Estudiante anglo acusa al PCC de discriminarla

2013-07-18T12:00:00Z Estudiante anglo acusa al PCC de discriminarlaLa Estrella de Tucsón Arizona Daily Star
July 18, 2013 12:00 pm  • 

Un grupo que apoya las leyes a favor de que el inglés sea el único idioma está respaldando una demanda contra el Colegio Comunitario Pima (PCC) que fue presentada por una estudiante de Enfermería.

La estudiante dice que el ambiente de aprendizaje de la universidad "es hostil para los angloparlantes".

El grupo ProEnglish tiene sede en Virginia, y su página en Internet indica que apoya la demanda.

El grupo escribió en un comunicado de prensa que los funcionarios del PCC "maltrataron y discriminaron" a la estudiante Terri Bennett cuando ella se quejó de la situación.

La demanda de Bennett dice que ella fue suspendida luego de decirles a los funcionarios que no podía estudiar porque los estudiantes de habla hispana charlaban incesantemente y traducían en voz durante la clase.

John Munger, el abogado de Bennett aquí en Tucsón, presentó documentación a la Corte Superior del Condado Pima solicitando que un juez revise cómo manejó la cuestión el PCC.

The group demanding the city remove a religious shrine from "A" Mountain said it will not back down after the city of Tucson rejected its demand.

Last week, city attorney Mike Rankin sent a two-sentence response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation that the city has no plans to take down the Lady of Guadalupe shrine which has sat atop the mountain for twenty years.

Patrick Elliott, an FFRF attorney, said he was troubled by the city's dismissive approach to a serious constitutional breach.

"We maintain that the City's allowance of permanent Catholic shrines on public property confers government endorsement of religion," Elliott said in an email.

Elliott said his group is still weighing its options to the city's response.

The Sunnyside Unified School District will open traditional polling sites the district's November budget override election.

Sunnyside's Governing Board voted unanimously last week to have a traditional election, rather than have all mail ballots.

The district will pay about $115,000, mainly because it will consolidate voting precincts, which will reduce the number of polling sites from 19 to nine, saving about $20,000.

An all-mail election would have cost about $105,000.

Board members Buck Crouch and Daniel Hernandez Jr. supported mail-in ballots as a way to reach more voters while costing less.

But Board President Louie Gonzales and board member Eva Carrillo Dong said they wanted to provide an option for south-side voters.

The board previously voted to hold an override election at its June 24 meeting. If the upcoming override passes, it would generate about $9.2 million in its first year, officials said.

A group, which supports English-only laws, is backing a lawsuit against Pima Community College on behalf of a Tucson nursing student who claims the college's learning environment "is hostile to English-language speakers."

The Virginia-based group, ProEnglish, supports the lawsuit on its website. It said in a news release last week that PCC officials "mistreated and discriminated against" the student, Terri Bennett, when she complained about the problem.

Bennett's lawsuit says she was suspended after telling college officials that she was unable to study because Spanish-speaking students chat incessantly and translate out loud for each other during class.

Bennett's lawyer, John Munger of Tucson, filed paperwork in Pima County Superior Court asking a judge to review the college's handling of the matter.

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