POLITICS
05/21/2010 09:21 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Texas Board Of Education To Vote On Controversial Curriculum Changes

The Texas State Board of Education will decide on Friday whether to approve a host of controversial changes to the state's school curriculum. Board members spent the week considering such issues as whether or not to insert eugenics, downplay the muckrakers of the early 20th century and shift the social studies standards to partially reflect the Tea Party movement.

If the changes are approved, future textbook purchases for the state's 4.7 million public school students will have to meet the new standards by 2011.

When the Board last met in March a majority of its members, led by seven arch-conservatives, voted to whitewash portions of American history.

On the first day of hearings this week Wednesday, Rod Paige, the former U.S. Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush, ripped the new curriculum.

"We have allowed ideology to drive and define the standards of our curriculum in Texas," Paige told the board.

Last week, Texas Board of Education member and former chairman Don McLeroy, a Republican, took the unusual step of releasing his proposed amendments before the hearings, which were emailed to other board members and Texas Education Agency staff.

Check out some of the proposed amendments that have been considered this week:

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Round Two Of Texas Textbook Changes

WATCH highlights from the this week's hearings from the Texas Freedom Network: