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MALDEF_Mendoza Plts, Et Al.

MALDEF_Mendoza Plts, Et Al.

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Published by: Carla Isabela García on Feb 03, 2012
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LOIS D. THOMPSON, Cal. Bar No. 093245 (Admitted Pro Hac Vice)lthompson@proskauer.comJENNIFER L. ROCHE, Cal. Bar No. 254538 (Admitted Pro Hac Vice) jroche@proskauer.comPROSKAUER ROSE LLP2049 Century Park East, 32nd FloorLos Angeles, California 90067-3206Telephone: (310) 557-2900Facsimile: (310) 557-2193NANCY RAMIREZ, Cal. Bar. No. 152629 (Admitted Pro Hac Vice)nramirez@maldef.orgMEXICAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE ANDEDUCATIONAL FUND (MALDEF)634 S. Spring St.11
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FloorTelephone: (213) 629-2512 ext. 121Facsimile: (213) 629-0266Attorneys for Mendoza PlaintiffsUNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONARoy and Josie Fisher, et al.,Plaintiffs,v.United States of America,Plaintiff-Intervenors,v.Anita Lohr, et al.,Defendants,Sidney L. Sutton, et al.,Defendant-Intervenors,)))))))))))))))))))))
Case No. 4:74-CV-00090-DCBMENDOZA PLAINTIFFS’RESPONSE TO NOTICE TOCOURT CONCERNINGSUSPENSION OF MEXICANAMERICAN STUDIES COURSESAND REQUEST FOR SPECIALMASTER TO TAKE ACTION
MENDOZA PLAINTIFFS’ RESPONSE TO NOTICE TO COURT CONCERNING SUSPENSION OF MEXICAN AMERICANSTUDIES COURSES AND REQUEST FOR SPECIAL MASTER TO TAKE ACTION
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Maria Mendoza, et al.,Plaintiffs,United States of America,Plaintiff-Intervenor,v.Tucson United School District No. One, etal.,Defendants.))))))))))))))
Case No. CV 74-204 TUC DCB
INTRODUCTION
The Tucson Unified School District’s (“TUSD” or “District”) “suspension” of Mexican American Studies courses and teaching activities violates the Post UnitaryStatus Plan (“PUSP”) approved by this Court and currently in effect. MexicanAmerican Studies is an integral component of the PUSP intended to improveeducational outcomes and promote equity for Latino students. The District’s owndata demonstrates that Mexican American Studies courses have indeed improvedthe educational outcomes of Latino students.Notwithstanding that data, which the District has championed in otherdocuments it has filed with the Court, the District elected to “suspend” those coursesrather than challenge the finding of the State Superintendent of Public Instructionthat the courses violated state law. By taking such action, the District flaunted the
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authority of the District Court and the Special Master because those courses arespecifically required by the court ordered and court approved PUSP.TUSD’s “suspension” of these courses follows years of neglect of itsobligations to the District’s Latino students under the PUSP including its obligationsto address academic performance gaps as they impact Hispanic students. MendozaPlaintiffs request that the Special Master and District Court enforce the PUSP andreinstate Mexican American Studies courses and teaching activities in accordancewith the mandates of the Plan and direct the District to implement and regularlymonitor in good faith all provisions of the Action Plan for Mexican AmericanStudies as set forth in the PUSP.
TUSD’S “SUSPENSION” OF MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIESCOURSES AND TEACHING ACTIVITIES VIOLATES THE PUSPGOVERNING THIS CASE
In its Opinion dated July 19, 2011, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals orderedthe District Court to maintain jurisdiction over TUSD until the District attainsunitary status. Thereafter, the District Court expressly held that “[u]ntil a unitarystatus Plan is developed to replace the PUSP, it remains in place.” (Order filedSeptember 14, 2011, Docket No. 1320, at 3: 18-19.) Further, by Order filed January6, 2012, appointing the Special Master, the District Court expressly provided thatthe Special Master “shall …oversee the [PUSP] currently in force until such time asthe USP is formulated.” (Order filed January 6, 2012, Docket No. 1350, at 2:23-24.)
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