occurrences of child rape at Penn State. Here's what Hicks said:
"While there (at the UA), the director of the Mexican American Studies program indicated that these children were going into their classrooms, with their adult, you know, college students, behind closed doors, and no one was allowed to go into the classes, to either get taught or educated or to be … I don't know. For me, I'm like, you know what? Penn State? You know, what's going on behind closed doors with our children?"
Due to copyright issues, go to the Arizona Daily Star for the story: http://azstarnet.com/article_2adaf014-3943-5f4d-9c23-6b204305121e.html
If you would like to hear the entire Hicks interview, go to: http://www.knst.com/player/?mid=21784698&station=KNST-AM&program_id=interviews.xml&program_name=podcast
* Regarding the death threats, the trial for the person issuing the death threats against me is scheduled for April 10.