- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Tucson Unified School District will cut 63 positions at the end of the school year.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/1KvbrtL ) that Learning Supports Coordinator positions will not being funded in the 2016-17 school year. Teachers holding these jobs will need to full district vacancies or leave the district.

The district has been placing the coordinators at more than 80 schools for the last five years. Coordinators work to implement and train staff on alternative discipline practices and help identify student needs in order to reduce the need for discipline.

The district was spending nearly $3 million annually to fund the coordinators and other court-ordered desegregation efforts. Desegregation director Willis Hawley has questioned the efficacy of the coordinators in that effort.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, https://www.tucson.com

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