A summit on Mexican American studies has attracted the largest group of educators and scholars ever assembled for a statewide meeting on how to implement the studies in Texas public schools.
The Summit on Implementing Mexican American Studies in Texas Schools was a landmark in the continuing struggle to offer courses related to Mexican heritage and language, in a state where more than half of the public school students are Hispanic.
After calling for textbooks that the State Board of Education could recommend to school districts offering courses in Mexican American Studies, the board received only one textbook submission. The textbook titled “Mexican American Heritage” was rejected by many of the educators who had encouraged the call for textbooks. They said that the text was inaccurate, and politically slanted.
“What we’re up against is an intentional changing of our history,” said SBOE member Marisa Perez, D-San Antonio, in a speech at the beginning of the event. “We want to make sure that people know that we recognize that and we’re not going to stand for it.”