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Top Stories: Education Board Will Take Other Bids For Ethnic Studies Textbooks


The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The state education board today will take a preliminary vote on a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook.

Scholars say “Mexican-American Heritage” is still rife with racist stereotypes and factual errors - even after the book publisher - Momentum Instruction - made changes.

“Mexican American Heritage” was the only textbook submitted when Texas called out for new textbooks on ethnic studies for public schools. The board yesterday decided to accept more bids for future ethnic studies textbooks – including Mexican-American studies.

The board is expected to have its final vote on “Mexican-American Heritage” Friday. 

Other stories this morning:

  • SMU in Dallas has condemned fliers found on campus telling white women not to date black men. The leaflets found Sunday in an SMU residence hall included claims describing black men as abusive and biracial children as lacking intelligence.
  • With control of the White House and Congress after last week’s elections, Republicans have a better chance than before to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. But what would that look like?
  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the team’s sticking with rookie Dak Prescott as its starting quarterback. Veteran quarterback Tony Romo has been out with a broken back since the preseason. Yesterday, Romo said he’ll continue to support Prescott and does not want to be a distraction. Romo will suit up for the first time this season on Sunday as the backup quarterback.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.