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Ethnic studies texts won’t be in Tucson classrooms

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)

Seven books removed from Tucson classrooms following the elimination of an ethnic studies program won’t be returned.

A resolution to bring the books back into the classroom failed to garner a motion for a vote Tuesday before the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board.

The Arizona Daily Star  reports that the book removal had caused an uproar among supporters of Mexican American Studies, who claimed that the school district banned the texts.

The district denied that, saying the books still were available in campus libraries.

Governing Board member Mark Stegeman, who brought forth the resolution, says keeping the books out of the classroom is unnecessary.

The board had voted in April to dismantle its ethnic studies program, which was found to be in violation of state law.

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