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UPDATE: Texas Education Board Approves Course Formerly Known As Mexican-American Studies

Posted on · After years of debate, the State Board of Education voted preliminarily to create curriculum standards for a Mexican-American studies class. But thanks to the objections of one member, it'll now be called “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent.”

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Conference Aims to Help Texas Implement Mexican-American Studies Courses

Posted on · (Above: Lorenzo Cano, associate director of the University of Houston’s Center for Mexican American Studies. Photo: Abner Fletcher, Houston Public Media) Later this week (March 31-April 1, 2017), educators will meet for a conference on implementing Mexican-American studies in Texas public schools. HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza will speak on Friday (March 31). On Saturday (April […]

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Rainy Day Fund, and Texas Wildfires: Monday’s Show (March 27, 2017)

Posted on · The Texas Taxpayers and Research Association recently released a report exploring the creation and original purpose of the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, better known as the “rainy day fund.” The report includes the history of the fund and analysis of how it has been used in the budget process over the past 30 years. On […]

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Educators and Activists Discuss Banned Books Week

Posted on · This week (Sept. 25 — Oct. 1, 2016) is Banned Books Week, celebrating intellectual freedom and the freedom to read in the United States. In her web series Writing the City, Houston Public Media’s Dacia Clay is highlighting the event all this week with interviews with educators and activists. That included a conversation with James […]

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

Posted on · 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 […]