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Debate set to kickoff over how Texas students learn history

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The State Board of Education will discuss what Texas students must learn in social studies class at a meeting Monday. State education leaders on Monday will wade into the complex process of revamping the standards for what children should learn about the world, Texas and America’s complicated past and present.

The State Board of Education will hold a public hearing on what students learn in social studies class, thrusting them into a national spotlight that’s grown even brighter amid escalating political pressures.

Drafts of the proposed state standards, known as Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills or TEKS , are available online. Education advocates say they’re heartened by what’s in them so far and are hopeful the elected board “will listen to the professionals and put political agendas aside.”

“We’re encouraged by what we’re seeing so far in the drafts despite all the efforts by state leaders to turn our schools into culture war battlegrounds,” said Carisa Lopez, the Texas Freedom Network political director. “The teachers and scholars on the work groups have done a pretty good job putting politics aside and writing standards that teach the truth and address the experiences of the diverse communities that have contributed to the American story.”

Lopez’s […]

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