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Tucson school district lifts ban on 7 books

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Seven books that were banned by the Tucson Unified School District following the shutdown of its Mexican American Studies program may make a comeback.

The Arizona Daily Star reported Wednesday that the district's governing board voted 3-2 Tuesday night to approve the books as supplementary materials.

The books include ``Critical Race Theory'' and ``500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures.''

The district faced heat over its interpretation of a new state law that banned classes which critics say encouraged the overthrow of the U.S. government. District officials ordered the end of its much debated Mexican American Studies program, sparking protests from Latino writers around the country who donated books for ``underground libraries.''

Mexican American Studies teachers have denied that the classes taught racial hatred.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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