State Board of Education officially rejects controversial textbook

TEXAS - Days after the public came out to speak against a controversial textbook on Mexican-American heritage, the State Board of Education has officially rejected the textbook in a hearing Friday morning.

The final vote came after the board members unanimously decided to reject "Mexican American Heritage" in a preliminary vote Wednesday

Prior to public comment which took place on Tuesday and a protest against the book in September, the publisher said the book was the only submission received for the subject area.

A review of the book found 68 factual errors, 42 "interpretive errors" and 31 "omission errors." The book's critics highlight passages such as "Stereotypically, Mexicans were viewed as lazy compared to European or American workers” and “It was also traditional to skip work on Mondays, and drinking on the job could be a problem."

The board's power to control textbooks was stripped in 2011 after battles over creationism. Now, the board can only recommend books.


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