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A trumped up controversy
SAN ANTONIO — The State Board of Education ducked a vote to adopt a stand-alone Mexican-American studies course for high school students. It opted on a call to publishers for instructional materials on other groups as well. View Article ]   Apr 16, 2014, 08:33

Proclamation 2016 to include ethnic studies materials
AUSTIN - The State Board of Education Friday broadened its call for new textbooks for Special Topics in Social Studies to include but not be limited to, Mexican American Studies, African American Studies, Native American Studies and Asian American Studies. The board did not create new courses to cover these ethnic studies programs. Instead local school districts and charters may use a general set of curriculum standards for a course called Special Topics in Social Studies. Using these curriculum standards, districts have had the ability to create their own ethnic studies courses for years but there have not been state-approved textbooks for the classes. View Article ]   Apr 14, 2014, 08:38

Why Mexican-American Studies Is 'Going To Spread Like Wildfire' In Texas
Texas took a step toward instituting ethnic studies courses in public schools across the state on Wednesday, with the State Board of Education voting 11 to 3 to create instructional materials for such classes. Activists had pushed since November for the Texas SBOE to create a statewide Mexican-American studies curriculum, arguing that such courses would help boost student achievement and foster cultural awareness in the state’s majority-Hispanic school system. View Article ]   Apr 14, 2014, 08:38

Hi- and Low-Lites from the SBOE Hearing
No doubt, there was some great testimony by supporters of Mexican American Studies, including DC-friend, Tony “Librotraficante” Diaz and Recognized author Dagoberto Gilb. Of course, Mexican American Studies was promoted and defended effectively, and it was made known that this would basically be a state-sanctioned elective whose curriculum would be developed and approved by the State and offered to the entire state. View Article ]   Apr 14, 2014, 08:35

Education of Latinos isn’t just a Latino issue, leader of higher-ed group says
Education is on everyone’s mind these days. Whether it’s being discussed by a former U.S. president or Dallas parents or a leading educator, education has become a hot-button public policy issue. It was an integral part of the comments by former President George W. Bush at the Civil Rights Summit in Austin this week. Bush, who now lives in Dallas, said that equal education was central to civil rights and that those fighting oppression “always insist on equal education.” View Article ]   Apr 14, 2014, 08:15

State Board of Education to meet April 8-11
April 2014 General Meeting Committees and Board State Board of Education - Dates and Agenda - Live Video Coverage View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 08:46

Texas board ducks Mexican-American studies vote
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Board of Education bypassed voting Wednesday on a hotly debated proposal to create a statewide Mexican-American studies course as a high school elective, instead simply asking publishers to submit textbooks for such a class and several other ethnic studies topics by the 2016-2017 school year. Democratic member Ruben Cortez of Brownsville had promised to call for a vote on creating a stand-alone Mexican-American studies course, and supporters maintained it was key to truly understanding a state that was once part of Mexico and where Hispanics make up 51 percent of public school students. View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 08:39

SBOE seeks textbooks without voting on Mexican-American course
AUSTIN – The State Board of Education ducked a vote on a controversial optional Mexican-American studies course Wednesday and instead asked publishers to develop textbooks for several ethnic studies courses supported by the state's curriculum. By an 11-3 vote, a board committee put out a call to publishers for instructional materials in Mexican-American studies, African American studies, Native American studies and Asian American studies, which will go through the state's instructional materials approval process. View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 08:38

SBOE seeks textbooks without voting on Mexican-American course
AUSTIN – The State Board of Education ducked a vote on a controversial optional Mexican-American studies course Wednesday and instead asked publishers to develop textbooks for several ethnic studies courses supported by the state's curriculum. By an 11-3 vote, a board committee put out a call to publishers for instructional materials in Mexican-American studies, African American studies, Native American studies and Asian American studies, which will go through the state's instructional materials approval process. View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 08:38

Texas moves closer to boosting ethnic-studies electives in high schools
AUSTIN — State Board of Education members tentatively agreed Wednesday to request bids on instructional materials for ethnic studies courses that could be offered in Texas high schools in two years. An amendment to the Texas textbook proclamation for the 2016-17 school year, adopted on an 11-3 vote, adds instructional materials for Mexican-American studies, African-American studies, American Indian studies and Asian-American studies. View Article ]   Apr 10, 2014, 08:40

Republican SBOE Member Asks if Non-Mexican Americans Will Be Included in Mexican-American Studies
Republican SBOE Member Ken Mercer asked during a hearing on Mexican-American Studies if Cuban-Americans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz would be included in the curriculum. The debate centered on the potential creation of a Mexican American studies course that could be offered as an elective to the entire state. The SBOE would need to develop and approve the new course's curriculum. View Article ]   Apr 10, 2014, 08:38

State Board Finds a New Path to Mexican-American Studies in Texas Schools
In a surprise twist today at the State Board of Education, members voted 11-3 in favor of strengthening Mexican-American studies in Texas schools—but not quite how they’d been expected to. Instead of a new course in Mexican-American history, which the board was expected to debate, they approved a plan to ask publishers for new textbooks on the subject, along with other ethnic histories. View Article ]   Apr 10, 2014, 08:38

State education board ducks Mexican-American studies vote
The Texas Board of Education bypassed voting Wednesday on a hotly debated proposal to create a statewide Mexican-American studies course as a high school elective. Instead, the board simply asked publishers to submit textbooks for such a class and several other ethnic studies topics by the 2016-17 school year. View Article ]   Apr 10, 2014, 07:58

Board To Vote On Mexican-American Studies
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 school elective. View Article ]   Apr 9, 2014, 08:40

Activists Call For Mexican-American Studies Class
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. View Article ]   Apr 9, 2014, 08:39

Education board urged to OK Mexican-American studies course
State Board of Education members were urged Tuesday to adopt a new Mexican-American studies course to fill a void in the current social studies curriculum that provides scant coverage of Hispanics. Fifty state lawmakers and leading minority rights and education groups called on the board to approve the course as an elective in Texas high schools. View Article ]   Apr 9, 2014, 08:39

Fights for state education board heat up
The battle to guide public school education in Texas is ramping up. Historically, elections for the State Board of Education are fairly quiet. But this year, as bids for two local seats on the 15-member board head to runoffs on May 27, quiet is one thing they are not. On the Republican side, incumbent Patricia “Pat” Hardy of Fort Worth faces a challenge from Eric Mahroum of Bedford in the race to represent District 11. On the Democratic side, Erika Beltran of Dallas and Andrea Hilburn of Dallas are squaring off, each hoping to replace the retiring Mavis Best Knight in District 13. “This has been a relatively low-profile board,” said Jim Riddlesperger, a political science professor at TCU. “But these races are higher-profile.” View Article ]   Apr 8, 2014, 08:39

Houston: HISD board votes for Mexican-American studies class
You would think this wouldn’t be a big deal. Juliet Stipeche Juliet Stipeche The Houston school board, representing the largest district in Texas, threw its support Thursday behind the creation of a Mexican-American studies course in Texas public schools. The 9-0 vote followed some debate over whether the district would appear to be favoring one culture over another. “Unanimous is beautiful,” advocate Tony Diaz said after the decision. View Article ]   Apr 8, 2014, 08:39

SBOE May Get Private Funds to See Out-of-State Charters
Charter school operators looking to open campuses in Texas may soon have new help making their case to the elected officials charged with overseeing their expansion into the state. At its Austin meeting this week, the Texas State Board of Education is set to discuss whether to allow private foundations to pay for SBOE members to travel to out-of-state operators under review for approval in Texas. View Article ]   Apr 8, 2014, 08:39

State board to take up contentious Mexican-American studies issue
Stipeche, who's Hispanic and grew up in east Houston, knows how it feels to be stumped by the question. A year and a half ago, when it came up in conversation, she and two close friends were appalled to realize that none of them could do it - though they could easily name five European-Americans or African-Americans. "It's not that Mexican-American history doesn't exist," she says. "It's just not taught here." That might change: On Wednesday, the Texas State Board of Education is expected to vote on developing state curriculum standards for new courses - including, controversially, a high-school elective class in Mexican-American history. View Article ]   Apr 7, 2014, 08:39


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