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Desegregation & the Unitary Status Plan

Annual Report, 2015-2016 >>

For over thirty years, TUSD's desegregation efforts and activities have been under federal court oversight. In February 2013, the federal court adopted the Unitary Status Plan (USP) aimed at guiding TUSD towards eliminating the traces of past segregation and ending court oversight. A corrected version of the Unitary Status Plan was subsequently filed with the Court in November 2014 (to correct typographical errors only). The corrected USP is posted on this website. The USP outlines required activities in several areas:

  • student assignment (including boundaries and magnet schools)
  • transportation
  • faculty and staff assignment
  • quality of education
  • discipline
  • family engagement
  • access to facilities and technology
  • transparency and accountability

Motion for Partial Unitary Status

On March 7, 2017 TUSD filed its Motion for Partial Unitary Status petitioning the Court to lift oversight in the following areas:

  • transportation
  • family engagement
  • extracurricular activities
  • access to facilities and technology
  • accountability and transparency

Tucson Unified makes College Board's AP Honor Roll for gains

Tucson Unified School District is one of 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada honored by the College Board with placement on the 6th Annual AP®District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Read more...

Important Documents


For more information about the history, see the presentation on Desegregation in TUSD: 2012 and Beyond (in PDF)