The superintendent of the Tucson Unified School District, which has been shaken by a dispute over its Mexican-American studies program, announced his resignation on Wednesday. The superintendent, John Pedicone, is leaving on June 30, a year before his contract ends. Mr. Pedicone, the district's fifth superintendent in 10 years, said the departure would allow the district's governing board to choose a replacement in a nonelection year. Internal disagreements over the way the district handled the state's targeting of its Mexican-American studies program, banned by legislation that said it fostered hatred against white people, pushed other educational efforts off course, he said. The district eliminated the program last year under financial threat from the state, but it must now create "culturally relevant" courses as part of an agreement to lift a federal desegregation order.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.