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Anti-School Choice Group ‘Save Our Schools’ Endorses Racial Discrimination

March 14, 2023

The Arizona state senate advanced a historic measure this week to protect racial equality and prohibit public agencies from discriminating against individuals on the basis of race or ethnicity. Yet in a bizarre twist, “Save Our Schools (SOS) Arizona” has come out in opposition to this fundamental idea that all citizens deserve the equal protection of the laws, regardless of their skin color. Sponsored by Senator Justine Wadsack and building off a similar measure that cleared the state House of Representatives last year, SCR1024 would give Arizona voters the chance to strengthen the state constitution’s ban on racial discrimination, declaring among its key provisions that:

“This state may not under any circumstance disadvantage or treat differently on the basis of race or ethnicity any individual from among any pool of applicants, students, employees or contract recipients when making a hiring, contracting, promotion or admission decision.”

In an upside-down response almost beyond parody, however, SOS Arizona issued a statement this week declaring that such language “asks voters to enshrine racism in the state Constitution,” arguing the measure “would negatively impact student learning, teacher retention and teacher recruitment.”

Read the rest of the op-ed in the Arizona Daily Independent.

Matt Beienburg is the Director of Education Policy at the Goldwater Institute. He also serves as director of the institute’s Van Sittert Center for Constitutional Advocacy.



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