AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A State Board of Education committee has appointed 175 teachers, parents and experts to review a controversial social studies curriculum system designed to help teachers.
Conservatives have complained that the lesson plans included material that is too-liberal or anti-American. Supporters defend the system as critical for small school districts that lack the resources to develop their own lesson plans.
Opponents testified Friday that the state has dropped many of the lesson plans they opposed from the online system. Teachers said they use the materials as a supplement, not as a formula for teaching.
The Texas Legislature had passed a law requiring local school boards to approve any curriculum system before teachers can use it. The state board said they were conducting the review to assist school districts making that decision.
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