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Arizona is facing new criticism tonight. Less than a month after state lawmakers approved a controversial immigration law, Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill banning ethnic studies classes that, among other things, "promote resentment" of other racial groups.
Tom Horne, Arizona's superintendent of public instruction, pushed for the bill. Horne has been trying for years to get Tucson school district to drop a Mexican-American studies program he said teaches Latino students they are an oppressed minority. Horne, a Republican running for Arizona attorney general, also said the program promotes racial resentment toward whites while segregating students by race.
We're keeping them honest. Tonight on 360°, we'll break down what's in the bill. Anderson will also talk with Horne to get his take on why he thinks this legislation is needed. You'll also hear from sociologist Michael Eric Dyson, who sees things a bit differently.
Tucson Unified School District officials said the classes benefit students and promote critical thinking. "We don't teach all those ugly things they think we're teaching," Judy Burns, the president of the district's governing board, told the Los Angeles Times.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles City Council has approved a boycott of Arizona in hopes of getting the state to repeal its tough new immigration law. The Arizona law requires immigrants to carry their registration documents and allows police to question anyone's immigration status. Critics say the law encourages racial profiling. Supporters say it’s needed to stop the rising crime linked to illegal immigrants.
In northwest China, another deadly school attack. This time a man stormed into a kindergarten with a kitchen cleaver and hacked to death seven children and two adults. 11 other children were wounded. This is at least the fourth attack on school children in China in less than a month. We'll get the latest on the investigation in a 360° Dispatch from John Vause in China.
We're also looking for your suggestions to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. After all, BP, which owns the well, hasn't had much luck stopping the mess. We'll share some of your suggestions tonight on the program.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.
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