After a months-long fight to keep a racist, error-laden textbook about Mexican-American history from entering Texas classrooms, educators unanimously rejected the book on Wednesday.
While the final determination for "Mexican American Heritage" comes on Friday, with the Republican-controlled Texas State Board of Education giving the book a thumbs down in a 14-0 preliminary vote, it's unlikely to pass.
“This marks a new chapter where leaders, community, educators, writers, activists, parents and students unite to deliver the American Dream through education,” Tony Diaz, a Mexican-American studies professor and ethnic studies advocate who has been fighting the controversial book since its inception, told the Huffington Post.
Mexican-American history scholars and experts found 141 errors in the text. Among them: the dangerous myth that Chicanos "opposed Western civilization and wanted to destroy this society" as well as cultural inaccuracies like insinuating that the group created salsa, tango and rumba.