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Why Were Ethnic Studies Textbooks Delayed a Year?

The Texas Board of Education is delaying the order for Ethnic Studies textbooks by one year. The board voted recently to push back the purchase of state-approved African, Asian, Native and Mexican American studies for Texas high schools to 2017. Board member Thomas Ratliff says the delay was a financial decision. But Tony Diaz, an activist with Librotraficante – which last year […]

The Texas Board of Education is delaying the order for Ethnic Studies textbooks by one year. The board voted recently to push back the purchase of state-approved African, Asian, Native and Mexican American studies for Texas high schools to 2017.

Board member Thomas Ratliff says the delay was a financial decision. But Tony Diaz, an activist with Librotraficante – which last year launched a push to create Mexican-American studies classes for Texas high schools – tells Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin he believes other motivations are at play. He’ll share his views on this edition of Houston Matters.

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