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TUCSON, Ariz. ó The Tucson Unified School District has appointed a new director of Mexican American student services.

The Arizona Daily Star reports ( that board members voted 4-to-1 Monday to appoint Maria Figueroa.

Board member Adelita Grijalva says she voted against the appointment to continue her opposition to changes made in the district's Mexican American studies department.

The board had voted in April to dismantle its ethnic studies program after some state funding was to be cut off in response to conclusions by Arizona's public schools chief and a judge that the program violated the law.

The department will no longer administer courses and instead will focus on supporting Hispanic students to eliminate disparities in achievement, discipline and in other areas.

The contract of the previous director of the department wasn't renewed.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star,

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