Tucson schools OK $500K in desegregation case

TUCSON, AZ - The Tucson Unified School District has agreed to pay the plaintiff's attorneys $500,000 in the decades-old desegregation case against the district.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the district's governing board voted unanimously this week to pay  attorneys for the African-American and Latino plaintiffs $250,000 each -- a fraction of the combined $2.2 million the parties have requested.

Superintendent H.T. Sanchez says the district originally budgeted $500,000 for legal fees for the plaintiffs' attorneys, but he took the time to outline other funds that are being funneled away from students as part of the desegregation process.

A recently released curriculum audit says the district's efforts to bring racial balance to its schools have failed.

The plaintiffs are now seeking relief from the court, but there is no deadline for the judge to rule.

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