Board member Marisa Perez-Diaz, D-Converse, issued a news release Friday afternoon saying that “today was not a victory, but a slap in the face.”
“While I appreciate the steps that the Board of Education has taken to approve ethnic-specific courses of study, it did not come without its insults,” the release continued. “Today, 9 of my 14 colleagues told me how they believe I should identify: ‘American of Mexican Descent.’ What does that mean? How do any of them expect this title to resonate with any of our scholars who identify as Mexican American? More importantly, who do any of them think they are to tell me how I should identify?”
The course won’t be required for students across the state. Instead, it will be among a raft of state-approved courses, the selection of which is left up to local districts and schools.