AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The Texas Board of Education has taken a final vote and has unanimously decided to reject a Mexican-American studies textbook that experts say is full of errors, leaves out facts, and promotes offensive stereotypes.
Friday’s vote means the book titled “Mexican American Heritage” can’t be used to teach Texas public high school students.
Two years ago, the Republican-controlled board refused to create a full Mexican-American studies course for the state. Instead, it asked publishers to submit proposed ethnic studies textbooks which high schools could use to create their own courses.
The only Mexican-American studies book submitted was the one rejected. Academics and activists highlighted dozens of inaccuracies and stereotypes in the book, including that Mexican immigrants were “lazy.”
Cynthia Dunbar, a former conservative board member whose company published the book, threatened Tuesday that legal action could follow if it was rejected.
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