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Public comment, vote by TUSD on new cultural classes

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tonight the TUSD Governing Board will vote on a schedule for more culturally relevant courses. 

The Board already approved new culture literature classes to start this year.  Federal law says they have to have classes like this, but they still have to abide by the state law which is a fine line.

The Arizona Department of Education reviewed the culture literature classes to ensure alignment to the state's common core standards. 

Classes will be offered with both African-American and Mexican-American perspectives, and be available to all students through pilot programs at Cholla, Tucson and Pueblo High Schools at the start of this year.

As many will remember the culturally relevant courses are a requirement outlined in the Unitary Status Plan, a desegregation order mandated by the Federal Court.

Tonight the Governing Board will vote on approving a schedule for the implementation of culturally relevant history and government courses. 

If approved these courses could start later this year.  The public can start commenting on these two courses on Thursday. 

The Board meeting will start at 7 p.m. tonight. 

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