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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.
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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