Senate Bill 1128 will make “Ethnic History” not count towards degrees

Texas Senator Patrick has introduced SB 1128 on March 5, 2013, which will require TEXAS college and university students to take 6hours of AMERICAN HISTORY, excluding any classes on Asian, African American or Mexican American studies.

Here’s a video of Tony Diaz, creator of LIBBROTRAFICANTE, who organized a protest at the state capital in Austin a few weeks ago, at the Alamo in San Antonio, protesting the proposed bill.

At an event here in Dallas to end Domestic Violence I spoke to a couple of Dallas/Ft. Worth Representative and Senators about SB1128 and they voiced their concern about the language in the bill and are keeping a close eye on what’s going on in the Texas Senate.

Here is the Bill as presented on the STATE OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT WEBSITE

83R7672 AED-D
By: Patrick S.B. No. 1128
relating to curriculum requirements in American and Texas history
at institutions of higher education.
SECTION 1. Section 51.302(b), Education Code, is amended to
read as follows:
(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), a college or
university receiving state support or state aid from public fundsEthic
may not grant a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic
certificate to any person unless the person has credit for six
semester hours or its equivalent from courses providing a
comprehensive survey of [in] American History. A student is
entitled to submit as much as three semester hours of credit or its
equivalent from courses providing a comprehensive survey of [in]
Texas History in partial satisfaction of this requirement. The
college or university may determine that a student has satisfied
this requirement in whole or part on the basis of credit granted to
the student by the college or university for a substantially
equivalent survey course completed at another accredited college or
university, or on the basis of the student’s successful completion
of an advanced standing examination administered on the conditions
and under the circumstances common for the college or university’s
advanced standing examinations. The college or university may
grant as much as three semester hours of credit or its equivalent
toward satisfaction of this requirement for substantially
equivalent work completed by a student in the program of an approved
senior R.O.T.C. unit.
SECTION 2. The changes in law made by this Act apply only to
the curriculum requirements established for a degree or certificate
program offered by an institution of higher education beginning
with undergraduate students who initially enroll in the institution
for the 2014 fall semester.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.

Are you concerned about this bill? Send your concerns to
Dan Patrick
District: 7
Capitol Office: CAP 3S.3
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0107
District Address: 11451 Katy Fwy, Suite 209
Houston, TX 77079
District Phone: (713) 464-0282


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