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Educators Seek Delay of Vote on Social Studies Standards

By The Associated Press — April 20, 2010 1 min read

A group of university educators called on the Texas board of education last week to delay a final vote on contentious statewide curriculum standards until experts from higher education can weigh in on the matter.

In an open letter made public April 15, the educators called on the board to delay it’s planned May vote until curriculum teams and a panel of qualified, credentialed content experts from the state’s colleges and universities can review changes the board made and “prepare a new draft of the standards that is fair, accurate, and balanced,” the letter says.

“The integrity of the curriculum revision process has been compromised,” the educators write.

Last month, the board gave preliminary approval to new standards for grades K-12 after three days of public hearings and contentious debate. A faction of the board succeeded in injecting conservative ideals into social studies, history and economics lessons.

A version of this article appeared in the April 21, 2010 edition of Education Week as Educators Seek Delay of Vote on Social Studies Standards