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TUSD board to consider ethnic studies resolution

Teacher Curtis Acosta lectures his Latino Literature class, which is part of the Mexican-American Studies program at Tucson High Magnet School.

Teacher Curtis Acosta lectures his Latino Literature class, which is part of the Mexican-American Studies program at Tucson High Magnet School. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Some Mexican American Studies courses would no longer be used to satisfy core-curriculum requirements under a resolution expected to be presented Tuesday to the Tucson Unified School District board.

The resolution is offered by board President Mark Stegeman and has created a division among board members over a program that already has garnered the attention of state lawmakers.

The Arizona Daily Star reports board members Judy Burns and Adelita Grijalva have said they won’t support it and say the timing for its introduction is bad considering the state education department is scrutinizing the program to determine if it complies with state law.

Stegeman says he’s not trying to kill the program, but is trying to strengthen those classes by adding a significant component that focuses on the contributions and viewpoints of Mexican Americans and other ethnic minorities.

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