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Social Studies Textbooks and the Hispanic Vote: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

For the first time since 2002, the Texas Board of Education is considering more than 100 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks, which publishers have submitted for approval and use in public schools statewide. While the board won’t take a final vote until November, a public hearing the state board held earlier this […]

For the first time since 2002, the Texas Board of Education is considering more than 100 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks, which publishers have submitted for approval and use in public schools statewide.

While the board won’t take a final vote until November, a public hearing the state board held earlier this month made it clear not everyone is in agreement about what should be included in these instructional materials.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine the current controversy surrounding the materials, and we learn how the board reviews and selects instructional materials for public schools.

Also this hour: This is Hispanic Heritage Month. And as such, some national and local civic organizations are engaged in a city-wide campaign to increase voter registration among Latinos in Houston. While Texas is home to the country’s second-largest Latino population, and Hispanics represent the largest ethnic population in Greater Houston, studies suggest they don’t vote as much as other populations. Why? What would it take to engage more Latinos to vote?

Plus: Mention the word “drones” and odds are, some military purpose comes to mind. But in recent years, thanks to some creative minds, such small, unmanned aircraft are being used in other ways. For example, here in Houston, photographer Peter Molick is using a drone to capture aerial images, for a project called “Houston Crossings.” We hear from Molick about the project.

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