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Anger reignited over Arizona's ethnic studies ban amid director's ousting, 'Daily Show' airing
PHOENIX (AP) ' A southern Arizona school district's decision to oust the director of the newly dismantled Mexican-American studies program and a recent segment on a TV comedy show have reignited anger among protesters who took over a school board meeting and accused its members of being racist.
More than 100 protesters packed the Tucson Unified School District's meeting Tuesday night and defended the job of Sean Arce, director of the disbanded program.
Still, the board voted 3-2 against renewing Arce's contract.
The protesters were calling on the board to renew Arce's contract and reinstate the program, which a judge has said violated a newly enacted state law against classes that advocate ethnic solidarity.
Critics say the program demonized white people as oppressors of Hispanics while others said it was a more accurate depiction of historical facts.