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Texas Education Board Approves Course Formerly Known As Mexican-American Studies

Apr 13, 2018
Laura Skelding

* Update, April 13: On Friday, the State Board of Education gave its final approval to development of the Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent course. 

Texas advocates for Mexican-American studies classes won a bitter victory Wednesday, gaining approval to move forward with the class they wanted but losing the course title.

From Texas Standard.

There’s a saying that every Texan has two hometowns: their own, and San Antonio. Historically, culturally and personally – somehow all Texans have a connection to the Alamo City. But as we learn in the first of a three-part series on the 50th anniversary of HemisFair ’68, San Antonio hasn’t always been the modern, tourist-ready town it is today. Getting there involved a few growing pains – and a massive party.

From Texas Standard.

Every spring, wildflowers bring Texans and visitors alike out of their homes for all kinds of photo ops. It’s not uncommon to see dozens of cars parked along Texas highways as families pose in patches of bluebonnets.

On this episode of "Texas Matters":

  • We talk to Bryan Mealer, author of  "The Kings of Big Spring." 
  • Then Jose Antonio Rodriguez stops by to discuss his book, "House Built on Ashes" (13:00).
  • And finally, "The Talented Ribkins" is reviewed by contributor Yvette Benavides (23:11).


Randy Mankin | http://bit.ly/2GtG3Qm / Eldorado Success

On this episode of Texas Matters we look at:

  • Ten years later: the children from the Yearning For Zion Ranch raid remembered.
  • The impact of the citizenship question on the Texas census count (12:00).
  • Commentator Yvette Benavides looks at the Parkland shooting, the "March For Our Lives" and her own classroom (22:00).


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