TUCSON, Arizona (KVOA) -- Arizona's Tucson Unified School District is asking for the public's input on its newly proposed curriculum for "culturally relevant" literature classes.
The state forced the district to ban its ethnic studies courses after a judge found the classes violated state law. Meanwhile, the feds are ordering TUSD to improve the quality of education for minorities as part of its desegregation order.
Maria Teresa Mejia is now a sophomore at the University of Arizona but she said her education while in a Mexican Studies class at Tucson High made a huge impact on her life.
"It teaches you how to be a better person... how to love and respect other people... how to be a part of a community," Mejia said.
She also remembers just how emotional it was when staff came into her classroom and took away those highly contentious books used in ethnic studies classes.
"It really disrupted the kids to see someone that you trust come in and take your education away," Mejia said.