TEXAS SCHOOLS-SOCIAL STUDIES
Historians seek delay on Texas social studies vote
DALLAS (AP) - Some history teachers at the college level are
calling on the State Board of Education to delay a planned spring
vote on public school social study standards.
The board on March 12 gave preliminary approval to the new
standards for grades K-12. A final vote is expected in May.
Critics say the proposed changes minimize the struggles of
An open letter to the board lists seven historians from the
University of Texas at Austin and UT-El Paso.
The letter is dated Monday and recommends the standards not be
adopted until feedback is sought from "qualified, credentialed
content experts from the state's colleges and universities" and
the general public.
Texas Education Agency spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe, speaking
for the State Board of Education, did not immediately return a
message Thursday from The Associated Press.