Controversial Mexican-American textbook struck down in preliminary vote

TEXAS - In a preliminary vote Wednesday, the State Board of Education unanimously decided to reject the "Mexican American Heritage" textbook that many have criticized for being riddled with factual errors and for having racist undertones. 

According to a statement from the Texas Freedom Network, the vote was 14-0, with one board member absent. The final vote is scheduled to happen Friday.

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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