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Board To Vote On Mexican-American Studies

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AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas Board of Education is expected to vote on a hotly debated proposal that would create a Mexican-American studies course as a statewide high school elective.

Democratic member Ruben Cortez of Brownsville has called for creating the course — but openly acknowledges it has little shot of passing Wednesday.

The board has 10 Democrats and five Republicans, and opponents say the course would inject progressive politics into the classroom.

Others see it as unnecessary since young Texans already learn about Mexican-American history and culture as part of other classes.

Some of Cortez’s colleagues have said they’d support a broader multicultural course. But dozens of activists who addressed the board ahead of the vote say such a class won’t go far enough.

Texas public schools are now 51 percent Hispanic.

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