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Fort Worth ISD Seeks Input From Public on Expanding Its Curriculum on Latino Studies

The district is partnering with TCU's Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies department on the plan

Fort Worth ISD is hosting a community forum Monday night to discuss expanding its curriculum on Latino studies.

The district will partner with TCU's Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies program to host the forum.

Parents, students, teachers and more are welcome to attend and provide their input.

In September, Fort Worth ISD's Board of Education Trustees authorized the district to hire TCU's Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies as a consultant to develop a K-12 overlay curriculum relating to Latino American history and culture that will be added to classes.

Orlando Lara, associate director with CRES, said the department was working with FWISD to incorporate more Latino studies into social studies classes and some electives.

"Fort Worth ISD is recognizing that students need to get a fuller picture of the United States," Lara said.

He said the new curriculum should go into effect in Fall 2019.

At the forum, Lara said he wanted to hear from the public in regard to what they think needs to be included, what they think is missing, and why it is important to them.

The meeting is from 6-8 p.m. at Paschal High School's cafeteria.

The Paschal Mariachi Band is scheduled to perform at the meeting.

During the 2017-18 school year, FWISD developed a similar curriculum with a focus on African and African-American history and culture.

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