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April 08, 2015

NCLB Rewrite Expands Definition of 'Core Subjects,' Sparks Testing Outcry

The Senate draft adds writing, computer science, technology, music, and physical education to the list of "core academic subjects."

April 02, 2015

Utah to Require Citizenship Test for High School Graduation

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, signed into law this week a bill that requires high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test to graduate.

February 18, 2015

Proposal to Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History Moves Ahead in Oklahoma

The bill from GOP Rep. Dan Fisher would ban the use of state funds on materials and activities related to AP U.S. History; Fisher said the course's framework "emphasizes 'what is bad about America.'"

January 28, 2015

Teachers Head to Auschwitz for 70th Anniversary of the Camp's Liberation

In commemoration, 25 teachers from across the U.S. and 10 other countries spent four days traveling through Poland, visiting museums and historical sites in Warsaw, Krakow, and Oswiecim.

January 16, 2015

Arizona First to Require Citizenship Test for Graduation

Yesterday the Arizona legislature passed a bill that will require students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization civics test in order to graduate from high school.

January 02, 2015

HarperCollins Pulls School Atlases That Omit Israel

Publisher HarperCollins has pulled from shelves an atlas with maps that failed to include the state of Israel.

January 02, 2015

'Selma' as a Tool for Teaching American History

Criticism of the new movie offers teachers an opportunity to engage students in research and debate about its historical accuracy.

November 24, 2014

Filmmaker Ken Burns Talks Civics and Taking Deep Dives Into History

Ken Burns, who has directed and produced documentaries including 'The Civil War' series, addressed 1,000 social studies educators.

November 22, 2014

Undocumented Journalist Brings Immigration Issues to the Classroom

Jose Antonio Vargas, who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant, praised educators who are "allies" to undocumented students and unveiled a high school curriculum on immigration issues.

November 21, 2014

Majority of Texas Social Studies Textbooks Approved Despite Controversy

Nearly all of the social studies textbooks that were being considered by the Texas board of education have been sanctioned for use next school year.

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