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Mexican American Studies

A Textbook That Paints Mexican-Americans As Lazy Could Be Coming To A School Near You

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 07.20.2016 | Latino Voices

A proposed Mexican-American studies textbook has drawn harsh criticism for what Latino educators and scholars in Texas are calling a lack of scholarly...

Culture Clashes in California Classrooms

Rafael Salazar | Posted 05.19.2016 | Latino Voices
Rafael Salazar

In putting together a new framework for the state's history and social sciences curriculum, the Instructional Quality Commission of California's Department of Education has received nearly 500 pages of comments and suggestions on how to best write textbooks for K-12 students.

Texas Schools May Charge $70 For Racist Textbook That Whitewashes History

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 05.18.2016 | Latino Voices

When the Texas State Board of Education voted two years ago to create instructional materials for Mexican-American studies, educators and activists wa...

Is the Face of the Undocumented Immigrant Still Mexican?

Martine Kalaw | Posted 03.21.2016 | Latino Voices
Martine Kalaw

My own immigration journey has a happy ending. For the rest of us, however, we spend so much time disproving the image that doesn't represent us -- that of the Central American woman or child -- that we are left with no time to tell our own story.

6 Reasons to Stop Supporting Trump Now

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Words matter, and they can lift us up, or lead us down the rabbit hole to hell. Trump's comments about "the other" speak to how low we can go when we act from our most fearful and angry selves.

Undocumented Voter: Running for Office in Texas

Tony_Diaz | Posted 10.29.2015 | Latino Voices

I'm running for Aldine School Board because I'm an activist, and I will stand up when the system is wrong, but life would be better if we can inspire the system to stay on course. We must not accept a system that takes the joy out of learning and teaching.

Game-Changing Ethnic Studies Bill Heads To California Governor

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 09.10.2015 | Latino Voices

The California state assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would create a model ethnic studies curriculum for optional use statewide, handing a major ...

A Message to Donald Trump From Two Undocumented Entrepreneurs

Ivan Ceja | Posted 07.09.2016 | Latino Voices
Ivan Ceja

We are two first-generation undocumented immigrants from Mexico. We are the first members in our families to graduate from high school and attend college. Recently, you made statements referring to Mexican immigrants as criminals, rapists and drug dealers. We beg to differ.

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Arizona Law That Banned Mexican-American Studies May Be Discriminatory, Court Rules | Roque Planas | Posted 07.08.2015 | Latino Voices

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a trial to assess whether an Arizona law that was passed to ban a Mexican-American studies curriculum in Tu...

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UT Austin Rethinks Awards Process After Award To George P. Bush Sparks Uproar | Roque Planas | Posted 06.01.2015 | Latino Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The newly formed Mexican-American and Latino/a Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin is rethinking the way ...

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Texas Declares May 1 'Mexican-American Studies Day' | Roque Planas | Posted 05.07.2015 | Latino Voices

The Texas Legislature passed a resolution Friday morning declaring May 1, 2015, Mexican-American Studies Day. The move marks a symbolic victory for ed...

Arizona Professor Received A Bunch Of Threatening Emails After Fox News Segment About His Class

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 03.31.2015 | Latino Voices

The Arizona State University professor vilified in a Fox News segment in January for teaching a course called “U.S. Race Theory and the Problem of W...

Arizona Won't Fine Tucson Schools Over Ethnic Studies Courses

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 03.05.2015 | Latino Voices

Arizona state officials won’t strip Tucson public schools of 10 percent of its funding for alleged infractions against a state law restricting the t...

The Race to MAS: Mexican American Studies for 100 TX School Districts

Tony_Diaz | Posted 04.18.2015 | Latino Voices

Students from Mission High School, Mission, Texas. Photo used with permission. _________________________________________ ". . . it seems to me to str...

Arizona Tried To Keep KRS-One Out Of Classrooms, So He Went There Himself

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.30.2015 | Latino Voices

Arizona education officials may say it’s illegal to teach his writing, but KRS-One isn’t backing away. The hip host artist offered a three-hou...

Fox News Raises Alarm Over College Course About Race

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.24.2015 | Latino Voices

Fox News is raising alarm bells over an Arizona college course that studies whiteness. The network’s “Fox and Friends” show ran a segment Fr...

The Spirit of Selma: Nine Students Arrested in Georgia for Protesting Discriminatory Education Policies

Stephen Pitti | Posted 03.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Stephen Pitti

As the film Selma screens nationwide to critical acclaim, police from Clarke County arrested nine students on Friday evening in Athens, Georgia, for organizing the first "integrated classroom" for both undocumented and documented youth at the University of Georgia.

Arizona Education Officials Say It's Illegal To Recite This Poem In School

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.14.2015 | Latino Voices

The outgoing head of Arizona’s education department caught national attention earlier this month when, on his last day in office, he issued a letter...

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Arizona's Mexican-American Studies Ban Questioned By Appeals Judges | Roque Planas | Posted 01.15.2015 | Latino Voices

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dozens of ethnic studies supporters on Monday packed a courtroom at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where a three-judge panel...

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Teachers Of Banned Mexican-American Classes Push To Expand Ethnic Studies | Roque Planas | Posted 01.12.2015 | Latino Voices

SAN FRANCISCO -- Teachers of a controversial Mexican-American studies program outlawed by the Arizona legislature are pressing to spread similar progr...

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Teaching Hip Hop Illegally Promotes Ethnic Solidarity, Arizona Official Says | Roque Planas | Posted 01.05.2015 | Latino Voices

Public schools in Tucson, Arizona, illegally promote ethnic solidarity and the overthrow of the U.S. government by teaching Mexican history, Rage Agai...

The House on Mango Street Goes to Trial: #MayaVsAZ

Tony_Diaz | Posted 03.02.2015 | Latino Voices

Mayra Arce even resembles Esperanza, the protagonist in The House on Mango Street, one of the 80-plus books that were part of the Tucson Unified School District's K-12 Mexican-American studies curriculum before the program was dismantled under Arizona House Bill 2281. But Maya isn't the main character of a book. She's the main plaintiff in the lawsuit against Arizona.

Another Big Win For Ethnic Studies

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 12.12.2014 | Latino Voices

The San Francisco school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to require all of the city’s 19 public high schools to offer ethnic studies courses. ...

Banned Mexican-American Studies Curriculum Boosted Student Achievement: Study

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.12.2015 | Latino Voices

The Mexican-American Studies curriculum in Tucson public schools banned by the conservative-dominated Arizona legislature helped boost student achieve...

Lawsuit Against Mexican-American Studies Ban Gets A Court Date

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.04.2014 | Latino Voices

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on Jan. 12 in a lawsuit against Arizona officials who eliminated a controversial Mexica...