Lawmaker tells Texas' State Board of Education that Hispanics are lacking in textbooks





AUSTIN – Hispanics are getting the shaft in proposed history and social studies standards for Texas public schools, Hispanic legislative leaders complained Wednesday to the State Board of Education.

Rep. Norma Chavez, representing the House and Senate Hispanic caucuses, told board members that proposed standards for U.S. history, government and other social studies courses are a slap at the state's growing Hispanic population.

"It is as though Hispanics don't exist in many of these standards," Chavez, an El Paso Democrat, told the panel, noting that only 16 of 162 historical figures that must be covered in social studies are Hispanic.



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