Thursday, October 24, 2019

Exciting News! The Texas SBOE will soon hear African American Studies: View Sign-Up Instructions Here

Dear Ethnic Studies Friends and Advocates:

Exciting News! The Texas SBOE will soon hear African American Studies.  At this point in the process, AAS TEKS Standards are getting developed.  Please read all pertinent info below. Sign-up happens on Nov. 8, 2019 for the following week of testimony.  We hope that K-12 students and college students show up and testify on why Ethnic Studies: African American Studies is necessary in our public schools.

Native American Studies will be up next for consideration, it appears.  Making progress here in Texas.  Please share with your networks!

-Angela Valenzuela


Public Hearing Sign-Up: African American Studies at Texas SBOE

Nov 8 at 8 AM – Nov 11 at 5 PM

William B. Travis (WBT) State Office Building, 1701 N. Congress, room 1-109, Austin


The Texas State Board of Education will hear public testimonies for an Innovative Social Studies Course for African American Studies that is currently being considered for inclusion in the state TEKS Catalogue for Social Studies and Ethnic Studies.

The hearing will take place between Nov. 12 and 15th. The exact day and agenda will be posted here:

In order to speak at the public hearing, you will have to sign up at the following link:

However, you will need to sign up between Friday, Nov. 8th at 8 am and Monday, Nov. 11th at 5 pm.

Make sure to sign up as speaking "For" the course even if you have suggestions for modification. SBOE members need to know that there is broad support for this course, that it makes a positive impact on students, and that it needs to address the full complexity of African American history and culture.

Aim to bring 15-18 copies of your statement to the hearing so that you can give a copy to each board member.

Please bring students, parents, and teachers to make their voice heard.

To review the course standards, click here:

Note:  You may also register by calling (512) 463-9007 or in person at the William B. Travis 
(WBT) State Office Building, 1701 N. Congress, room 1-109, Austin, Texas 78701 
during this time frame. Late registration is available on-site up to 30 minutes prior 
to the start of the meeting. 

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