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US probes civil rights complaint against TUSD

Students work in a Latino Literature class which is part of the Mexican-American Studies program at Tucson High Magnet School. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Federal officials are launching a civil rights investigation into the treatment of Latinos in the Tucson Unified School District.

The Arizona Daily Star reported Thursday that the U.S. Department of Education is opening a probe for the second time into allegations of discrimination by the school district against Latinos.

The complaint, filed by the nonprofit Civil Rights Center, says TUSD officials placed restrictions on a recent Cesar Chavez march but not on other community organizations that were using the same district facilities.

Organizers say the march was moved after the district prohibited them from mentioning the elimination of TUSD Mexican American Studies classes.

TUSD has sent the complaint for review by outside counsel.

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