Arizona schools superintendent decries ethnic studies ruling

Arizona’s top education official says she is disillusioned with a judge’s decision to permanently block an ethnic surveys ban that dismantled a popular Mexican-American surveys program.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said in a statement Friday the law was to prevent taxpayer money from money class that “promote the overthrow of the United States government or promote bitternes towards a race or class of people.”

She plans to meet with lawmakers to discuss a legislative remedy.

A federal judge ruled the 2010 law had discriminatory intent and issued a final judgment Wednesday proscribing education officials from enforcing the measure.

Douglas was named as a defendant when she was elected last year.

Opponents of the law say the class kept students more engaged and improved their academic performance.

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