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May 21, 2010 6:49 PM by David Ortiviz

Texas board adopts conservative high school curriculum

The State Board of Education has adopted new social studies and history guidelines for Texas high school classrooms. The standards have been given a more conservative bent by the board. They dictate how political events and figures will be taught to some 4.8 million schoolchildren in Texas and beyond for the next decade.

The standards also will be used by textbook publishers who often develop materials for other states based on those approved in Texas. The debate has brought national attention to the effort, which this week featured testimony from educators, civil rights leaders and a former U.S. education secretary.

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