Outrage Over Texas Education Board

Texas – Teachers and professors who wrote the original draft of new high school history guidelines say the State Board of Education distorted their work.

Six members of the nine-member review committee released a two-page statement Wednesday as the board took public testimony on politically charged changes to the social studies standards.

The committee said suggested edits "reflect their lack of historical knowledge and their failure to listen to the appointed-citizen review committees." Committee members said they felt compelled to speak out by their "collective disgust" at the "distorted culmination of our work."

During Wednesday's hearing, a chorus of state and national leaders criticized the new standards and urged the board to delay a final vote scheduled for Friday.

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