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A broad coalition of organizations and scholars from across Texas, the Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook Coalition (www.masfortexas.org), is “calling on the State Board of Education to reject [the ONLY] proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that promotes offensive cultural stereotypes, distorts history and is plagued by factual errors.”

Sententia Vera joined the rally in support of the #RejectTheText campaign on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. The Coalition has “scholars from across Texas and outside the state reviewing the textbook” as not one subject-matter expert was hired to co-author the Mexican American Heritage history book for “fear of bias,” defended the head of the publishing company, Cynthia Dunbar. What?!? A key rule to writing, as Mark Twain advocates, is to “write what you know.” In several cases, Ms. Dunbar has been the biased party for publishing a “politicized distortion of history” as reported by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

To add your voice to those calling for the rejection of the flawed Mexican American Heritage textbook visit the Coalition’s website and sign the action to add you name to the petition. The Texas State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the textbook’s adoption at its November meeting.

Among those in the pictures: Kathy Miller, TFN President; Celina Moreno, attorney for Mexican American Legal Defense Fund; Dr. Emilio Zamora, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, Carmen Tafolla, associate professor of education at the University of Texas at San Antonio; Tony Díaz, Librotraficante; Martha P. Cotera, Chicana Feminist & Civil Rights.