Arizona lawmaker questions motives after TUSD pulls out of desegregation forum

Arizona Daily Star
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Hank Stephenson

An Arizona lawmaker is accusing the Tucson Unified School District of having something to hide after the district backed out of a planned public forum about its longstanding desegregation case, arguing the forum was actually a partisan campaign event for the lawmaker who organized it.

Republican Rep. Todd Clodfelter of Tucson said he organized the Deseg 101 forum to have a “nonpolitical, nonpartisan” discussion about issues surrounding TUSD’s longstanding desegregation lawsuit, including how it began, where the money goes and when it will end.

To that end, Clodfelter invited the Arizona Tax Research Association, a conservative tax watchdog group that has long advocated for eliminating the district’s $64 million desegregation budget, to take the stage with TUSD Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo on Tuesday, July 31, at Tucson Baptist Church.