Curtis Acosta

Courtesy of Arizona Public Media

TUSD teacher and longtime Mexican American Studies supporter Curtis Acosta has resigned from the Tucson Unified School District. 

Acosta's resignation, which was effective May 22, will go before the TUSD Governing Board for approval Tuesday night. 

Acosta helped develop and taught Mexican American Studies literature classes before the program was dismantled amid a threat of a loss of millions of dollars in state funding. 

Since then, Acosta has worked to keep the program alive, teaching a Mexican American Studies course in which high school students can earn college credit through Prescott College. He has not, however, taught in a TUSD classroom over the last year, having taken a leave of absence to pursue his education. 

The longtime educator also founded the Acosta Latino Learning Partnership, an educational consulting firm that aims to help teachers, schools and educational organizations empower youth to find their own voice and academic identity through culturally responsive and engaging academic experiences.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea​

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