Texas School Board to Vote on Textbook Changes: Is It Rewriting History?

Members of the influential Texas School Board are about to vote on a set of changes to Texas textbooks. Given the state's influence over textbook publishers, its decisions could have national significance..

Protesters gathered this week in Austin to air their objections to the changes, which critics say are attempts to rewrite history. The new textbook standards would require texts to emphasize the Christian faith of the nation's founding fathers. Some earlier versions even removed references to Thomas Jefferson, who coined the phrase "separation of church and state," though those references have since been reinstated.

The changes are expected to pass when the board takes its final vote.

Conservatives on the board argue that they're balancing a liberal slant that they believe has permeated textbooks in recent decades, but others say their changes amount to dangerous meddling and is a disservice to Texas students.

We want to know what you think: Is the Texas School Board recklessly rewriting history?

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