Rally disrupts meeting, Board delays vote

Published: Apr. 26, 2011 at 10:33 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:25 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Supporters of the TUSD ethnic studies program took over the district's meeting room before the board meeting Tuesday night.

Protestors chained themselves together and were unable to be removed by security. The start of the 6 p.m. meeting was delayed.

The proposal before the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board would keep Mexican American Studies courses as high school level electives, but they could no longer be used to meet core state graduation requirements for social studies.

Instead, the material would be included in the broader history classes that all students must take.

New state superintendent John Huppenthal, who ran on a platform of eliminating the program, is now evaluating Mexican American Studies.

The resolution is being proposed by TUSD Board President Mark Stegeman, who is trying to get out ahead of state sanctions.

The state board of education is investigating ethnic studies and  most believe will issue a report in June .

The report may make changes in the program or could propose to eliminate it altogether.