Former Bush administration Education Secretary Rod Paige has asked the Texas State Board of Education to delay its vote on proposed history and social studies curriculum, but the vote is going ahead without delay.
The ex-superintendent of the Houston Independent School District said the standards have become too politicized. Paige asked that the board take another look at how the history of slavery and the civil rights movement are portrayed.
The board faced a long day Wednesday with a record number of witnesses, more than 200, registered to speak on the proposed rewrite of history and social studies class guidelines.
A vote Friday will set standards for teaching history and social studies to some 4.8 million public school students for 10 years.