The State Board of Education voted Friday to approve two new charter schools’ applications for the San Antonio area. The schools are slated to open in 2020-21.
An advisory committee has suggested eliminating a line in seventh-grade history standards about “all the heroic defenders who gave their lives” at the Alamo.
Head of School Ambika Dani told the Rivard Report her campus plans to open in Fall 2019 as an elementary school.
The amended name, “Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies” was suggested by member Georgina Pérez and approved unanimously.
Advocates for a Mexican-American Studies course rallied Wednesday in hopes that the State Board of Education reverse a controversial name.
The courses will touch on significant events from local history and cover such influential figures as Juan Seguin and Emma Tenayuca.
Promesa Academy is one of just four schools statewide to have made it to the final step of the state’s rigorous application process for new charter schools.
The State Board of Education voted to change the name of the course to “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent.”
The State Board of Education will decide in April whether to create official state standards for a social studies course that will likely be taught at the high-school level.
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