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Sole candidate for top TUSD job meets the community

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A crowd of about 80 people met the sole finalist for superintendent in Tucson's largest school district Wednesday night.  H.T. Sanchez addressed a variety of questions from the crowd through a moderator.  One question on many minds was whether they could count on him to stay long enough in Tucson to see out the changes to Tucson Unified School District.

"I want to be sure that where we are is where my wife and I feel very good and comfortable, and I want my daughter to be very set and secure within the schools and so that's very important to me, so moving her in two to three years is not something that I want.  And, the work that we have to do is going to take some time," Sanchez said.
 
Sanchez said that he has been in a district that has had to handle desegregation and that it requires doing so in the open, with all the parties who will be affected.  He also said that education is the civil right of the 21st century, and that any special education student should be afforded as many opportunities in general education as possible before being placed in special education classes.
 
"It doesn't matter if you have one or 100,000, if you're focused on doing what's best for each individual student, there will be commonalities among the needs and so it's really not a matter of skill, it's a matter of doing the right thing for each learner," Sanchez said.
 
"I really appreciated that, as a parent, that that spoke I think to everyone, not just some children," said parent Michele Orduna.
 
As for Mexican American Studies, the audience was rather cold at his response that he does not have enough information to decide whether it should go or stay.  When he was pressed on the issue, he said that if Mexican American Studies returns, the stories of all other backgrounds should also be included.
 
The governing board must now decide whether to offer Dr. Sanchez the position.

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