Rally, hearing happpening Tuesday for 'offensive' Mexican-American textbook

State leaders review controversial textbook

AUSTIN - A proposed textbook called "Mexican American Heritage" that activists have said is riddled with cultural stereotypes and historical inaccuracies will be at the center of a rally before a hearing Tuesday.

Both the hearing -- scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Texas Education Agency -- and the rally -- set to happen before the hearing at 10 a.m. -- are open to the public. Those attending the rally include representatives of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and even State Board of Education members. Educators and other activists will also join. They are calling on the Board of Education to reject the textbook before it's introduced to classrooms in the 2017-2018 school year.

Activists have been protesting the book for months. They said it contains factual errors, promotes offensive ethnic stereotypes and disparages Mexican Americans and their contributions to the United States.

"I wouldn't want my child to look at Latinos like this," Jessica Limbrick, a mother, said. "I'm very shocked that anybody would think this is okay to put in a textbook for kids to learn in high school."

Published by Momentum Instruction, the book was the only submission the board received after a request for entries last year.

The TEA said if the state school board approves the book, it will be up to the district to determine if it's used in instruction.


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