Huppenthal cuts off part of TUSD's money

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's schools chief ordered that a portion of a Tucson school district's state money be cut off after he issued a decision Friday that the district's ethnic studies program violated state law.

The decision by Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal mirrors his earlier findings that the district's Mexican-American Studies program violated state law and carries out his earlier threat to withhold 10 percent of the district's monthly state aid until it follows the law.

Huppenthal's office says the district receives more than $1 million per month.

The district appealed Huppenthal's earlier findings, and an administrative law judge upheld the decision by the schools chief.

The judge ruled the program promoted racial resentment.

The district didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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