King Applauds SBOE on Updated Social Studies Curriculum Standards

May 22, 2010

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After more than a year of debate, over 30 hours of public testimony over the course of four open public meetings, and 14,000 emails, the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved and successfully passed new Social Studies Curriculum Standards at their May 21, 2010 meeting. There has been much criticism from liberal commentators on how the SBOE handled the drafting of the new curriculum standards. While no curriculum can ever be perfect, the final work product is a strong step in the right direction and will give students a better understanding of the roots of American history.

State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) remarked, “The attacks on the State Board of Education ignored the transparent approach that the Board took toward developing curriculum standards for Texas school children, misstated many of the changes that the Board proposed, and sought to undermine the Board’s diligent work to execute its constitutional and statutory obligations. The Board should be applauded for their conscientious efforts; Texas school children will be the long-term beneficiaries.”