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Hispanics call for “culturally-relevant curriculum”

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Should the State Board of Education endorse a class on Mexican-American Studies? Some Hispanic leaders say it's about time.

This year, more than half of all Texas public school students are Hispanic. And that number is growing.

Tony Diaz is an educator who insists that a culturally-relevant curriculum will keep those students engaged and slash drop-out rates.

"They're learning about their families, their history," said Diaz, the director of Intercultural Initiatives at Lone Star College. "That's powerful because all of a sudden they have a context to excel."

But there may be resistance from the State Board, which has a strong conservative majority.

The board is expected to vote on Texas public high school graduation standards in January.

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