Horne uses KKK as example to limit ethnic studies courses

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The heated back and forth over ethnic studies continued Thursday.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne filed a response to the motion filed by two Mexican-American studies students claiming the state cannot outlaw the courses.

In the response, Horne uses the Ku Klux Klan as an example to argue the state has the right to limit courses that promote racism.

"I'm making the point that the state does have the ability to prevent local school districts from teaching racist courses and using the KKK as an example makes it clear to people that obviously the state does have that capability," said Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.

"Quite honestly, the tone and the tenor of the response was surprising.  I found it unusually vitriolic.  And in that sense it's surprising and to some extent disturbing," said ethnic studies attorney Richard Martinez.

Richard Martinez, the attorney for the two students, hopes judge Wallace Tashima places a temporary restraining order on HB 2281.

That would not guarantee the courses would come back, but it would allow TUSD to consider it without the threat of losing state funding.