AUSTIN, Texas (KAMR / KCIT) ââ On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott signed a law establishing Project 1836, a project to raise awareness of key events in the state’s history.
Representative Tan Parker introduced the bill just before the state’s Independence Day and is named in commemoration of the year Texas gained independence from Mexico.
Representative Parker said he would establish a nine-member committee to “raise awareness of the Texas values ââthat continue to fuel unlimited prosperity in this state.”
Earlier this year, the state passed a bill prohibiting the teaching of Project 1619 which examines the history of the United States from the date that slaves first arrived on American soil, marking this year as the founding date of the country.
Representative Parker said this new project was not related either to Project 1619 or to the 1776 Commission presented by former President Donald Trump which called for a “pro-American curriculum”.
Right now, the project would only be taught in parks, museums, and state monuments, but a local teacher joins with many across the state who are concerned it will find its way into the city. class.
âIt is really important for students and educators to know that the Texas we have today began long before 1836. Texas has a rich history with a lot of positive things, but also a lot of negative things that must lead to our company now, âsaid Amarillo Education Association President Aaron Phillips.
House lawmakers passed the bill by a margin of 124-19.
Other amendments in the bill include raising awareness of the state’s Christian heritage and traditions of gun ownership, as well as acknowledging the Texan origins of the annual Juneteenth holiday.
The committee would post further reports on the Texas Education Agency website.
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