Texas

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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Congressman Gene Green, and Boards of Education: Monday’s Show (May 8, 2017)

Posted on · The U.S. House of Representatives last week (May 4, 2017) passed the latest iteration of the American Health Care Act, a bill designed to replace — or at least refine — elements of the Affordable Care Act, including a provision that critics say would undermine protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. Houston area Democratic Congressman […]

Houston Matters

The Year In Houston Education — 2016

Posted on · This week, we’re recapping this past year’s biggest news stories with our beat reporters, covering transportation, education, energy, politics, arts and culture and sports. Today, we explore the year in education for Greater Houston. The Houston Independent School District saw some changes in administration this year. Terry Grier’s last day as HISD superintendent was in […]

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What’s Next For Mexican-American Studies in Texas

Posted on · Last Friday the Texas State Board of Education unanimously rejected a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook that would have been used in public schools. The book, titled Mexican American Heritage, received a lot of criticism from academics and activists who argued the book was rife with many inaccuracies and stereotypes. But how was the decision made and what is there to expect moving forward?

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It’s Final: Texas Rejects Mexican-American Studies Textbook

Posted on · On Friday (Nov. 18, 2016), the Texas State Board of Education unanimously rejected a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook that would have been used in public schools. The book, titled Mexican American Heritage, received a lot of criticism from academics and activists who argued the book was rife with many inaccuracies and stereotypes. We learn more about […]

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Mexican American Studies Textbook Vote, and Pet Peeves: Monday’s Show (November, 21 2016)

Posted on · On Friday (Nov. 18, 2016), the Texas State Board of Education unanimously rejected a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook that would have been used in public schools. The book, titled Mexican American Heritage, received a lot of criticism from academics and activists who argued the book was rife with many inaccuracies and stereotypes. On today’s show, […]

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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 […]

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

Posted on · 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 the Houston Chronicle: “Instead […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Textbooks, Ebola, and Perry in Court: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the Texas State Board of Education approving new social studies textbooks this week, to a brief Ebola scare at a Houston emergency room, to legal wrangling over a technicality in Governor Perry’s criminal case: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of “non-experts” include: […]