Los Angeles public schools president Monica Garcia was expected on Tuesday to propose a resolution denouncing Arizona's controversial immigration law and laying out ways to discuss the law in classrooms, according to La Opinion.
“The goal is to ensure that America is a place where all citizens are respected and treated equally,” she told the paper. “We still have hopes of being a just country that welcomes immigrants and do not use unfair methods to resolve problems.”
The Los Angeles Daily News states that school board members Nury Martinez and Yolie Flores have joined Los Angeles Unified School District board of education president Garcia in the move that would call for in-class discussion of the Arizona law “in the context of unity, diversity and equal protection for all.”
The Arizona law encourages police to check the immigration status of those they detain or arrest who are believed to possible illegal immigrations.
It has set off a cloud of controversy, including a headline-generating boycott of Arizona business by the Los Angeles City Council. The school board's move would also look at ways of reducing business ties between the district and Arizona-based entities.
Check out our piece about how an Arizona public utilities official dared Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to unplug the city from Arizona-generated power, which accounts for 25 percent of L.A.'s electricity.