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Judge makes no ruling in TUSD ethnic studies case

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 — A federal judge has taken under advisement an argument to strike down a law targeting the Tucson Unified School District’s ethnic studies program.

The case challenges the constitutionality of the law formerly known as HB 2281. The plaintiffs are two current TUSD students.

Mexican American Studies educators who spearheaded the effort were also considered plaintiffs at one time, but couldn’t prove they would suffer irreparable harm and were found to have no standing in the case.

Former Arizona Schools Chief Tom Horne made an appearance in federal court Monday, speaking on behalf of the state as attorney general. He argued that the plaintiffs’ motion to have the law thrown out be denied.

The Arizona Daily Star says U.S. Circuit Judge A. Wallace Tashima gave no timetable for a ruling.

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