Texas board to vote on social studies standards

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New standards for teaching social studies and other lessons in Texas that could affect students nationwide are scheduled for a vote.

The Texas State Board of Education is expected to vote Friday, a day after wading through amendments to the state’s required social studies curriculum.

The debate has been contentious at times as the guidelines will dictate what about 4.8 million students from kindergarten through 12th grade must learn in social studies, history and economics over the next decade.

The guidelines also will be used by textbook publishers who develop material for the nation based on Texas, one of the largest markets.

The board is set to adopt final standards in March.