|Stop Texas from erasing Cesar Chavez and Hispanics from school books
We urgently need your help to stop the Texas state Board of Education from erasing Cesar Chavez and all Hispanic historical figures from public school text books. Since Texas is such a major textbook purchaser, such a move could have a nationwide impact.
This Wednesday, Jan. 13, the state board will take a preliminary vote to adopt new standards for social studies texts. These new standards would eliminate all Hispanics since the conquest of Mexico in the early 16th Century.Cesar Chavez, arguably the most important Hispanic civil rights leader of the 20th Century, is among the historical figures to be eliminated. One of Lowe’s so called “experts” said that Chavez “lacks the stature…and contributions” and should not be “held up to our children as someone worthy of emulation.” Alsoeliminated are a number of key Texas history makers such as Irma Rangel, the first Hispanic woman elected to the state Legislature.
Board members and their appointees have complained about an “over representation of minorities” in the current social studies standards. This is ironic as Hispanics will soon comprise the majority of all Texas public school students.
Please take a few moments right now to send board Chair Lowe an e-mail. Tell the TX State Board of Education not to allow a handful of ideological extremists to revise history by eliminating people of color. Please act now.
Si Se Puede!
|The state board meets at 9 a.m. on Jan. 13 at the William B. Travis Building, Room 1-104, 1701 No. Congress Ave. in Austin.
If you are in the area and can attend to voice your outrage at these proceedings, you must register no later than next Monday, January 11th. Electronic registration forms are available online at the following link: www.tea.state.tx.us/sboe/forms.
A number of longtime farm worker movement leaders and civil rights attorneys are testifying.
Besides sending your e-mail we would also appreciate it if you fax TX state board of Education Chair Gail Lowe at 512-936-4319 (fax).
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