Baby steps, Hilz, baby steps:
Today, the Texas school curriculum.
Tomorrow, the White House.
The Texas State Board of Education backed a motion Tuesday evening to reinsert Hillary Clinton into the state’s 11th-grade U.S. history standards, two months after voting to remove the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee from the state’s curriculum. In a separate action Tuesday, the board backed restoring disability rights advocate Helen Keller to the state’s third-grade social studies curriculum standards.
The action spilled over to Wednesday, when the board voted to keep Moses in high school U.S. history standards.
The state board is meeting this week to finalize the changes to social studies curriculum, part of a streamlining effort that began 10 months ago in response to teacher feedback that the standards included too much material to cover in a school year. Work groups made up of teachers, historians and curriculum experts were tasked with cutting repetitive and unnecessary requirements out of the social studies standards. The board took preliminary votes on the changes Tuesday and Wednesday and will take final votes on Friday.
Board member Erika Beltran, D-Fort Worth, successfully moved Tuesday to reinsert Clinton into the standards, with the support of some conservative colleagues.
Board member Marty Rowley, R-Amarillo, referenced “tons of public comment” that he’d received before Tuesday’s meeting. “I don’t agree, obviously, with her politics,” he said. “I just think she qualifies as significant.”
But Beltran failed Wednesday at persuading the board to remove Moses, a move she and other Democrats said would make the standards more accurate.
Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio, and other conservative members of the board argued loudly for keeping Moses in as an influence on the country’s founding fathers in developing law and government. They cited Gov. Greg Abbott, who had weighed in on the matter on Twitter in September, saying, “Eliminating Moses as one of our law-givers is contrary to factual history and to #SCOTUS precedent.”….