Horne meeting with TUSD canceled over protests

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Protests Wednesday over the impact of HB 2281 on Tucson Unified School District's ethnic studies programs.  Students, teachers, and activists -- after hearing State Superintendent Tom Horne was meeting with administrators -- quickly organized a protest. 

They came because they're outraged.

Students as young as twelve walked out of school to protest State Superintendent Tom Horne's visit to discuss shutting down the ethnic studies program in the Tucson Unified School District. 

"My students are middle school students, so it's not quite at their level but they understand that it attacks their families," Wakefield Middle School Chicano Studies teacher, Alexandro Escamilla, is referring to House Bill 2281 -- signed by Governor Jan Brewer Tuesday evening.

Under the bill, programs that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government or resentment toward a race, face losing state aid if they aren't shut down. State Superintendent of Schools, Tom Horne, feels TUSD's ethnic studies program falls under that category.

Horne called yesterday asking to meet with administrators about the program.  

Angry students arrived at the state building, tried to force their way inside, but were stopped at the door.

It's likely their outrage won't keep TUSD's ethnic studies program from shutting down.

House Bill 2281 takes effect January first, 20-11. So far neither the district, nor superintendent Horne have made plans to meet again.