TUSD struggles to get the basics right

TUCSON — Try as they might, the Tucson Unified School District administration continues to struggle to get even the basics down.

On Tuesday, that struggle came into sharp focus during Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo’s Diversity Initative (sic) presentation to the Governing Board.

The unfortunate misspelling amused some and confirmed for others that Trujillo is not ready for prime-time.

While the misspelling was amusing, the issue of the district’s desegregation lawsuit, which is at the core of the “Diversity Initiative,” is serious.

Although the federal court judge overseeing the 30-plus-years desegregation case  found that the district has fulfilled some aspects of the Unitary Status Plan (USP), he opted to maintain jurisdiction over the entire  plan until the district has met all required stipulations.

“The missing I from yesterday’s presentation brings attention to the importance of details in the deseg process,” said Governing Board member Rachael Sedgwick. “Going forward, I trust the admin will be very careful to dot their I’s and cross their Ts, in every action they take.”


  1. Also you can look at the past and the use of race to not take any action if the kids were found to cauing issues. Only the white kids suffered suspension etc and I think that program still exists?

  2. Enough already!
    Every serious study affirms that America`s youth today are the least racially divided ever and our success in ending racism in our schools is the envy of most countries. If there is any racism in TUSD, the fault probably does not lie with our youth so the only alternative is with the school`s employees or its governing board. However, the idea that we continue to have a problem of “institutional racism” in TUSD seems to me to be demonstrably false. Can anyone name a single act of racism by any current TUSD Board member or employee? Does anyone seriously believe that ANY TUSD student is being denied an equal opportunity for an education due to that student`s race? Finally, if anyone at TUSD is aware of any racism anywhere within the school system, it is their duty, their responsibility to report it, and if need be, to Superintendent Trujillo or any Board member to assure that it is dealt with promptly and appropriately in accordance with law and good school administration.

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