Texas – An effort to require Texas students to learn about congressional Medal of Honor recipients turned into an emotional debate about race for the State Board of Education.
The board, in the second day of a three-day meeting Thursday, ultimately rejected the effort to list the names of two Hispanic and one black medal recipients in a world history class. But they agreed to revisit the amendment in an American history class. The board is updating social studies curriculum standards that will be in place for Texas students for the next decade.
Board member Mary Helen Berlanga said while race relations in the U.S. have progressed significantly, Hispanics "are still going through discrimination if we can't even put two names as recipeints of the Medal of Honor."
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