Steve Leal: How Will TUSD Finally Do What's Right?

The Ninth District Court-appointed special master is in Tucson examining Tucson Unified School District and it's failed desegregation plan. Former Tucson city councilman Steve Leal recently shared his perspective asking "How will TUSD be made to do now what they historically have shown that they do not care about and have refused to remedy?":

Things make sense again. Now that the Ninth Circuit District Court ruled that the prior Federal Court ruling was in grave error regarding Tucson Unified School District relationship and entire handing of the desegregation responsibilities. In fact, the Court of Appeals Opinion states, " The district court's own findings are fatal to its determination that a school district has achieved unitary status." The Opinion made clear that T.U.S.D. has not yet accepted the principle of racial equity.

The Judge further stated, "Accordingly, we do not hesitate to do so here. We reverse the court below and order it to maintain jurisdiction until it is satisfied that the School District has met its burden by demonstrating—not merely promising—its “good-faith compliance . . . with the [Settlement Agreement] over a reasonable period of time.” Id. at 498."

The main question as I see it is, how will TUSD be made to do now what they historically have shown that they do not care about and have refused to remedy?