Mexican-American Studies Course Gets Strong Backing at State Board of Education Hearing

Texas AFT joined dozens of state legislators and a broad array of education and community groups today in support of adding an optional elective course in Mexican-American studies to the state curriculum for students in high school. Texas AFT legislative counsel Patty Quinzi’s testimony submitted to the State Board cited with approval a recent op-ed article by state Sens. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) and Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso), who urged the Board to “create a model that school districts can use in their lesson plans to inspire the next generation of Texans.”

The Board will continue to consider the proposal as its meetings continue through Friday. You can register your support for the Mexican-American studies option by e-mailing a letter to the Board from the Texas AFT Web site.