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Texas State Board Of Education Rejects Mexican-American Studies Textbook

Nov 16, 2016
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The State Board of Education voted 14-0 Wednesday to deny the adoption of a Mexican-American studies textbook decried by opponents as racist and inaccurate.

Today’s schoolchildren favor socialism over the free market. Common Core educational standards — banned in Texas — have crept into the classroom. And Texas schools should “teach the knowledge and skills that made the United States the leader of the world,” including cursive, phonics and multiplication tables.

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A race for a seat on the State Board of Education representing Northeast Texas is getting an unusual amount of attention.

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Campaigns for the Texas Board of Education seldom make news, especially in the 31 rural and small-town counties east of Dallas that make up District 9. Republican candidate Mary Lou Bruner has changed that.

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University professors and activists are urging two major textbook publishers to modify climate change lessons in social studies books being considered for adoption in Texas classrooms.

Study Up For 'Think': Textbook Truths

Oct 6, 2014
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Does an education heavy on biases compromise the learning health of a classroom? The Texas State Board of Education will vote on new social studies textbooks, a first since 2002, in November. A group of professionals studied the material the proposed books will have and found numerous inaccuracies and opinions.  Professors David Brockman, religious studies scholar, and Kathleen Wellman, history intellectual,  join Krys Boyd in the textbook conversation today at 1 p.m.

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Texas is limiting the influence of a new national Advanced Placement U.S. History course and exam amid conservative complaints that they're rife with anti-American bias.

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Republican Pat Hardy of Fort Worth is fighting to keep her seat on the State Board of Education after 11 years representing parts of Tarrant, Parker and Dallas counties.

She faces tea party-backed challenger Eric Mahroum from Bedford in the May 27 runoff.  He claims Hardy has sided too often with moderate members of the board.

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Pat Hardy, a 12-year incumbent on the State Board of Education, is facing a tough challenge from a conservative activist in a Republican primary runoff that could shift the balance of power on the board. 

Tea Party groups in the district, which includes Parker County and parts of Tarrant and Dallas counties, have thrown their support behind Hardy's opponent, Eric Mahroum of Fort Worth.

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The State Board of Education approved new high school graduation requirements last month. Among the changes – students don’t need Algebra II or a fourth year of social studies to graduate. Here’s how one district – Richardson – is pushing its students beyond the state requirements.

The State Board of Education approved new high school graduation requirements last month. Among the changes – students don’t need Algebra II or a fourth year of social studies to graduate.

 

Here’s how one district – Richardson – is pushing its students beyond the state requirements.

 

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The Texas Board of Education on Friday approved a new high school curriculum that drops algebra II as a graduation requirement for most students.
 
The academic overhaul grew out of a law passed overwhelmingly by the state Legislature last year. It also cut the number of standardized tests high schoolers must pass from 15 to five.
 
The board's 14 to 1 vote formally beings implementation of the new curriculum, which takes effect in September.

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The Texas Board of Education has approved tighter rules dictating who can serve on volunteer panels that scrutinize textbooks, a move that could soften ideological fights over what students learn in public schools.

Among the changes approved Friday include a mandate that teachers or professors be given priority for serving on textbook panels for subjects in their areas of expertise.

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A documentary airing again this weekend looks at classroom culture war battles that have taken place in Texas over the past 50 years.

“The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom” airs at 9 p.m. Saturday on KERA 90.1 FM. (It first aired Dec. 15 on KERA.) You can also listen to it here.

Now that Texas lawmakers have revamped high school graduation requirements, the State Board of Education must decide what courses should be considered advanced. KUHF Public Radio in Houston looks at this issue, which the board takes up this week. A final decision is expected in January.

The battle over how evolution will be presented for all public school students in Texas led to rallies and heated testimony during a State Board of Education meeting.

Much of the controversy has to do with a group of people who are proponents of "creationism" that are trying to alter the way evolution is presented in next year’s biology textbook, questioning the soundness of the theory.

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GED testing is joining the digital age. Beginning in January, there will be no more paper tests. Students will have to use a computer. That’s launched a debate among people who give the test and the State Board of Education which is wondering if it should seek an alternative test for adults who want to get a high school equivalent certificate.

During the State Board of Education meeting this week, Texas Education Agency's attorney David Anderson said there's nothing on the books to prevent school districts from using the CSCOPE curriculum. CSCOPE came under fire earlier this year and in May, Republican Sen. Dan Patrick said Texas school districts would no longer use its lesson plans.

Dallas Police say they found drugs and guns in the South Dallas house where a foot chase began yesterday evening. It ended with the fatal shooting of a suspect by police.