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Tucson district reviewing ethnic studies ruling

TUCSON — Tucson Unified School District officials plan to hold a closed-door session Tuesday to discuss an administrative law judge’s ruling that district’s ethnic studies program violates state law.

The district said in a statement Wednesday that it is reviewing the ruling.

The ruling backs up an earlier finding by Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal that the Mexican-American Studies program violated the law.

Judge Lewis Kowal ruled the program violated state law by having one or more classes designed primarily for one ethnic group, promoting racial resentment and advocating ethnic solidarity instead of treating students as individuals.

Huppenthal has 30 days to accept, reject or modify the ruling.

If he accepts the judge’s decision, the district has about 30 days to appeal the ruling in Superior Court.

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