Following an August ruling that the state's law was unconstitutional, on Wednesday a federal judge blocked Arizona from enforcing a law that would ban ethnic studies courses, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Wallace Tashima, a federal appeals court judge sitting in the district court in Arizona, said in his injunction that state legislators who passed the ban in 2010 violated the Constitution.
Tashima said the ban was “not for a legitimate educational purpose, but for an invidious discriminatory racial purpose and a politically partisan purpose.”
Tashima pointed to former Arizona state superintendents of public instruction John Huppenthal and Tom Horne, who worked to move the ban forward:
“Defendants were pursuing these discriminatory ends in order to make political gains,” the judge wrote. “Horne and Huppenthal repeatedly pointed to their efforts against the [Mexican American studies] program in their respective 2011 political campaigns, including in speeches and radio advertisements. The issue was a political boon to the candidates.”