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Mexican-American Textbook Controversy and Property Tax Reform: Friday’s Show (June 3, 2016)

Recently Texas made national headlines for the states’ new Mexican-American Heritage textbook. The book was much 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 […]

School Bus Education Illustration - MHagertyRecently Texas made national headlines for the states' new Mexican-American Heritage textbook. The book was much 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.”

On today’s edition of Houston Matters, we discuss this with Diaz and Donna Bahorich, chair of the Texas State Board of Education.

Property Tax Reform

Also this hour: you've probably received your property tax estimate and perhaps disputed the amount. We talk with Scott Hochberg, a former state representative who served on the public education committee, about what your taxes pay for when it comes to schools. And we also speak with State Sen. Paul Bettencourt about the recent legislative changes to property taxes.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

In this week's news roundup, our panel of non-experts debates more flooding (this time on the Brazos River), a terminated towing contract in the city, and another termination of sorts in the form of Baylor University's Chancellor Kenneth Starr, who stepped down amid scandal over the handling of sexual assault allegations.

Free Press Summer Fest

And finally, to get you in the mood for this weekend's Free Press Summer Fest well talk with Quinn Bishop, owner of Cactus Music, about this year’s lineup and the most anticipated acts for this year.

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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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