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Win for Mexican American Studies supporters

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson Unified School District voted on a plan that could help the district end its decades old desegregation order.

Tonight board members gave the green light for the return of Mexican American Studies classes.

It was a narrow 3 to 2 vote, but the board decided to not object to including culturally relevant courses as core curriculum.

Basically, Mexican American Studies could return as part of a federal unitary plan to end TUSD's desegregation order.

The board approved what it's sending to a federal judge and will know officially what it has to do next month.

Since neither they nor the plaintiffs object to the classes being core curriculum, this is a victory for Mexican American Studies supporters tonight, a much quieter one than the many that dealt with ending Mexican American Studies.

Supporters say a newer version of the plan going to the judge includes specifying Mexican American Studies as opposed to just culturally relevant courses.

If this is included in the judge's final plan next month, and why would he hold off of something both sides agree on, supporters say the classes could be offered in all high schools next fall.

 You can read the 60-page plan online to see what the district could have to do.

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