A federal judge has rejected a request to reinstate TUSD’s contentious Mexican American Studies courses.

The request was filed last month by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund on behalf of the Latino plaintiffs in Tucson Unified’s decades-old desegregation case.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge David Bury was  backed by Special Master Willis Hawley — the man charged with overseeing the development and implementation of TUSD’s plan to bring its schools into racial balance.

The plaintiffs argued that the courses are a critical component of a court-ordered document that the district is currently operating under.

However, both the judge and the special master agree that the discontinuation of the class does not violate the order.

Read the rest of this story in Tuesday's Star.