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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 Houston Chronicle: “Instead […]

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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