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Would Houston lawmaker's bill kill Ethnic Studies?

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A Houston-area lawmaker has filed a bill that would change the way Texas public college students learn their history.

But some fear the real goal is to gut Ethnic Studies classes in the Lone Star State.



Senate Bill 1128 is sponsored by St. Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.

It would amend the state's education code, requiring students to complete 6 credits of comprehensive survey classes in American history, in order to graduate.

But the bill's opponents say that would squeeze out classes that focus on race or gender.


"In 2 or 3 years," predicted activist Tony Diaz, "it will eliminate Mexican-American studies, African-American studies, gender studies and so on. This law's got to stop."


Sen. Patrick took to Facebook to dispute that opinion, posting (in part), "That is ridiculous. The simple purpose of SB 1128 is to be sure that our core curriculum in history represents a comprehensive understanding of our history."



SB 1128 has been referred to the Higher Education Committee for consideration.


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