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TUSD Mexican-American Studies course removal in court

Posted at 5:19 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 20:19:47-04
It's a debate that has lasted more than five years: the removal of the Mexican-American Studies course at TUSD.
 
Dozens of people gathered inside the U.S. Federal Courtroom in downtown Tucson to state their case.
 
For five years, the debate has gone on.
 
Supporters say the Mexican American studies courses showed positive signs in students within the TUSD School District. The supporters also say this program led to higher graduation rates and test scores.
 
On Monday morning, the debate landed in court.
 
The plaintiffs said the program eliminated by former TUSD Superintendent's Tom Horne and John Huppenthal was discriminatorily motivated. 
 
The defense said discrimination had nothing to do with their decision, rather that they were in violation of a state statue prohibiting 'ethnic resentment or isolation'. 
 
It is now up to a federal judge to decide if the elimination of the program was indeed discriminatory.
 
Huppenthal took the stand, and while being questioned, he admitted he had only ever visited one classroom where the MAS course was being taught.