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Closing arguments expected in long fight over MAS program

Posted at 4:57 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 20:25:43-04

The long fight over TUSD's Mexican American studies program is about to wrap up in federal court.

In 2010, activists were so upset they set off smoke bombs in the TUSD board room because a state law led the district to shut down the studies program and the district fired the program's director.
 
About seven years ago, the state passed a law that led the state school superintendent at the time to declare the program illegal based on the claim that it promoted radical ideas and drove a wedge between ethnic groups.
 
TUSD killed the program to avoid losing millions of dollars in state funding.
 
Ethnic Studies advocates sued, to convince a judge to throw out the state law as racially biased.
 
The trial is nearly over, and closing arguments are expected on Friday.