Well what do you know:
The State Board of Education was deciding what courses will be necessary for new graduation requirements the Legislature passed last session. Those changes have been controversial; there’s been strong resistance by Latino advocacy groups, among others, to eliminating courses like Algebra II—generally seen as important college preparation—from basic diploma requirements. One provision of the law … adds a ‘community engagement’ aspect to school district evaluations. Adding Mexican-American studies to graduation requirements, [author Tony] Diaz told the board, would go a long way now that more than half of Texas’ students are Hispanic.