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Seven options to diversify TUSD

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson's largest school district is considering options to lure students to different schools to help diversity.  The move could help satisfy a decades-old federal desegregation order.

About 25 people gathered in the Palo Verde high school cafeteria Thursday night.  They gave either a green dot of approval or a red dot to reject each option.  The school board will hear the public comment next week and consider it along with the concerns of those who filed for desegregation in the first place.  A committee of volunteers approved these seven options down from about two dozen.  The final plans will be voted on in August.

One option is to encourage students at the racially concentrated schools on the southwest side., which are the ones with more than 70 percent Hispanic students, to ride a bus to Howell or Sewell elementary schools.   The incentive is that those are A or B rated schools while the ones on the other side of town aren't doing as well.  But they are also slated to get assistance to do better.

"I bussed my daughter since she was in kindergarten because I was attracted to the program they offered across town. So,  it has some potential.  My concern is whether it gets funded," said parent Pilar Ruiz.

"You know, there's one area that's really full of one, Hispanics or Caucasians, or anybody like that in one area, so with the court order we have to find a way to separate it," said boundary committee member Susan Neal.

One more public comment meeting is scheduled for Saturday morning at Rincon High School.

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