By Isabelle Taft, The Texas Tribune
Spurred in part by frustration at a proposed textbook that has been called racist and inaccurate, over 200 educators, scholars and activists gathered at San Antonio College on Saturday for the largest ever statewide meeting on Mexican American Studies in public schools.
The Summit on Implementing Mexican American Studies in Texas Schools was the latest milestone in the years-long fight to offer those courses throughout the state, where over half of public school students are Hispanic. Two years ago, the State Board of Education called for textbooks that it could recommend to school districts offering the courses. Last month, the board released samples of the only textbook submission it had received, titled “Mexican American Heritage.” Educators who had cheered the call for textbooks decried the text as politically slanted and inaccurate, and the textbook debate came up frequently in speeches and discussions at the summit.
“What we’re up against is an intentional changing of our history,” said SBOE member Marisa Perez, D-San Antonio, in a speech at the beginning of the event. “We want to make sure that people know that we recognize that and we’re not going to stand for it.”
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