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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
The Tucson Unified School District governing board approved
a list of 25 books for culturally relevant courses in US history and government
Tuesday night. The vote was close with three members voting for the list
and two voting against it. And those who opposed the district's
termination of Mexican American Studies two years ago had criticism of the
"We are bringing Mexican American perspectives into
this curriculum. There's not one Chicano author on the list that you're going
to approve tonight. How are you going to have Chicano perspectives with no
Chicano authors?" MAS supporter David Morales asked the board.
Culturally relevant courses are part of the districts
unitary status plan, which aims to satisfy a federal desegregation order. The
classes are part of the district's plan to show that students of all
backgrounds receive the same achievement opportunities. But Mexican
American Studies supporters said that while the classes show that the federal
order is working , these classes are no replacement for the ones they had a few
years ago. The district ended those classes after the state passed a law that
"I don't think our community fought here for so long to
simply leave it up to administrators or bureaucrats to say this is what you're
going to get. Because I think as a community we have a role in that and this is
the beginning of the process," said Roberto Rodriguez, a supporter of MAS
and a professor of the classes at the University of Arizona.
TUSD superintendent H.T. Sanchez told the board that books
and materials can be added to the list with board approval in the future.
"This is the list we have today. As with any
curriculum, as new materials become available or as teachers find information
that they find fits what they are working with, as they make recommendations to
us, will bring them back up to the board," he said.