HB 900 and book bans continue to pose a threat to our education in Texas, but there’s still hope as book shops, community members, librarians, and teachers fight for justice.
Although there’s much history often left unsaid due to the battles occurring in our public school curriculums, hope remains. In this article, we encourage you to explore 5 moments in Mexican-American and Indigenous history that have paved the way for our present in the Rio Grande Valley.
Before the pandemic, educator and activist Clarissa Riojas felt that teaching was her dream. It wasn’t until 2020 that her vision for public education in Texas soured. The inequities in the educational system surfaced, leaving teachers, students, and communities alike demoralized. Clarissa speaks further about the journey to advocate for the future of public schools in Texas.
801 books have been banned in the state of Texas. Eight hundred and one stories will never be told in twenty-two school districts, stories that will never give a chance to entertain, educate, or challenge readers in our education system. This hurts our students in ways that we haven’t been able to fully comprehend.
52 years after the Pharr Riot, Thomas Ray Garcia reflects on what it means to be from the RGV, his fight for a historical marker to remember the event, and the importance of Mexican-American studies in Texas classrooms.
The national debate surrounding Critical Race Theory (CRT), as much as vehement opposition to a vague concept could be called a “debate,” is intense. It is troubling when considering the incorrect definition of Critical Race Theory as used by those who oppose it. Read more from Rene Rocha about how CRT is and can be implemented in the RGV and its implications.