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Students, TUSD Board members react to MAS ruling

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Students, TUSD Board members react to MAS ruling

CREATED Mar 11, 2013

Reporter: Cory Marshall

TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) - Friday's MAS decision, ruling Arizona ethnic studies law mostly constitutional, is causing all sorts of reaction both in and out of the classroom.

Maria Teresa Mejia is a Tucson High School MAS graduate. The current University of Arizona freshman says she was heartbroken after hearing Friday's ruling.

"It helped me to think critically. It really helped me with my essays," Mejia said.

"It's really disappointing and it's really sad because we were hoping that this ruling would help us get our classes back," Mejia continued.

While Mejia looks back on the classes she credits for building her confidence, Tucson Unified School District board member Cam Juarez says the only option is to look forward.

"This to me wasn't an issue of education. This to me is an issue of equitable access," Juarez told 9OYS.

A MAS program supporter, Juarez says the ruling allows for comprehensive curriculum reform.

"We need to be real careful [about] how we move forward. Whether or not that's going to change the curriculum, the idea then is how do we increase student learning and student achievement," Juarez continued.

In a statement released to 9OYS, TUSD spokesperson Cara Rene says, "While TUSD is not a party in this case, it recognizes that the decision allows the district to move forward with the curriculum requirements of the Unitary Status Plan."