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Houston School Board Endorses Mexican-American Studies as State Course

The vote urges Texas to include the course in its graduation plan.

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“So when [students] see their history, when they see their story, the rhetoric and critical thinking sinks in,” said Tony Diaz with Lone Star College.

The Houston school board voted unanimously Thursday to support teaching Mexican-American history and culture to more high school students.

The resolution means that the state’s largest school district wants the Texas Education Agency to include this kind of cultural class in the state’s new graduation plan.

HISD Superintendent Terry Grier says in a statement that in such a diverse community, the district has an obligation to show students that the country and state’s history includes “people that look like them.”

More than 60 percent of students in HISD are Hispanic.

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