Texas to consider adding Mexican American studies as an official elective

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ahead of State Board of Education meetings this week, activist groups rallied in support of adding Mexican American Studies as an official Texas high school elective. But at least one board member suggested the likelihood is slim.

"Very frankly speaking, there is some division in regards to how this course is going to be implemented and adopted," said Board Member Marisa Perez, who supports the effort.

Previous attempts to get the course onto the SBOE’s agenda have been unsuccessful. On Tuesday, education and civil rights groups including the Texas chapter of the NAACP, the Texas Latino Education Coalition, Librotraficante and the Texas Freedom Network said they hoped the board would vote to implement the course — on the docket along with other possible new courses — during meetings set for Wednesday and Friday.

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