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Inside the Controversy Around Texas’ New Mexican-American Studies Textbook

Recently Texas made national headlines for the state’s new Mexican-American Heritage textbook. The book was highly anticipated by some after heated discussions in 2014. However, the response to the published book from the Mexican-American community wasn’t exactly what the Texas Education Agency was hoping for. Tony Diaz, writer and activist with El Librotraficante, told the […]

School Bus Education Illustration - MHagertyRecently Texas made national headlines for the state’s new Mexican-American Heritage textbook. The book was highly anticipated by some after heated discussions in 2014. However, the response to the published book from the Mexican-American community wasn't exactly what the Texas Education Agency was hoping for.

Tony Diaz, writer and activist with El Librotraficante, told the Houston Chronicle: "Instead of a text that is respectful of the Mexican American history, we have a book poorly written, racist, and prepared by non-experts.”

We discuss this with Diaz and Donna Bahorich, chair of the Texas State Board of Education.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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