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AZ Judge Bars State Intervention in Tucson Desegregation Case

Posted: Jun 14, 2012


TUCSON, Ariz -- A Tucson federal court on Tuesday barred the state of Arizona from intervening in an ongoing school desegregation case involving discrimination against Latino students by the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). Arizona sought to intervene in order to impose arbitrary restrictions on ethnic studies courses in Tucson schools based on a 2010 state law that targets Mexican American Studies courses.

“The court ruling stops the state of Arizona's singleminded and shortsighted crusade against ethnic studies and puts the focus back where it belongs -- on equal educational opportunity for all children in Tucson public schools,” MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz stated in a release.
 
As stated in the ruling, today’s case remains “first, foremost, and only about desegregation in the TUSD,” and not about the ethnic studies ban, its application to Tucson, or its constitutionality.

MALDEF continues to challenge the school district’s violation of the civil rights of Latino students through the effort to eliminate Mexican American Studies in Arizona.


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