The TUSD Governing Board voted Tuesday in support of offering “culturally relevant” courses for core credit beginning next school year.

The courses — supported by a 3-2 vote — would look specifically at the experiences, culture and history of Mexican-Americans and African-Americans. The classes are a provision in Tucson Unified School District’s Unitary Status Plan, which aims to bring racial balance to  schools.

 TUSD has been operating under a federal desegregation order for several decades and the plan is considered to be a road map on how the district can resolve the case.

In addition to the course offerings, the plan calls for improving the hiring and retention of minority employees, and improving educational opportunities for black and Hispanic students.

Read more of this story Wednesday in the Arizona Daily Star and on StarNet.