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Lost In Austin: Texas School Board Majority Takes Hard-Right Turn Down Wrong Road

What happens in Texas, unfortunately, may not stay in Texas.

That’s the concern for many religious leaders, historians and civil liberties activists who are appalled at the Texas State Board of Education’s actions last week. The board is currently revising the state’s social studies curriculum and has decided to base the new standards on their personal ideological beliefs instead of real history. Read more

Social Studies Smackdown: Texas Faces Moment Of Truth On Standards

Today, the Texas State Board of Education will debate and discuss what to do about the future of the state's social studies curriculum, before taking the first of two votes on the issue tomorrow.

The Board's discussion will likely incorporate the advice members heard in testimony yesterday from citizens who signed up to speak, all conveying thoughts on what would be best for the students of Texas. Read more

Lone Star Scrape: Texas Hearings On Social Studies Curriculum May Get Heated

The showdown in Texas over religion in the classroom continues this week.

The Texas State Board of Education is holding hearings on the social studies curriculum. And, as we have reported before, what should be a simple discussion based on recommendations from historians has turned into a debate fueled by the Religious Right to push "Christian nation" propaganda.

Leading the way are David Barton and the Rev. Peter Marshall, two well-known Religious Right activists who were selected by the board to sit on the six-member social studies curriculum review panel. Read more

Targeting Texas: Social Studies Panel May Include Right-Wing Ideologues

First it was science. Now it's social studies. What's next – a Religious Right version of algebra?

Texas Freedom Network (TFN) reported over the weekend that the Texas State Board of Education is gearing up to appoint a social studies curriculum "expert" panel, and according to TFN, David Barton is at the top of this "expert" list. Read more

A Ruse By Any Other Name: Texas Fundamentalists Want State To Honor Religion As Science

At least some people in Texas are standing up for sound science education. And hopefully, they won't back down, despite a new lawsuit challenging their decision.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) has sued the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for failing to approve its master's degree in creationism-based science education. Read more

Lone Star Disgrace: Texas Science Educator Loses Lawsuit Over Ouster

The Texas State Board of Education has been wrangling over evolution for months now. Recently, board members spent two full days squabbling over new science standards and   fighting over concepts such as common descent and natural selection.

The results were decidedly mixed. Some of the most obnoxious proposals failed to pass, but critics fear there is some overly vague language in the new standards that could open the door to creationist concepts in public schools. Read more

Passing The Science Test: Texas School Board Derails Most Of Creationist Plot

Today seems to be a pretty good end to a very historical week -- at least on the church-state separation front.

This morning, the Texas State Board of Education voted 8-7 to approve science standards that leave out well-known creationist code language that could weaken science education.

A final vote is scheduled for March, but according to a report from the Dallas News, the board will likely ratify today's vote. Read more

Dinosaurs Spotted In Texas!: Barney And Friends Urge Texas School Board To Teach Sound Science

At yesterday's Texas State Board of Education meeting, Barney the Dinosaur asked board chairman Don McLeroy, "How old am I? 4,000 or 64,000,000?" (See Barney here.)

Someone dressed as PBS's big purple pal was there in Austin with dozens of scientists, students, teachers, clergy and other citizens to give testimony in support of sound science standards for Texas public school children. Read more

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