Nov 26, 2012 10:18 AM by Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Tucson Unified School District plans to hold three public forums this week to gather comments on its latest plan to end federal oversight of its racial desegregation efforts.
A plan submitted to a U.S. District Court judge earlier this month focuses on balancing the racial makeup of schools, improving the hiring and retention of minority employees, and improving educational opportunities for black and Hispanic students.
The first of three forums is to be held Monday. Public comments gathered at the forums will be submitted to an official appointed by the court to oversee the plan.
The district has been under a court desegregation order for more than 30 years. The case began with a class-action lawsuit filed by parents of Hispanic and black students against the district.