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March 15, 2010

Obama Aims to 'Renovate a Flawed Law'

President Obama's plan to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act could have some potentially significant implications for curriculum matters across the country.

March 12, 2010

Texas Board Tentatively OKs Social Studies Standards

The Texas board of education by a vote of 11-4 gave its preliminary approval to new social studies standards.

March 10, 2010

Praise and Criticism for Grade-by-Grade Common Standards

There is an interesting mix of reactions taking shape to the first public draft of the K-12 common standards. (Yes, these folks viewed advance, embargoed copies, or already had the draft because it's been circulated among state leaders.) Check out our story on, and check back again a...

March 09, 2010

Texas Board Ready for Next Round in Social Studies Debate

The Texas state board of education is gearing up to resume debate over revisions to the state's social studies standards.

February 16, 2010

How Texas Rewrote Its Social Studies Standards: A Case Study

A lot of people are talking about The New York Times story on how Texas revised its social studies standards. (You might remember that process got just a tad controversial recently.) Read what Eduwonk has to say about it (the blog provides lots of good links to other commentary as well). Former Gat...

February 11, 2010

Ohio Effort to Revise Social Studies Standards Sparks Debate

Add Ohio to the list of states currently working to revamp Social Studies standards.

January 26, 2010

State of the Union Bingo?

Online lesson plans are available to help teachers make the most of the State of the Union address.

January 25, 2010

High School Students Debate Constitutional Issues Online

High school students took to their computers last week, but it wasn't to chat on Facebook. This time, they were applying constitutional principles to the issue of gay marriage. The video conference with students from high schools around the country was part of a program called The Exchange. Based a...

January 13, 2010

Texas Social Studies Hearing Likely to Get Hot

The Texas State Board of Education today is taking public testimony on new social studies standards being developed.

December 18, 2009

Don't Know Much About History...

Policymakers need to raise the level of history instruction in U.S. schools by making state certification requirements for teachers of history more stringent, argues a report released today by the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va.

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