January 15, 2014
addictinginfo:

AZ Governor Uses ‘State Of State’ Address To Get Rid Of Child Protective Services

Governor Jan Brewer dissolved Arizona’s Child Protective Services (CPS) all on her own, and does…

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addictinginfo:

AZ Governor Uses ‘State Of State’ Address To Get Rid Of Child Protective Services

Governor Jan Brewer dissolved Arizona’s Child Protective Services (CPS) all on her own, and does…

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Filed under: what arizona 
January 27, 2013
Under Arizona bill, hospitals would have to screen immigration status of uninsured patients

(Source: think-progress)

December 20, 2012
The Numbers Behind English Instruction

thetart:

Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education last month showed that only 25 percent of English Language Learners in Arizona high schools graduate in four years. That number was well below Arizona’s overall 78 percent four-year graduation rate. It was also the lowest number reported in a spreadsheet of national data.

A main component of the current program is the use of a four-hour mandatory block of English instruction. While defenders of the program, including state superintendent John Huppenthal, have called its quality “the best in the nation,” the program also has vocal critics. Elements of the program — including how students are classified as ELL, how they test out of ELL and the separation of students in the four-hour blocks — are the subject of an ongoing Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigation. The model has also drawn scrutiny from some education experts and at least one member of the state’s English Language Learner Task Force that originally directed how the program should be implemented. In terms of how to measure the ELL educational success, one metric is how fast ELL students are reclassified into mainstream classrooms.

In Arizona, more than 30 percent of ELL students reclassified into mainstream classes last year. That’s higher than most states, and a point of pride for those who defend the state’s program. But critics say that many ELL students here are reclassified before they are English proficient, because the testing policies in place are flawed. Federal civil rights investigators agreed with that analysis. They found that tens of thousands of ELL students may have tested out of ELL classrooms prematurely, prompting a settlement with the state of Arizona that involves both a new test and additional reading and writing services for former ELL students.

It makes a body wonder just how badly the government of Arizona wants to educate students who need extra English instruction. Jan Brewer and Russell Pearce et al. certainly don’t want to give non-white people any other civil rights, so…

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October 16, 2012
"The wrongdoing, most of which has not been previously disclosed, was concentrated among military recruiters who often visit high schools in search of teenage recruits. National Guard investigators found that non-commissioned officers, known as NCOs, engaged in sexual misconduct, collected recruiting fees to which they were not entitled, forged Guard documents, and committed other offenses such as hunting the homeless with paintball guns."

Arizona goddamn. Again. (via motherjones)

October 4, 2012
Abortion law in AZ illegal, Justice Dept. says in filing

vochoice:

(Link to original article)

PHOENIX - The state has picked up a new, powerful foe in its effort to deny any public funds to Planned Parenthood for family planning services: the United States government.

In court filings, the Department of Justice is telling U.S. District Judge Neil Wake a law approved earlier this year aimed at cutting off all government funds to Planned Parenthood - even for non-abortion services - violates federal laws. Assistant Attorney General Joseph Mead said those laws clearly allow Medicaid recipients who would be affected to choose to get care from any qualified provider.

He said the state statute would essentially render half a dozen Medicaid regulations “meaningless.”

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Filed under: abortion arizona laws 
September 18, 2012
Abortions up 25% in Arizona after pro-life law took effect

stfuconservatives:

It’s almost like restricting access to abortion DOESN’T work!

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Filed under: abortion arizona laws 
July 31, 2012
Fatal Fetal Defect Counselors Brace For Influx of Families After Arizona’s Abortion Ban

stfuconservatives:

(trigger warning for abortion, birth, pregnancy, miscarriage and forced birth)

This is just unbelievably sad. Arizona has now banned abortions after 20 weeks since the pregnant person’s last period. And as usual, the main people who get late-term abortions — people who will not have a healthy baby and mom when it’s all over — are the victims.

Via thinkprogress:

MISS Foundation and Embrace are non-profits specifically working to develop birth plans for such families, provide counseling, and prepare funeral services. The Legislature has allocated no funding for these services, which are expected to kick into high demand once the abortion ban goes into effect.

About 100 pregnancies are terminated after 20 weeks in Arizona each year. According to Joanne Cacciatore, the CEO of MISS Foundation, one or two families a month currently seek their help preparing for a fatal birth. But they expect their resources to be stretched past maximum capacity soon. Cacciatore said:

This law may have intended to do good, but it can really adversely affect non-profit organizations that desperately want to help people but maybe can’t help the number of people who now come to us. We are already stretched very, very thin. I don’t know where this money would come from. […] They’re finding us on their own. I don’t know what will happen when the Legislature opens this up.

So: no babies are saved, the mothers’ lives are put at risk, and their insurance carriers have to bear the cost of a dangerous labor and delivery (not to mention ongoing prenatal care). Tell me again who this benefits? Oh, right, self-righteous pro-lifers who can pat themselves on the back for saving the precious babies from their grieving mothers.

(Source: stfuconservatives)

June 28, 2012
kyssthis16:

kileyrae:

“This is for our young C-SPAN [viewers]: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. These young people have overcome their very different national origins and become apparently a happy couple. I’m sure Justin helped Gomez learn all about American customs and feel more at home in her adopted country. Oh, wait a minute. I’m sorry. Because I’m not a trained Arizona official, I somehow got that backwards. Actually, Ms. Gomez of Texas has helped Mr. Bieber of Canada learn about his adopted country. Justin, when you perform in Phoenix, remember to bring your papers.” - Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)

kyssthis16:

kileyrae:

“This is for our young C-SPAN [viewers]: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. These young people have overcome their very different national origins and become apparently a happy couple. I’m sure Justin helped Gomez learn all about American customs and feel more at home in her adopted country. Oh, wait a minute. I’m sorry. Because I’m not a trained Arizona official, I somehow got that backwards. Actually, Ms. Gomez of Texas has helped Mr. Bieber of Canada learn about his adopted country. Justin, when you perform in Phoenix, remember to bring your papers.” - Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)

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April 5, 2012
Arizona Plans to Criminalize Passive Resistance

theworldisconfused:

humanformat:

gnarlybynature:sinidentidades:

Finding the traditions of Gandhi and Reverend Martin Luther King to be effective, the Arizona Legislature is working to criminalize passive resistance.

No more sit ins or die ins to fight corporate rule will be allowed. If you engage in passive resistance, you will be charged with resisting arrest. Because a sit in is just like shooting at officers to avoid detainment, right?

NO MOTHERFUCKING WORDS. NONE.

^^

Arizona should have its statehood revoked and be reestablished as a federal protectorate.

Seriously, Arizona perfectly encapsulates why states rights is a shitty idea.

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April 3, 2012
occupyallstreets:

Arizona Official Considering Banning Ethnic Studies In Universities Too
Two years ago, Arizona outlawed the teaching of some ethnic studies courses in K-12 schools, and now it may expand the prohibition to universities too.
Just weeks after the state passed its infamous immigration law, it also passed a law aimed at scuttling Tucson’s Mexican-American studies program, which critics claimed taught kids to resent white people. The argument, at the time, was that teaching subjects like critical race theory to kids in high school amounted to indoctrination because they were not old enough to question the teaching critically, like university students.
But now, Arizona’s chief education official sees university-level Mexican-American sudies programs as a danger too:

Arizona’s superintendent of schools, John Huppenthal, says Tucson’s suspended Mexican American studies curricula teaches students to resent Anglos, and that the university program that educated the public school teachers is to blame.
“I think that’s where this toxic thing starts from, the universities,” Arizona Superintendent of Schools John Huppenthal said in an interview with Fox News Latino. “To me, the pervasive problem was the lack of balance going on in these classes,” Huppenthal said.

Not surprisingly, a long list of Latino groups and education activists have protested the move, as they did when the state shut down Tucson’s program, decrying the imposition on free speech. “What we’re trying to do is expose children to a much broader perspective, so that we’re not indoctrinating,” said Augustine Romero, the former director of Tucson’s Mexican American Studies Department.
The ethnic studies law, which bans schools from offering courses designed for a specific ethnicity, had far-ranging consequences, including banning books like Shakespeare’s The Tempest and other seemingly anodyne works of literature.
And while many call the state prohibitions unprecedented, Devon Peña, the former director of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies said, “There is a precedent, and it’s called McCarthyism.” “It’s just a witch hunt of a different color. Now, instead of going after the reds, they’re going after the browns.”
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occupyallstreets:

Arizona Official Considering Banning Ethnic Studies In Universities Too

Two years ago, Arizona outlawed the teaching of some ethnic studies courses in K-12 schools, and now it may expand the prohibition to universities too.

Just weeks after the state passed its infamous immigration law, it also passed a law aimed at scuttling Tucson’s Mexican-American studies program, which critics claimed taught kids to resent white people. The argument, at the time, was that teaching subjects like critical race theory to kids in high school amounted to indoctrination because they were not old enough to question the teaching critically, like university students.

But now, Arizona’s chief education official sees university-level Mexican-American sudies programs as a danger too:

Arizona’s superintendent of schools, John Huppenthal, says Tucson’s suspended Mexican American studies curricula teaches students to resent Anglos, and that the university program that educated the public school teachers is to blame.

I think that’s where this toxic thing starts from, the universities,” Arizona Superintendent of Schools John Huppenthal said in an interview with Fox News Latino. “To me, the pervasive problem was the lack of balance going on in these classes,” Huppenthal said.

Not surprisingly, a long list of Latino groups and education activists have protested the move, as they did when the state shut down Tucson’s program, decrying the imposition on free speech. “What we’re trying to do is expose children to a much broader perspective, so that we’re not indoctrinating,” said Augustine Romero, the former director of Tucson’s Mexican American Studies Department.

The ethnic studies law, which bans schools from offering courses designed for a specific ethnicity, had far-ranging consequences, including banning books like Shakespeare’s The Tempest and other seemingly anodyne works of literature.

And while many call the state prohibitions unprecedented, Devon Peña, the former director of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies said, “There is a precedent, and it’s called McCarthyism.” “It’s just a witch hunt of a different color. Now, instead of going after the reds, they’re going after the browns.

Source

(via stfuconservatives)