TUSD approves $83M for racial-balance plan

2013-05-09T00:00:00Z TUSD approves $83M for racial-balance planArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Tucson Unified School District Governing Board approved the $83.3 million budget to carry out the district's plan to bring its schools into racial balance.

The vote late Tuesday was 3-2, with members Michael Hicks and Mark Stegeman dissenting.

The majority of the plan will be covered by $64.3 million in desegregation money. The remaining $19 million will come from existing federal and maintenance and operations funds.

The plan - known as the Unitary Status Plan - calls for the district to increase racial and ethnic diversity in its schools, promote integration in magnet schools and programs, improve the diversity of administrators, and reduce disparities in handling student discipline.

The budget still must be approved by the federal judge overseeing TUSD's decades-old desegregation case.

To view the plan and proposed budget, go to tucsonusp.com

Alexis Huicochea

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