TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The latest desegregation plan
adopted by the Tucson Unified School district has been rejected as
inadequate by an expert appointed to oversee the plan by a federal
The overseer said a plan on magnet schools approved
by the district's board in September limits options for meaningfully
achieving racial balance in the district's schools. Special master
Willis Hawley said it will in fact have little or no impact.
The board rejected a magnet plan created by the
Hawley before adopting its own. Hawley's plan would have eliminated
popular programs at several schools.
Efforts to create a racially balanced school system
in Tucson date back to 1974. A federal court in Tucson last year asked
for a blueprint to desegregate the district.