Ariz. ban on Mexican-American studies sparks enthusiasm for subject

03/24/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Latino and ethnic studies programs and classes increasingly are drawing interest of students, an unintended consequence of Arizona lawmakers' decision to eliminate Mexican-American studies courses in public schools. Some teachers from the Tucson program targeted by the ban now are in-demand public speakers or are teaching classes in the community. "Underground" libraries of Latino literature will be opening in communities including Louisville, Ky., and Milwaukee, said Tony Diaz, who heads Librotraficante (book smuggler), a group that raises money to buy books and open libraries to preserve Mexican-American studies.

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