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Integration, Diversity and Racial Equity

Tucson Unified is fundamentally committed to the principles of integration, diversity and racial equity. Our programs, including magnet school, incentive transportation, family outreach, curriculum, and extracurricular activities, are all designed to fulfill this commitment.

This page, and the pages listed here, describe the measures we take to achieve integration, diversity, and racial equity.

TUSD granted partial unitary status in Court Order issued on Sept. 6, 2018

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, the federal district court in Tucson entered an order in the desegregation case originally filed in 1974, finding that the TUSD has complied in good faith with the most recent desegregation decree entered in 2013 in many respects, and setting a time table for completion of remaining issues by September 1, 2019, and termination of supervision after confirmation of completion of the remaining steps.

The current desegregation decree, together with the additional action plans required by that decree, amount to hundreds of different individual requirements with which the District must comply.   The Court’s order confirms that TUSD has met most of these requirements in the years since the decree was entered.  In particular, the Court ruled that TUSD has achieved partial unitary status with respect to its operations in the areas of student assignment, transportation, teaching and administrative staff, quality of education, family engagement, extracurricular activities, facilities and technology. In each of these areas, most requirements have been met, with additional items set out by the Court for completion by TUSD.

While TUSD is disappointed that the Court did not grant full unitary status, and continues to believe that for many reasons termination of federal court intervention in local district operations is long overdue in this case, TUSD is committed to doing everything it can to complete the remaining tasks set out in the order as soon as possible. But even more fundamentally, with or without federal court intervention, TUSD is committed to diversity, integration and equity for all of its students.

A Day in the Life...

Fulfilling Our Committment

  • In Academics
    Tucson Unified works to improve the academic achievement of African American and Latino students in the District and to ensure that African American and Latino students have equitable access to the District’s Advanced Learning Experiences.
  • To Behavior
    Tucson Unified considers its student behavior policies and discipline practices as part of the District’s overall goal of creating inclusive and supportive environments in schools.Tucson Unified commits to ensuring that students remain as often as practicable in classroom settings where learning happens. In accordance with the student code of conduct, and to the extent practicable based on the student behavior at issue, a variety of graduated positive behavior techniques will be used with the aim of preventing students from being excluded from the classroom or school.
  • To Community and Family Engagement
    Community and family engagement are critical components of student success. Tucson Unified will seek to continuously increase family and community engagement in schools, at family centers, and through the District's central offices. TUSD will seek to partner with and learn from families to design and implement effective strategies for meeting the needs of their children.
  • To Diversity
    Students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds shall have the opportunity to attend a diverse school. A diverse school is one in which no racial or ethnic group varies from the district average by more than +/- 20 percentage points, and in which no single racial or ethnic group exceeds 70% of the school’s enrollment.
  • In Extracurricular Activities
    Tucson Unified ensures that extracurricular activities provide opportunities for interracial contact in positive settings of shared interest and that students have equitable access to extracurricular activities regardless of racial or ethnic background or ELL status-to the extent practicable.

    Tucson Unified will provide a range of extracurricular activities at each school to provide students opportunities to participate in sports activities at schools at which they are offered, to develop leadership skills, and to pursue curricular interests and programs.

  • To Facilities
    Tucson Unified ensures that students have equitable access to facilities and technological resources.

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We are committed to integration, diversity and racial equity.


Tucson Unified demonstrates its commitment to integration, diversity, and racial equity in all its programs. In particular, the following programs are instrumental in achieving our goals.

Dual Language

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Gifted and Talented Education

Magnet Programs