Texas board to make finishing touches to social studies guidelines, set to vote FridayBy AP
Friday, May 21, 2010
Texas board to finish social studies guidelines
AUSTIN, Texas — The State Board of Education is set to wrap up debate on new social studies and history guidelines for Texas schools before voting.
Board members are expected to take a final vote on Friday.
They spent Thursday muddling through almost 150 amendments, most putting an even more conservative stamp on the lessons that will be taught to some 4.8 million Texas school children for the next decade.
In changes made Thursday, public school students in Texas would be required to evaluate efforts by global organizations to undermine U.S. sovereignty. Students also would have to discuss solvency of “long-term entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.”
Democrats were able to get a reference to President Barack Obama added to the curriculum.