1. SBOE meetings can be publicly viewed, but official minutes containing Cortez's proposal have yet to be approved. According to the TEA spokesperson, a discussion about Mexican-American studies will be part of SBOE's next meeting, scheduled for January 28-31.
  2. Tony Diaz, founder of the Librotraficante (Book Smuggler) group that was formed in response to protest the 2010 elimination of ethnic studies in Arizona, sees the news as a positive first step.

    "This is a huge step for our movement," said Diaz, who is also a M.A.S Texas leader. "Arizona oppressors should take note. Texas is preparing to thrive in a multicultural, multimedia era."

  3. Online reaction to the news was generally positive.
  4. I'm amazed. The state of Arizona effectively "killed" their Mexican-American studies program. Good on Texas if this actually comes to pass.
  5. However, several Latinos debated whether adding Mexican-American studies made sense in a public school setting. Here is what Mario Ramirez wrote on the Latino Rebels Facebook site:
  6. In the public school setting in Texas (K to 12) not everyone is of Mexican heritage. There might be a lot but that doesn't mean they should control the situation. That's less than Democracy but more like mob rule. Let's get that clear - it's not all about you. That's where the true inequality comes from - singling out one group (Chicano) over another (the rest of the population) and expecting the Texas and United States tax payer to cover the bill. Not fair for the others.
  7. Marcos Villarreal responded:
  8. It is unbelievable that African Americans and Native Americans (although overlapping history in the South West) courses have been perceived as normal and expected in our educational system-however Chicano history essentially does not exist. When you look at oppression it is important to see who has a a voice and who is purposefully left voiceless.
  9. One person who does support the proposal is Emilio Zamora (pictured below), a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. In an interview with The Stream, Zamora said that formally adding Mexican-American studies to public school curriculum is long overdue, since he and others have worked for years with several Texas teachers to add this content to instruction. "We're asking the state board to catch up to a process that has already been happening," he said.
  10. "We see this as an opportunity to energize young people to become more interested in research, writing and critical thinking about how American history can be told from a different perspective," Zamora added.
  11. What do you think about the proposal to add Mexican-American studies to Texas' public school curriculum? Leave a comment below.
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