State officials irked by Tucson's culture course

TUCSON, AZ - Officials with the Arizona Department of Education say they have concerns with the new culturally relevant literature courses adopted by the Tucson school district.

The department says the school district's governing board prematurely approved the courses. The concerns center on whether the courses meet state standards.

The school board approved the courses on a 3-2 vote Tuesday. It's expected to vote on culturally relevant history and government courses later this month.

The state contends the curriculum for the literature courses doesn't align with academic standards and isn't in compliance with the law.

The school district tells The Arizona Daily Star ( that its schools are under a federal court order and mandated timeline to create classes with the specialized curriculum.

The courses are designed to replace the district's dismantled Mexican American Studies program.

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