Texas Ed Board Urged to Respect Faith Heritage

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Texas legislators urged the state's board of education not to remove America's Christian heritage from the state's social studies curriculum.

State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, read a letter from the Texas Conservative Coalition at the school board's meeting on Wednesday. The letter said the board should resist pressure to remove "references to Judeo-Christian faiths while promoting references to other religions."

The 15-member board, made up of 10 Republicans and 5 Democrats, is in the process of deciding what material should be permitted in social studies textbooks.

"This is a huge issue because one of favorites is Abe Lincoln 'the philosophy in schoolroom in one generation is philosophy of government in next' so we are looking what philosophy are students going to garner from these social studies s textbooks," board member Cynthia Dunbar said.

The panel is scheduled to hold a preliminary vote this week and to adopt a final curriculum in May.

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