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Arizona Students Protest Mexican-American Studies Curriculum Change

Rowdy students took over a big Tucson school board meeting in protest on Tuesday.

It was described as a pretty wild scene -- and it's all over a Mexican-American studies class, a class that teaches history from a Mexican-American perspective.

The governing board of the Tucson Unified School District was supposed to consider a plan that would make the class an elective, rather than a required class, like it is now.

A state law passed in December basically discouraged the classes, saying they segregate students. The group that showed up in protest wanted no part of it.

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They took over the room, chanted "fight back," and basically ran the governing board out of the meeting.

Security tried to come in and tried to take the students away, but many of them apparently chained themselves together.

This isn't over though. The governing board is going to re-schedule its meeting to decide the fate of the classes.

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