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TUSD posts plans for 'culturally relevant' literature courses

Tucson Unified School District posted Monday curriculum outlines for "culturally relevant" literature classes that are required under a court-ordered desegregation plan. The district is taking public comments on the course plans until July 8. History and government course standards will be posted next month, officials said.

The posted curriculum lays out standards for 11th and 12th-grade literature classes required by a federal judge under a Unitary Status Plan.

Drafts of the curriculum were obtained two weeks ago by TucsonSentinel.com; the documents posted Monday are different.

The result of negotiations with the Arizona Department of Education, the draft "Mexican American Viewpoint" curriculum posted by the district is 43 pages. The earlier drafts were two documents, 15 and 16 pages long.

Also posted was a 41-page "African American Viewpoint" draft.

The district is seeking comment on the plans via an online form. Public feedback will be considered before the plans are submitted to the TUSD Governing Board for approval, district spokeswoman Cara Rene said  in a news release.

The proposed courses will be piloted at Cholla, Tucson and Pueblo high schools, she said.

"This curriculum has undergone intensive content and standards review," said Maria Menconi, a deputy superintendent for curriculum development. "In addition to reviews by state and national content experts, the Arizona Department of Education has also been reviewing the classes to ensure alignment to the state's rigorous Common Core Standards."

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"The district has asked that the Equity Center, at WestEd, a prominent educational research group, also review the courses for educational rigor and alignment to standards," Menconi said.

Teachers will be trained in the new curriculum this summer after adoption by the Governing Board, Rene said.

Students return to school on Aug. 1, while teachers are scheduled to return to work on July 29, according to the district calendar.

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Jun 24, 2013, 4:48 pm
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So.  Public feedback through July 8th. On 41 and 43 page documents.  Then the Governing Board has to approve.  If they do so, teachers have “the summer” to get trained. 

Uh..classes start August 1st in TUSD.  Pardon my french, but this is a clusterfuck…no matter how good or bad the proposed course curriculums are.

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