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Historia XITO - Momentum in Arizona!

Historia XITO - Momentum in Arizona!

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 August 27, 2014
 
Dear Roberto,
 
Did you hear the news from Arizona?
 
Both Attorney General Tom Horne and Superintendent of Instruction John Huppenthal, who destroyed the Mexican  American Studies (MAS) program in Tucson, lost their primary
 
races for re-election! Horne and Huppenthal continue to  vow to crusade against Mexican American Studies and prevent Chican@ and Latin@ students from enrolling in a program that is proven to increase their chances to graduate high school and go on to college.
 
Since the unjust banning of MAS in 2012, the Xican@ Institute
 
for Teaching & Organizing (XITO) has led the way in keeping
 
the MAS alive for the youth in Tucson. XITO has been the home for the Chican@ Literature, Art and Social Studies (CLASS) program, where high school students receive free college credit to learn the precious and beautiful knowledge that led to unprecedented success for Chican@/Latin@ youth, and what the likes of Horne and Huppenthal intended to obliterate.
 
Through generous donations in the past, Tucson youth have not only been able to acquire college credit but also present at
 
national conferences and other life transforming events.
 
Unlike Horne and Huppenthal, MAS and XITO are about  building beautiful opportunities for youth and not destruction, and XITO continues to grow!
 
Inside the XITO Institute
 
"There's no other workshop that has helped me and my communidad be more reflective and transformative, and no other workshop allowed me to create  plans for additional transformation." - XITO Institute  participant 2014
 
The Xican@ Institute for Teaching & Organizing has continued the legacy of MAS by offering professional development in the pedagogy and philosophy of the banned program. XITO's recent summer institute included educators and organizers
 
from over thirty cities and school districts committed to infusing their curriculum with MAS and impacting the youth in their communities in a positive manner. In order to reach as many teachers and districts as possible, XITO needs your support.
 
Please consider donating to XITO's scholarship fund to ensure
 
that educators from across the country can have access to our professional development institutes and that youth are exposed to to culturally responsive teaching! Any donation helps as our organization is very young and still building capacity to meet the high demand from teachers and districts.
 
DONATE TO XITO Horne and Huppenthal will not be re-elected but our struggle continues as we face an appeal of HB2281 in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and these anti-Latin@ laws continue to prevent our youth from the education they deserve. XITO is committed to keeping MAS alive and we appreciate your support!
 
In Lak Ech (Tú eres mi otro yo/You are my other me), XITO
Curtis Acosta
 
Sean Arce
 
 Anita Fernández
 
Jose Gonzalez
 
Norma Gonzalez
 

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