by David Safier
No surprise here. Hupp and his DOE don't like the "culturally relevant" lit classes the TUSD board approved for the beginning of the school year. Let me rephrase that. It's not that Hupp, et al, don't like the courses. The problem is, it's not clear the courses will dot every i and cross every t of the state standards.
Yep, that's the problem. Because no doubt every other course at TUSD and across the state has been thoroughly updated to meet DOE's rigorous state standards. The Common Core curriculum will make those standards obsolete soon, but that doesn't enter into Hupp's thinking -- not yet, anyway.
TUSD is standing by its decision to begin the course -- for now, anyway. We'll see what happens in the few weeks before school starts, whether TUSD decides it doesn't have time to implement the courses and says it needs to wait another year or it sticks by its decision to implement the courses. This will be an interesting test for the new TUSD Supe. Will he show backbone, or will he hem, haw and go along to get along with Hupp?
This whole thing won't end quickly or easily. The district is standing between a Hupp and a hard place. It has to bend to the irresistable force of the court-ordered Unitary Plan, which is on schedule to run into the immovable object of the conservative's anti-brown, anti-TUSD, anti-"government school" campaign. Something's gotta give.
We have a newly constituted, more progressive TUSD board, and there's a new Sheriff Superintendent in town. Will they make good on their promises to change the district for the better?