Tucson students walk in support of Ethnic Studies programs

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A group of students walked for miles Sunday in hopes of saving ethnic studies classes within the Tucson Unified School District. The programs may soon be eliminated under a new state law.

The morning started off with a special ceremony as demonstrators gathered for a ten kilometer march in support of ethnic studies classes.

Students held signs as they walked along 22nd Street, taking aim at the law threatening to ban ethnic studies by the end of the year.

Instead of respect, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne believes the classes promote racial divide, not racial equality. Some parents disagree.

"There's so many other ways to see the world so it adds perspective and it helps them be a better rounded individual academically," said parent Raul Aguirre.

Last week, eleven TUSD educators came together to file a lawsuit against Horne and the Arizona State Board of Education, to stop the new law from taking effect.

The showdown continues, even as ethnic studies face elimination December 31.

In a statement about the ethnic studies law suit, Tom Horne said he has "letters from teachers" detailing the racial agenda that takes place in these classes.