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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The Texas Board of Education has issued a second call for ethnic studies textbooks for possible statewide use after a similar 2014 request produced just one, heavily criticized book.
Tuesday’s decision means publishers can submit textbooks for possible board approval next year.
Two years ago, the Republican-controlled board defeated a proposal to create a full Mexican-American studies course statewide. Instead of including a statewide curriculum, last year the Board of Education voted to include textbooks on the subject that high schools could use to create their own courses.
“Mexican American Heritage” is the only Mexican-American history text being considered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Critics have piled harsh criticisms on early draft copies of the book saying it is full of errors, leaves out facts, and promotes offensive stereotypes.
The textbook, describes Mexican-Americans as people who “adopted a revolutionary narrative that opposed Western civilization and wanted to destroy this society.” It also links Mexican-Americans to undocumented immigrants, saying illegal immigration has “caused a number of economic and security problems” in the U.S. that include “poverty, drugs, crime, non-assimilation, and exploitation.”
Textbooks adopted by the TEA become part of statewide-recommended instructional materials, but independent school districts aren’t required to include the books in their curriculum.
On Wednesday, the board is expected to preliminarily reject Mexican American Heritage, with a final vote against it likely coming Friday.
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