Texas State Board of Education unanimously adopts curriculum standards for African American studies course

The State Board of Education held its first-ever virtual meeting this week.

In a major win for equity, the SBOE voted unanimously this week to adopt the state’s first African American studies course and curriculum standards.

Texas AFT signed on to a joint letter with members of the Texas Latino Education Equity Coalition (TLEEC) telling the board in November that research shows the clear benefits of culturally relevant curricula and pedagogy, including related increases in standardized test scores and high school graduation rates among students who see themselves reflected in culturally relevant curricula. Our friends at the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) released this statement on this significant vote.