Texas ed board starts long day of testimony

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on May 19, 2010 at 7:09 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 19 at 11:55 AM

AUSTIN -- Former Bush administration Education Secretary Rod Paige has asked the State Board of Education to delay its vote on proposed history and social studies curriculum.

The ex-superintendent of the Houston Independent School District says the standards have become too politicized. Paige asked that the board take another look at how the history of slavery and the civil rights movement are portrayed.

The board faced a long day Wednesday with a record number of witnesses, more than 200, registered to speak on the proposed rewrite of history and social studies class guidelines.

A vote later this week will set standards for teaching history and social studies to some 4.8 million public school students for 10 years.

Officials have indicated they'll go forward with the vote without delay.

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