In the middle of a budget crisis and possible school closures, the
Tucson Unified School District voted tonight to remove their objection
to the desegregation plan that includes Mexican American studies as the
core of its curriculum.
Such a plan aims to ensure that all students in the district, no matter where they live or what their ethnicity, will receive the same standard of education as all others. TUSD was sued in the 1970's by both a Mexican American family and an African American family who said their children were not receiving the same education as white students.
The Department of Justice joined the lawsuit as a plaintiff. As part of the settlement, the district has been monitored by the federal government, received funding, and faced restrictions to correct any imbalance for the past 30 years. But the proposed plan would provide a path to end that and ensure a unitary status in the district in about four years.
Once the federal judge receives the proposal, the district and the plaintiffs will likely find out in January whether the plan is accepted and what must be done.
JD Wallace will have more on this story at Fox 11 at 9 p.m. and KOLD News 13 at 10 p.m.
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