Final vote rejects ‘racist’ Mexican-American studies textbook

Education leaders discuss controversial Mexican American heritage textbook (KXAN Photo/ Todd Bailey)
Education leaders discuss controversial Mexican American heritage textbook (KXAN Photo/ Todd Bailey)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A final vote from the State Board of Education has rejected the controversial history textbook about Mexican-Americans in a 14-0 vote.

The textbook, which has been called “racist,” was voted down after a committee of educators found more than 400 factual errors. On Wednesday, the board took a preliminary vote and every board member said “no.”

Protesters rally to keep the controversial Mexican-American Heritage textbook out of Texas classrooms (KXAN Photo/ Tom Rapp)
Protesters rally to keep the controversial Mexican-American Heritage textbook out of Texas classrooms (KXAN Photo/ Tom Rapp)

KXAN reached out to the board about what’s next now that the book has been voted down. They tell us the board will be asked to consider putting out a call for Mexican American studies books again next year.

“The facts are, the book is flawed and it’s flawed for everyone,” Texas Senator Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio said. “I don’t want anyone learning incorrect history about Mexican-American heritage. I don’t want my children learning it. I don’t want anyone else’s children learning it.”

The textbook was released back in May. Those against the book says it refers to Mexicans as “lazy” compared to American and European workers.

The book’s publisher, former board member Cynthia Dunbar, is threatening legal action now that the book has been voted down. Dunbar says the state must approve the textbook for classrooms because it meets all the state standards.

“Mrs. Dunbar, your vote, your book will be voted down,” Marisa Perez, a member of the State Board of Education said on Wednesday. “The disgraceful rhetoric that you shared and that you’ve tried to get into our classrooms will very publicly be rejected.”

The state board’s vote is just a recommendation, each school district ultimately has the final say to put the textbook in the classroom.

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