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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP)The Texas Board of Education has unanimously rejected a Mexican-American studies textbook that experts say is rife with factual errors and anti-Hispanic bias.

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Wednesday’s 14-0 preliminary move must still be affirmed by a final vote Friday. But it likely dooms a textbook that has long been disputed.

Two years ago, the Republican-controlled board defeated a proposal to create a full Mexican-American studies course in Texas. Instead, it asked publishers to submit proposed ethnic studies textbooks.

Only one Mexican-American studies book was offered. That meant the Texas Education Agency (TEA) was considering “Mexican American Heritage” as an approved text for students in the Lone Star State.

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After reviewing the book academics and activists spent months highlighting dozens of inaccuracies and stereotypes. The book 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.”

The head of the textbook’s publishing company, conservative ex-board member Cynthia Dunbar, says there’s no legal basis for its rejection. She says doing so could spark legal action.

The TEA has also issued a second call for ethnic studies textbooks for possible statewide use. The decision means publishers can submit textbooks for possible board approval next year.

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