When Citizens for Educational Excellence was formed, the main priority was to work towards quality in education at various levels, which includes local school boards, community college boards, and country supervisors of schools; these are all elected positions that are determined by the citizens.
All that is required in the Tucson Unified School District level is to win 2 out of the 3 seats open this year to regain our majority on the board and to end this recent onslaught of anti-Latino and anti-Union votes.
A recall of the 4th board member, Michael Hicks, was also started in March 2012 and explored as another way to bring change to Tucson's largest school board. Since that time many pivotal changes have occurred that to bring about more permanent change in a more efficient manner.
Last week it was made public that both the Department of Justice and the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights would begin a thorough investigation into TUSD's treatment of Latinos. At multiple public forums this past week the community came out strong and united and in force and the federal government was there taking notes and listening.
It is clear that huge changes are coming to our district in a way that is more important than political with elections, but deep changes dealing with basic issues of fair treatment, racism, segregation, and the future of education in Tucson, Arizona, and the United States.
The earliest time the recall would have occurred would have been March of 2012, but with the DOJ and OCR more permanent change is available more immediately, and change is imminent, especially with a favorable Tashima ruling on the constitutionality of HB2281 expected any day now.
In order to comply fully with the federal investigations into Tucson Unified School District, including filing further complaints to documents the district's treatment of Latinos, Citizens for Educational Excellence will be officially ending the Recall of Michael Hicks and encourages all its members, and all parents and students in the district to comply fully with federal investigators.
Thank you everyone for your time and effort, and we now have the nation's attention, they have sent in federal investigators, and progress will come to TUSD!
For upcoming events that will be hosted by Citizens for Educational Excellence please stay tuned to our website at http://www.CitizensForEducationalExcellence.org