ACLU also going after Texas Board of Education over curriculum guidelines

Posted on 13 May 2010 at 6:03pm

Yesterday, I posted this item about Equality Texas’ plans to attend the Texas State Board of Education meeting to demand that the board revise its Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards to include LGBT people and more accurately the state’s diversity.

Today, I got word that the ACLU of Texas isn’t too happy with the SBOE, either, and is accusing the board of “systemic abuse of power,” and calling on the state Legislature to limit board members’ ability to “insert personal ideologies into curriculum content”

ACLU of Texas Executive Director Terri Burke declared, “A public school curriculum should promote academic integrity, not ideological agendas.”

Burke also noted that the SBOE next meets May 18-21 in Austin, and that the public comment period on the proposed TEKS standards extends through May 19. She said the SBOE already has received more than 20,000 comments.

Go here to read ACLU’s report on the SBOE and the standards and the organization’s list of suggestions on what the Legislature needs to do to curb abuse by the SBOE members.

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