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. See the list of coalition partners below.
The Mexican American Heritage textbook proposed for Texas public schools is plagued with errors, distorts history, and makes offensive claims about Mexican Americans and others. It has no place in a Texas classroom, especially a class about the experiences and contributions of Mexican Americans in our country’s history.
Mexican American Heritage is the only textbook proposed by a publisher for consideration by the State Board of Education. The state board will likely hold public hearings on the textbook at its November 15-18 meetings in Austin. A final vote on adoption is scheduled for the November meeting.
Scholars from across Texas and outside the state have been reviewing the textbook. Click here to learn more about what they are saying about this deeply flawed, offensive textbook.
ACLU of Texas
Dr. Hector P. Garcia American GI Forum
El Paso Community College Chicana/o Studies Program
Hindu American Foundation
La Fe Policy Research and Education Center
Labor Council For Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
McNeil Educational Foundation
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives (MALC)
Mexican American School Board Members Association (MASBA)
National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) - Tejas Foco
National Council of La Raza
Rio Grande Valley Coalition for Mexican American Studies
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project (SVREP)
Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE)
Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE)
Texas AFT (American Federation of Teachers)
Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC)
Texas Freedom Network
Texas Graduate Student Diversity
Texas HOPE (Hispanics Organized for Political Education)
Texas Latino Education Coalition
Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus
Texas State Teachers Association
William C. Velasquez Institute (WVCI)