H.T. Sanchez, superintendent of Tucson Unified School District, answers questions Tuesday about an agreement with state schools chief Diane Douglas to monitor the district's ethnic studies program through the end of the school year.  (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

TUSD should not lose state funding over its "culturally relevant" classes, the state schools chief has decided.

While Diane Douglas said she's concerned some teachers are not following the law when it comes to teaching the classes, she says the district should not lose about $14 million in funding.

Douglas is expected to announce the decision at a news conference this afternoon.

In January Douglas said she agreed with her her predecessor John Huppenthal that TUSD was violating state law. A 60-day compliance period was set ti expire Wednesday.

Douglas says she's been working with H.T. Sanchez, the TUSD superintendent, to collaboratively ensure that culturally relevant courses are taught in accordance with the law.

Her office will continue to monitor TUSD through the rest of the school year.

Huppenthal ruled the classes illegal during his final hours in office.

Violating the law could have cost TUSD $14 million in annual funding.

After meeting with Douglas in January, TUSD was sending the Arizona Department of Education documents related to the classes every two weeks.

Douglas also made a visit to TUSD to observe classroom instruction.