A broad coalition of organizations and scholars from across Texas is calling on the State Board of Education to reject a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that promotes offensive cultural stereotypes, distorts history and is plagued by factual errors.
Scholars across the country have been reviewing the deeply flawed and highly offensive Mexican American Heritage textbook. We will post reviews and some of the important news articles about the textbook as they come available.
• REST press release: "Grassroots, Civil Rights, Education Groups Announce Coalition Opposed to Offensive Mexican American Heritage Textbook Proposed for Texas Schools"
• Second Ad Hoc Committee Report on Proposed Social Studies Special Topics Textbook: Mexican American Heritage
• Ad Hoc Committee Report from Ruben Cortez Jr., State Board of Education Representative, District 2
• Review from Martha P. Cotera, external archivist consultant, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin
• Review from Prof. José Maria Herrera, University of Texas at El Paso
• Review from Prof. Emile Lester, University of Mary Washington
• Review from Prof. Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva, University of Texas at El Paso
• Review from Prof. John Mckiernan-Gonzalez, Texas State University
• Editorial from Dr. Rogelio Sáenz, University of Texas at San Antonio
• American Historical Association letter to the State Board of Education concerning the proposed textbook
• Mayor Turner Tells State Board to Reject Offensive Textbook, Mayor's Office, City of Houston
• Press Conference on MAS textbook review from Paredes Elementary in Brownsville, TX, with Ruben Cortez, District 2 SBOE member
• "Proposed Texas textbook describes Mexican-Americans as ‘lazy,’ new coalition works to block it," Washington Post
• "The Scholarly Reviews are in on that ‘Deeply Offensive’ Mex-Am Studies Text," Texas Observer
• "Scholars and Activists Lambast Proposed Mexican-American Studies Textbook," Texas Tribune
• "Professors: Mexican-American history textbook is ‘offensive’," Houston Chronicle
• "Texas Mexican-American studies book should be thrown out, scholars say," Austin American-Statesman
• Coalition Lobbies Against Controversial, New Mexican American Studies Book," Houston Public Media
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The State Board of Education will likely hold public hearings on the textbook at its November 15-18 meetings. The board is set to vote on the textbook at its November meeting.