The former state superintendent was in court Tuesday defending his efforts to shut down a program experts said boosted Hispanic students' achievement.
A judge will decide whether Republicans discriminated against Hispanic students by banning classes that focused on Latino culture.
Mayra Arce even resembles Esperanza, the protagonist in The House on Mango Street, one of the 80-plus books that were part of the Tucson Unified School District's K-12 Mexican-American studies curriculum before the program was dismantled under Arizona House Bill 2281. But Maya isn't the main character of a book. She's the main plaintiff in the lawsuit against Arizona.