TUSD holds public forums for 'unitary plan' - Tucson News Now

TUSD holds public forums for 'unitary plan'

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Happening today, Tucson Unified School District is turning its ear to the community.  There will be three public forums this week about a new plan to help TUSD end its decades old desegregation order.

Today students return to school after Thanksgiving break, and tonight families will be here to chime in on the district's plan. 

The district is creating a ‘Unitary Status Plan' to combat segregation.  It all started 30 years ago when two families, one Mexican-American, the other African-American, filed lawsuits.

This plan is how the district can get out from under that long-standing federal order. 

Some believe this new plan is the beginning of bringing back the controversial Mexican-American studies program in some form.  Of course TUSD wants to hear from the public, its students and families before it makes a decision.

There will be three meetings this week; the first is tonight at Tucson High School.  The second is at El Pueblo Regional Center at Irvington and 6th tomorrow night; and the last will be at Palo Verde High School near 22nd and Kolb. 

All three meetings will go from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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