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Tucson school board delays vote on ethnic studies

The Tucson Unified School District board is delaying a vote on changes to the ethnic studies program until it hears from the public.

Board President Mark Stegeman made the recommendation Tuesday evening to hold off on the vote on his proposal to make some ethnic studies courses electives.

Stegeman says once the forum is held, he plans to bring the ethnic studies proposal back to the board. The Arizona Daily Star reports details on when and where the forum will be held were not announced.

Some Mexican American Studies courses would no longer be used to satisfy core-curriculum requirements under a resolution supported by Stegeman.

Stegeman says his solution is to strengthen the traditional classes by adding a significant component that focuses on the contributions and viewpoints of Mexican Americans and other ethnic minorities.

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