Tucson, Mexican American Studies, desegregation, policy, federal oversight

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Continuing the Conversation


In the wealth of literature discussing Tucson Unified School District’s (TUSD) Mexican American Studies program (MAS), the focus has remained primarily on the political events surrounding the elimination of the highly successful MAS program. The federal desegregation case still pending in Tucson is rarely mentioned and never discussed in depth. In this article, we aim to address this gap in the literature by presenting two stories. First, we look at the story of the TUSD desegregation case originally filed in 1974 and its progress toward unitary status. Next, we look at the story of political scheming and maneuvering in Tucson and Arizona aimed at eliminating MAS. Finally, we discuss the impact of federal court oversight in the face of highly oppositional political forces and how equity and equality may be protected after TUSD is granted unitary status.

Locke Blankenship Timeline final.pdf (95 kB)
Revised Figure 1