Conservatives win vote on school curriculum

Texas standards influence publishing nationwide
In a battle over the content of public school textbooks that is widely thought to have national implications, religious conservatives on the Texas Board of Education succeeded in adopting curriculum guidelines that reflect their views on U.S. history and economics.

Board members, who are elected to their posts, also rejected a motion by a Democrat member that would have required students to study why the Founding Fathers “protected religious freedom in America by barring government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion over all others.” On that vote, seven social conservatives on the board were joined by three moderate Republicans in voting down the Demo crats—three Latinos and two blacks.

The March 12 final vote on a package of amendments to the guidelines was 11 to 4. Board members will return to the state capital in May for a final vote, but few changes are expected.


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