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TUSD making desegregation budget decisions, resulting in no jobs cut

TUSD
Posted at 8:27 AM, Jun 05, 2024

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — TUSD’s desegregation program is an issue that stems from when the district was involved in a lawsuit in the 1970s. African American and Hispanic students alleged the district was intentionally segregating them. Two years ago, a judge closed the case, leaving the desegregation program in the district’s hands. That includes the budget.

The district said the desegregation budget for fiscal year 2024 has a deficit of over $4 million, but they said that’s going to be completely covered by their maintenance and operations budget. They said their deficit for fiscal year 2025 has improved by about $2 million.

TUSD said during its last meeting, the board told the district they didn’t want them to change the desegregation and non-desegregation allocations for the transportation department. Under this new version of the budget presented on Tuesday, board members could technically make changes. Their financial department said they don’t expect them to make any.

The district said they did reduce spending in some departments like the transportation department, but it was so they can spend that money on employees who help with pandemic-related learning loss for fiscal year 2025. The district said jobs are not going to be cut under this proposed budget.

At next week’s meeting, people in the community can give their opinions on the budget. The district said the board is going to vote on the final desegregation budget on July 15.

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Andrew Christiansen is a reporter for KGUN 9. Before joining the team, Andrew reported in Corpus Christi, Texas for KRIS6 News, Action 10 News and guest reported in Spanish for Telemundo Corpus Christi. Share your story ideas with Andrew by emailing andrew.christiansen@kgun9.com or by connecting on Facebook, or Twitter.