Tucson Unified School Dist. could lose state funding over ethnic studies ban

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP/KSAZ) -- The Tucson Unified School District is at risk of losing state funding over its alleged failure to comply with a state ban on ethnic studies.

The Arizona public schools chief says that the school district is not in compliance with the ban that was enacted in 2010 and adopted by TUSD in 2012. Students and teachers have sued Arizona, claiming the ban is overly broad and violates free speech rights. TUSD has until March 4 to comply or lose 10 percent of state funding.

Tucson Unified School District is the city's largest school district, serving about 50,000 students in the area.

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