An effort to return seven books that were removed from classrooms following the elimination of Mexican American Studies courses failed Tuesday with the TUSD Governing Board.

TUSD Governing Board Member Mark Stegeman brought the resolution forward but elected not to make a motion for a vote on the issue upon learning that he didn't have enough support for approval.

Board member Adelita Grijalva was the most vocal in her disapproval of the resolution, calling Stegeman's effort a "campaign strategy" and the "height of hypocrisy."

In January, Stegeman supported the suspension of the courses, which were found to be in violation of state law.

He said on Tuesday that eliminating the courses was the best decision for the district as a whole, but felt that the removal of seven texts, which occurred as a result, was no longer necessary.

"I don't think the irony is lost on anyone who has been paying attention," said Grijalva who did not support the dismantling of the classes in January. "If this were actually a true consideration of the fact that mistakes were made then I would happily be voting, but this really merely is words.

"None of the curriculum that goes with these books will come back."

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