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7 Mexican American Studies Books Banned From Tucson, Arizona Classrooms (SLIDESHOW)

Occupied America: A History of Chicanos, by Rodolfo Acuña

Latino Books Once Banned In Arizona

It’s Banned Books Week -- which is a great time to remember that Tucson Unified School District in Arizona still won’t allow seven books into its classrooms because they once belonged to a controversial Mexican American Studies curriculum.

The Arizona legislature passed legislation in 2010 banning public school courses promoting ethnic solidarity. Aimed squarely at a controversial Mexican American Studies curriculum in Tucson Unified School District accused by conservatives of politicizing the students, state officials told the school board to drop the program or face losing $14 million in funding over the fiscal year. When teachers and students challenged the decision in court, the school pulled seven books from classrooms -- all but two written by Latino authors.

TUSD says the prohibition doesn’t amount to a ban because the books are available in school libraries, and that the books removed were cited in litigation.

In honor of Banned Books Week, meet the seven books that Tucson Unified School District won’t allow in its classrooms.