Vote on social studies standards likely today

The Dallas  News reports that social conservatives on the State Board of Education were poised on May 20 to push for a curriculum standard that would encourage high school students to question the legal doctrine of church-state separation–a sore point for social conservative groups across the country. After working on scores of additions and changes to new social studies standards for elementary and middle schools, board members turned their attention to the requirements for high schools–where most of the disputes on the board have surfaced. The board is supposed to wrap up the adoption process today with a vote scheduled on the final curriculum requirements, which will dictate what is taught in all Texas schools and provide the basis for textbooks and student achievement tests over the next decade. The Republican-dominated board rejected an attempt by Democrats in March to have high school students study the reasons the Founding Fathers barred the government from promoting any religion. The GOP opposition reflected the hostility of many social conservatives to U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have affirmed the separation of church and state–including one far-reaching ruling that banned school-sponsored prayer…

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