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Arizona schools superintendent denounces ethnic studies ruling

PHOENIX – Arizona’s top education official says she is disappointed with the judgment of the court to permanently block an ethnic studies ban that dismantled a popular Mexican-American studies.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said in a statement Friday the legislation is to prevent taxpayers ‘ money from the funding of classes that “promote the overthrow of the government of the United States or promote resentment towards a race or class of people.”

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

A federal judge ruled the 2010 law had discriminatory intent and issued a final decree Wednesday banning of education officials from the enforcement of the measure.

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

Opponents of the law say that the classes kept students more engaged and improve their academic performance.

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