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New Texas Textbooks Appear to Minimize Slavery as Civil War Issue

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Public school students in Texas will be using a new textbook for their social studies class when they begin school again in the fall — and the controversial contents of the text will be based on state academic standards that skirt the issue of racial segregation and leave out information about the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws. In 2010, members of the state board of education revised the state’s social studies standards to adjust for what they called a liberal slant.

Charters felt pressured to promise miraculous progress — but none met the targets

The Hechinger Report

About one-third of applications were either unavailable for review or failed to include clear numerical academic goals. People didn’t understand the low academic scores our kids had when they were walking in the door after Katrina,” said Jacobs, recalling how the state scrambled to open enough schools for the thousands of students returning from displacement in Texas and other states. She expected much more than ‘You’re going to meet state standards,’” he said.