Panel suggests Texas students study conservatives

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A draft report says Texas public school students should learn about Newt Gingrich and other conservative politicians -- but not liberals.

Details are in the first draft of proposed standards for the state's high school history books.

The San Antonio Experss-News today reports the omission has angered liberals - and some conservatives who feel students should get a look at both sides.

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio says they ought to be focusing on historical significance and historical figures.

He says it's important that whatever course they take, that it portray a complete view of our history and not a jaded view to suit one's partisan agenda or one's partisan philosophy.

The State Board of Education appointed review committees of current and former teachers as well as "expert reviewers" to help shape the standards document.

The 15-member board, which includes 10 Republicans, will decide the standards next spring.


Information from: San Antonio Express-News,

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