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Monday, May 03, 2021

Anti-CRT House Bill 3979 and Ethnic Studies House Bill 1504 May 3, 2021 Updates

Friends,

As you can see, several of us were at the Texas state capitol building today focused on the reactionary, anti-Critical Race Theory bill #hb3979.

We hear the bill was "recommitted back to committee," so a procedural error, it sounds like. This will stall the bill and hopefully kill it. You never know, however, so we plan to stay on top of it. Do recall from an earlier post that a similar bill passed recently in Idaho.


Now we have to focus on getting House Bill 1504, Morales' Ethnic Studies Bill, onto the house floor. It came out of the Committee on Public Education with a unanimous vote. Please make calls, reaching out to whoever represent you in the legislature. Go to this website, the "Who Represents Me" link, to find out who represents you in the event that you do not know. 

It only takes a minute and can make a world of difference!

Check out this opinion-editorial by Rep. Christina Morales (D-Houston) to learn about her and the bill.

I cannot over-state the value that she accords this bill. She's not only a real champion, but the perfect champion. She honors us so.

And for that, we are equally gratefully honored.

Hasta la victoria!

-Angela Valenzuela

2 comments:

  1. I cannot figure out from the text of the bill, whether it means (1) that each district must offer MAS and AAS, and that the district must permit the course to count toward high school graduation OR (2) that each district must offer MAS and AAS, and that the district may require the course for high school graduation, OR (3) that each district must offer MAS and AAS, and that the district must require one of the courses for high school graduation.

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  2. # 4 Districts must offer MAS and AAS, and may permit either to count toward graduation.

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