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Ethnic studies supporters gather in protest at education department

Supporters of an ethnic studies program in the Tucson Unified School District are gathered in front of the offices of the Department of Education. About a dozen people showed up Monday and held signs accusing the department of a policy of attacking Arizona Latinos.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has launched an investigation into the TUSD’s Mexican-American Studies program.

Former school’s chief Tom Horne declared the program a violation of state law and called for its elimination hours before his term ended and he became Arizona Attorney General.

The protesters say they plan a daily rally and will hold Huppenthal responsible for any detrimental decision he may make regarding the results of an audit of the Mexican-American Studies program.

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