Texas ed board to vote on Mexican-American studies
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 9:00 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas
Board of Education is expected to vote on a hotly debated proposal that
would create a Mexican-American studies course as a statewide high
Democratic member Ruben Cortez of Brownsville has
called for creating the course — but openly acknowledges it has little
shot of passing Wednesday.
The board has 10 Democrats and five
Republicans, and opponents say the course would inject progressive
politics into the classroom.
Others see it as unnecessary since
young Texans already learn about Mexican-American history and culture as
part of other classes.
Some of Cortez's colleagues have said
they'd support a broader multicultural course. But dozens of activists
who addressed the board ahead of the vote say such a class won't go far
Texas public schools are now 51 percent Hispanic.