This Week's Program: Wednesday, April 4, 2012



ROBERTO CINTL RODRIQUEZ and ARCHIVED COLUMN OF THE AMERICAS In Tucson, Arizona’s Unified School District Governing Board amd Tea Party member Michael Hicks is taking heat following his appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Monday night. Hicks was featured in a segment discussing the School District's Mexican American Studies courses, which were dismantled in January amid a threat by the state to cut off millions of dollars in aid. The clip, 5 minutes, 25 seconds long, features "The Daily Show's" Al Madrigal interviewing Hicks and Mexican American Studies educator Curtis Acosta. The TUSD Mexican American Studies courses were eliminated after former Arizona Schools Chief Tom Horne and his successor, John Huppenthal, determined the courses violated a state law formerly known as HB 2281. The law prohibits courses that promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic race, advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals and promote the overthrow of the U.S. government.