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Court OK needed to close 11 Tucson schools

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TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

A federal court will need to give its OK before the Tucson Unified School District can move ahead with its plan to close 11 schools to save money.

The board approved the plan Thursday as part of its efforts to close a $17 million budget gap.

But because the district is still under federal oversight of its decades-long effort to bring racial balance to its schools, a federal judge must give approval.

Superintendent John Pedicone tells Arizona Daily Star the closures could help the district's desegregation efforts. The plan in most cases keeps the same level of integration or brings schools closer to integration.

The district has more cost-cutting ahead. The school closings will only pare spending by about $4 million. That leaves about $13 million more to cut.

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