A civil-rights complaint regarding TUSD's treatment of Latinos has been resolved through a voluntary agreement with the district.
The complaint, filed by the nonprofit Civil Rights Center Inc., alleged that the Tucson Unified School District discriminated against Latinos by placing restrictions on the annual Cesar Chavez march without placing similar restrictions on other organizations' events that have been held on TUSD property.
TUSD did not agree its actions were discriminatory.
But the district agreed to review and update its procedures to ensure that it does not discriminate in how it responds to requests to hold events on district property, to provide training on its procedures, and to report to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights all requests it receives to hold events on district property and explain any requests that it denies.
The Office of Civil Rights will monitor TUSD's compliance with the agreement, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education.
Had a voluntary agreement not been reached, the complaint could have been forwarded to the Justice Department for legal action or funds to TUSD could have been cut.
Traditionally, the Cesar Chavez march has begun at TUSD's Pueblo Magnet High School, 3500 S. 12th Ave., but was moved to another location last year after the district asked organizers not to discuss the elimination of Mexican American Studies courses.
Another complaint filed by the same nonprofit remains under investigation, the U.S. Department of Education said.
The allegation in that case involves discrimination against Latinos by attempting to limit their participation at governing board meetings by selecting a meeting room that cannot accommodate everyone interested in attending.
There is also a claim the district discriminated against minorities with limited English proficiency by failing to provide them with access to TUSD board meetings, the district website and board policies.
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