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Judge rules on recommendation regarding six Tucson Unified magnet schools

The judge in Tucson Unified School District's desegregation case issued a ruling in December 2016 that strips six schools of their magnet status. Dr. Willis Hawley, the court-appointed Special Master in the case, had made the recommendation for removal of magnet status for the schools in November. (For more information, read Court Order #1983.)
The ruling came nearly one year after Dr. Hawley and the Court allowed 11 schools an additional year to work on their integration goals.

Dr. H.T. Sánchez, superintendent of Tucson Unified, said the district will work to support the schools as they transition out of the magnet program in the future. The schools that are impacted are:

Cholla High Magnet School
Ochoa Community Magnet School
Pueblo Magnet High School
Robison Magnet Elementary School
Safford K-8 Magnet School
Utterback Middle Magnet School of the Arts
What happens next?

The Tucson Unified School District Governing Board must consider the district's next steps.

Each of the six identified schools has a transition plan for the 2017-2018 school year. The schools will hold community meetings to outline those plans. Schools will seek to retain desegregation funding to maintain certain programs, strengthen others, and/or to begin new academic programs.

What about Open Enrollment?

Open Enrollment/School Choice for the 2017-2018 school year began on Tuesday, November 15, as scheduled. Parents and guardians are encouraged to apply through open enrollment to attend the school of their choice.

Why didn't we postpone the acceptance of Open Enrollment applications until the magnet status of these schools was settled?

The first lottery typically contains the most applications and gives the district an indication of enrollment for the upcoming year. Delaying the process could potentially have caused delays in staffing the schools and in re-issuing teacher and staff contracts. In light of the nationwide teacher shortage, it's imperative that the district move forward with enrollment and staffing. The District will communicate with parents whose magnet applications are directly impacted by changes to schools' magnet status in the near future.

Tucson Unified School District will continue to keep families and the community informed on our website and on Facebook.com/TucsonUnified.