In a huge victory, the State Board of Education has decided to accept César Chávez as part of the “required” curriculum to teach to fifth-graders. Just 2 days before the Board’s decision, LUPE & several groups were at the public hearing in Austin to testify before the Board to call for César Chávez to be included in 5th grade US History. The final vote will come in May but this is extremely great news as we can now more confidently head into that final vote knowing the board supports this measure.
It looks like the testimonies from several civil rights groups, concerned parents and individuals successfully convinced the Board about the importance of introducing Cesar Chavez to our 5th graders! Also according to the El Paso Times article:
“[The State Board] also added to the second-grade curriculum Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first black Supreme Court justice, and Irma Rangel, the first Hispanic woman elected to the state Legislature.”
What good news to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Day!