TUSD taking public comment on new plan - Tucson News Now

TUSD taking public comment on new plan

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson Unified School District is taking public comment on a 60-page plan, which both sides agree if the district follows, all socio-economic backgrounds will be served equally.

In the 70s, a lawsuit was filed when African American and Mexican American families and employees said they weren't getting the same opportunities as white citizens.

The district has received millions in federal funds to correct the problem, even busing kids across town to mix up the diversity at some schools.

Right now the district is looking at school closures and it ended the Mexican American Studies Program to satisfy core requirements after the state demanded it do so or lose funding.

The plan says it must be brought back.

This plan has a special master who is supposed to resolve disagreements between the district and plaintiffs.

If not, recommendations on how to do so must be sent to the court with what they've accomplished so far.

Most at the forum tonight made note that Mexican American Studies needs to come back, but some say the plan isn't clear enough. "You have failed to take the courage, the courageous act required to spell out that which is required from the school district," said Richard Martinez, an attorney. 

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