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Lawmakers Hear Bill to Change History Requirements

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    Texas lawmakers are considering requiring college students to take six hours of comprehensive American or Texas history to earn a state university degree.

    Freshman Repulibcan Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (kah-PRIHG'-lee-yoh-nee) of Southlake presented his bill Wednesday night to the House Higher Education Committee.
    Texas college students already take history in their core curriculum. But a report by the National Association of Scholars questions whether classes that narrowly focus on American naval history or African-American history satisfy that requirement.
    Capriglione's bill specifies that students must take a class with a "comprehensive survey" of American or Texas history. However, some lawmakers questione whether the Legislature should meddle with specific college curriculum.