Students march in protest to dismantling of ethnic studies

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- High school students marched Thursday to protest the closure of TUSD's ethnic studies courses.

About 150 students from Cholla Magnet High School marched to the TUSD headquarters Thursday morning.

The board voted Tuesday to eliminate the classes.  State Superintendent John Huppenthal declared the classes to be illegal.

Under a recently passed law.  But many ethnic studies supporters want the district to appeal.

"It has to be part of the curriculum.  It is history of the southwest, it was birthed in the civil rights, it is part of American history," said Raul Aguirre from the Mexican-American Studies Advisory board.

The Mexican-American studies department will still exist, but the teachers will be assigned different teaching material.

Sixty-one percent of the TUSD population is made up of Latino students.