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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In just a few hours, as the school bells ring in Tucson, some students may be walking into new ethnic studied courses.

These potentially controversial classes start here at Tucson High School soon, it could be today or tomorrow, the time depends on which period the class is offered.

TUSD is calling these new classes ‘culturally relevant' courses, meaning they highlight ethnic studies, and will cover history, government and literature.

A district spokesperson points out that culturally relevant curriculum are a requirement of the Unitary Status Plan and are mandated by federal court order.

Students were already signed up for the classes now that everything is official, the curriculum in those classes will just transition to the new courses.

The spokesperson stated the teachers of these courses are ready to teach, having trained over the summer.  Specifics on that training were not told to Tucson News Now.

According to the TUSD spokesperson the classes will be held for one year and the district will evaluate how the classes are going and determine the future from those findings.

Depending on the reaction to the classes, the program may grow or change and possibly refined throughout the school year.

Three high schools in TUSD will have the courses, Cholla High School on the south side, Pueblo High School on the south side and Tucson High School in midtown.

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